KALLIAS PREMIERE VIDEO FOR “BLACK DREAM” AT METAL INJECTION — WATCH
THE FOURTH PHASE EP OUT TODAY
BAND FEATURES EX-MEMBERS OF ALLEGAEON, EYE RA HAZE, + MORE
Progressive instrumental band KALLIAS, featuring former members of Allegaeon, Eye Ra Haze, and more, have premiered the video for “Black Dream” over at Metal Injection. Watch it here.
“With ‘Black Dream,’ we really wanted to transcend different emotions and vibes within the one song and video,” the band shares. “It’s a bit harder for an instrumental band to do so because there are no lyrics so we have to be selective of how we approach certain sections. The song and video can be interpreted simply as an alien abduction or night terrors that abductees claim to experience. However, we wanted and continue to make music that is open to interpretation to us and our listeners. There are passages in the song that are very aggressive but also more gentle which really signify the feelings and inspirations that we as individuals and as a band have.”
The song appears on the band’s EP, The Fourth Phase, which is out today. Get it here.
In a world where finding true connection with others and meaning within your art has become a rarity, it was no coincidence when four passionate musicians quickly connected by mutual friends and soon composed what they collectively admitted to be their best and most soulful music. Taken back by the beauty of this feeling, KALLIAS, meaning “beauty” in Greek, was born. The idea wasn’t to start another technical, progressive, or heavy metal band. It became a vision to create a heavy cerebral experience, in listening and visualizing.
Kallias is comprised of players who are masters of their craft. Nicole Papastavrou and Zaki Ali‘s 8-string guitar work nods to Jeff Loomis, Mikael Akerfeldt, and Frederick Thordendall — with twisting riff progressions, charming cleans, tastefully intricate leads — all heavy with emotion. JP Andrade‘s undeniably precise percussion serves the music on every level, from jazz-influenced melodic sections to satisfyingly odd rhythms for the eager prog-loving ear. Beautifully woven bass lines by Chris Marrone provide an indomitable structure and embrace for each instrument — never overpowering, yet always highlighting.
For modern day prog and metal fans, Kallias can be compared to bands such as Opeth, Meshuggah, and Decapitated. The quartet holds a musical chemistry that is few and far between and that will keep you in the foreground from the beginning with bone-chilling introductions. This is by no means background music. Kallias creates their own genre for a panoramic audio experience that demands the listener’s undivided attention to focus and feel.
THE FOURTH PHASE EP TRACK LISTING:
“The Fourth Phase” (Featuring Rick Graham)
Nicole Papastavrou — Guitar
Zaki Ali — Guitar
John Paul Andrade — Drums
Chris Marrone — Bass