Die Klammern neben Bob Katsionis’ Namen können eine ziemlich interessante Geschichte eines rastlosen Musikers erzählen, der keine Grenzen kennt; von seinen frühen Tagen im Dark Metal mit NIGHTFALL, Black Metal mit SEPTIC FLESH, zu den glitzernden AOR-Helden OUTLOUD, den deutschen Power-Metallern SERIOUS BLACK, seinen 15 Jahren neben Gus G. bei FIREWIND, als Gastsongwriter bei KAMELOT, seine jüngste Arbeit bei der Underground-Sensation WARRIOR PATH und natürlich 6 instrumentale Soloalben dazwischen, Bob war immer eine höchst produktive Kraft im Arsenal der aufstrebenden griechischen Heavy Metal-Szene.
Die Band wurde kürzloch gegründet und beinhaltet den Süd-Ameirkanischen Bruce Dickinson Sound-a-like Artur Almeida (ATTICK DEMONS) sowie Mitglieder von OUTLOUD, BIFF BYFORD und MONUMENT.
Mit Bobs eigenen Worten:
“The beginning of 2020 found me “band-less” for the first time since I ever started playing the guitar, back in 1992. This was an extraordinary feeling as I felt that I didn’t have to make music for a specific band or project; instead, I could just write whatever I felt like I wanted to write.
During the first months of the pandemic, I released a 16-bit video game fictional soundtrack, built my new studio, and worked on the new album of Warrior Path. There was finally so much time in my hands and so much inspiration. During the “Great Second Global Lockdown” on December 2020, I just got my Fender guitar, plugged it on my Marshall, and started writing some songs in an Iron Maiden style, just for the fun of it. One week later, there was enough material for a full album. Then I realized that this had to become something more significant and that I needed to find other mega-Iron Maiden fans to creatively input on this project.
The first choice was Thanos Pappas, the drummer of Scar Of The Sun, who also runs URIZEN, Greece’s first and only Bruce Dickinson Tribute Band!
Then another obvious choice was bassist Gus Macricostas who now lives in the UK and plays in the solo band of Biff Byford. We played together back in 2002 in Casus Belli, and I always knew how big a fan of Steve Harris was.
As for the vocals, that was a bit harder. The obvious choice was some Youtube Bruce Dickinson-soundalikes, but I needed something more professional. Then came my friend Dan Baune, guitarist of UK-based band MONUMENT who -apart from playing some guest solos in the album- suggested Artur Almeida of Portuguese NWOBHM-style band, Attick Demons. He was a total pro and a great person as well. I’m more than happy with the result and can’t wait until you guys hear what we have to offer!
I’ve been an Iron Maiden and Heavy Metal fan since one evening of 1988 when I watched “Can I Play With Madness” on MTV. This album is a big “Thank You” to this band who influenced my future and course of life, and also one of the most sincere music releases I have ever done.”
Das Debüt soll im September via Symmetric Records erscheinen.
Artur Almeida: Vocals
Bob Katsionis: All Rhythm/Lead Guitars & Keyboards
Gus Macricostas: Bass
Thanos Pappas: Drums
Dan Baune: Guest guitar solos