– The Median Man
“Just like you think you’ve had it, the title track The Order Of The Silver Compass is kicking in, just in time. Here shows the band their black metal side, while the basis lies on a bay-area sound. The vocals are even more black, while the melancholy clean chorus is sung in a way we know from a band like Mercenary or Scar Symmetry……
….On Mechanized Assault the throttle, after another long intro, is pushed. Blackend groove metal predominates, because that’s how you can describe the band in this song. Through the addition of some sympphonic keyboards, this song also shows some influences from bands like Behemoth, Samael, Rotting Christ or Dimmu Borgir. Something that also emerges in the ensuing Nightmare Sound, while the melancholic vocals from the beginning of the album return….
…..The band is in the midst of heavy metal and black metal, but offers fans of both genres enough material to drink a beer together. ”
– Metal Warehouse
“The style of ‡ Athanasia ‡ is not so easy to put in any of the usual drawers. Rather, the band moves in a conglomerate on classic Metal, Thrash and Death / Black Metal elements whose weighting varies within the songs constantly. On the one hand, this may take a bit of getting used to, but on the other hand it may appeal to a willing and diverse audience.”
“Strong debut of the US band Athanasia. A broad coverage of various metal genres, vocal variety and wild guitar solos. Especially in the second half of the album “The Order Of The Silver Compass” is going strong. Listen and enjoy. Let’s hope that this debut album will be followed by many more Athansia works”
– Metal Inside
Caleb Bingham | Guitar, Lead Vocals
Chris Davidsson | Bass, Backing Vocals
Dan Brooklyn | Drums
This album was recorded at the highest level of fidelity possible using only the finest analog and digital equipment available.
Recorded at Nightmare Sound ( www.nightmaresound.net )
Produced and engineered by Caleb Bingham
Mixed at Mission:Black Studios
Mixing Engineer – Chris Collier ( www.cmc21productions.com )
Mastered at Bernie Grundman Mastering
( www.berniegrundmanmastering.com )
Mastering Engineer – Joe Bozzi
Additional production and arrangement on tracks 1, 4, and 5 by Chris Collier.
Additional background vocals on track 6 by Josh Florian, Scarlett Pomers, and Brittany Paige Chapman.
Additional ambience, sampling, electronics manipulation, background vocals, and lyrics on track 8 by Curses.
Drums/Percussion played by Mike Gomez
Artwork and Design – Jorden Haley ( www.jordenhaley.com )