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Allochiria's Bassist Talks New Album "Omonoia"

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After the band's debut self-titled EP back in 2010, Greek outfit Allochiria has finally unleashed a full-length titled "Omonoia," which incorporates elements of everything from psychedelic rock to sludge-seeping doom.

With the new album dropping last month, Allochiria got in touch with Metalunderground.com to discuss the full-length's recording process and let fans know what they can expect from this latest opus. Read the full interview below with Allochiria's bassist Ted.

xFiruath: What’s happening in the Athens music scene these days?

Ted: Well, the underground scene in Athens thrives for some years now. The groups that are noteworthy are many. Check out Sun of Nothing, Tardive Dyskinesia, Universe 217, Sarabante, Lethe, The Voldera Cult, Hedvika and others that I may forget right now. There is a great deal of inspiration and passion, you won't be disappointed.

xFiruath: For our readers not familiar with Allochiria, can you give me a brief history of the band?

Ted: The group exists for six years now. Four years ago we released our first EP and this year our first album entitled "Omonoia." Most of us used to be friends before the group, and the founding members are childhood friends.

xFiruath: Your new album “Omonoia” follows a previous EP release. How does this release differ from the previous one and how has your music changed?

Ted: "Omonoia" is certainly more complete as a piece of music. It fully represents the things we want to say as Allochiria. I think that it is much more mature than the EP, and the group's chemistry has evolved and our influences blend well together now.

xFiruath: Where did you record the new album and how did the recording process go?

Ted: We recorded at the Universe studios. The recordings were very tiring but productive at the same time. We had a very good communication with the guys from the studio which made the process more creative. Their contribution to the creation of the album was great and we thank them for that.

xFiruath: What sort of themes are you dealing with on the album and what topics do the lyrics cover?

Ted: The "Omonoia" theme deals with man as a social being, the corruption that defines him in modern societies, his vain struggles, painful routine, and meaningless actions. It has an urban and industrial feeling and describes daily routine in a city from many aspects.

xFiruath: What’s happening with the album’s cover artwork and how does it connect to the music?

Ted: It generally represents how everything is industrialized. The cover shows some gears around a man and the booklet inside have natural landscapes occupied by gears. Industrialization is a bad aspect of a city so it's very relevant with our album's theme.

xFiruath: Do you have any upcoming live show activity?

Ted: We have arranged several concerts in Greece and we want to present "Omonoia" in as many places as possible. Later we want to try to play in some other European countries.

xFiruath: What’s coming out in rock and metal that you are looking forward to in the near future?

Ted: I'm not the kind of guy who waits for new releases so I prefer to hear something when I feel like. These days, however, I listen to "Sunbather" from Deafheaven and "Is Survived By" from Touché Amore.

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Ty Arthur is a freelance writer who writes for both entertainment and technical instruction sites. An avid fan of many different forms of metal, he has been involved in reviewing music for several years and is currently a contributing editor for Metalunderground.com

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