Porphyra | Faith, Struggle, Victory

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Faith, Struggle, Victory

by Porphyra

Just what the doctor ordered! Some Melodic Metal for the Soul. Finally an eclectic, modern Rock band incorporating Hard Rock and Symphonic Metal with Greek folk, punk, progressive and classical textures.
Genre: Metal/Punk: Heavy Metal
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Dreamkiller
4:50 $0.99
2. The Legend of Alexander
7:52 $0.99
3. Rise Up
4:23 $0.99
4. Shine
3:13 $0.99
5. The Last Cosmonaut
5:56 $0.99
6. No Fear
3:35 $0.99
7. Porphyra
4:19 $0.99
8. Out of Reach
4:15 $0.99
9. 988AD: In the Time of Basil II Emperor of Byzantium
10:01 $0.99
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Album Notes
Heavy, exotic, Metal epics & quick driving Hard Rock anthems, the new Porphyra album "Faith, Struggle, Victory" will have something to please all Rock fans!

New York based group, Porphyra, which comes from the Greek “Πορφύρα,” meaning Purple or Porphyry Chamber, formerly Phoenix Reign, has been around since 1998. Porphyra is an eclectic modern Rock band whose musical styling incorporates Hard Rock and Symphonic Metal with Greek folk, progressive and classical textures.

Billy Chrissochos created a new version of this no holds barred Rock band in 2013 that fuses all their collective tastes. Featuring guest vocals by Chandler Mogel (Outloud, Khaos) and a killer array of songs the band recorded "Faith, Struggle, Victory" with engineer Ethan Bill gearing up to bring their brand of unique metal to the masses.

Billy Chrissochos, who has a long history of crafting classic epics, such as Phoenix Reign’s 14 minute opus Constantinople 1453 (On the Eve of the Fall) off the Destination unknown album, was hailed in Greece’s War and History (Polemos & Historia) magazine as “the band that fused Rock with the Fall of Constantinople.” Constantinople 1453 features the first time a Tzoura, (a cousin of the bouzouki) and the Kanonaki, (a Byzantine stringed, wooden, trapezoid instrument) was ever used in a Heavy Metal.

Added to that legacy are two new modern, historical epics. The first epic centers on the life and legend of Alexander the Great. The second is based on the momentous year of 988 AD. 988 AD is the year Vladimir the Great , Grand Prince of the Kievan Rus, married the sister of Basil II, emperor of Byzantium, thus bringing Russia to the cultural sphere of Christian, Medieval Greece.

There is plenty of other material on the new Porphyra album covering everything from the loneliness of a Cosmonaut in Space, Spartan Cyborgs battling an ancient evil, to songs of overcoming obstacles, modern day, martial arts gladiators, seizing the day, and the unstoppable passing of time. Of course the title song, Porphyra, tells the tale of an emperor of Constantinople, with its stylized ethnic Bouzouki, Violin and Doumbek touches. The National Herald (Ethnikos Kirix), the largest Greek-American newspaper in North America declared that the title song "Porphyra", could truly claim the label "Byzantine Rock"!

Porphyra's album inspired "Porphyra, A Grecian Rock Opera" that debuted at Carnegie Hall and Off Broadway at The Players Theatre!

Porphyra the band is able to mix timeless themes of Greek history, Mythology and Science Fiction and offer them to a new audience seeking something exotic and fresh. The album also features plenty of female vocals, guests, exotic instruments, as well as exclusive cover and album art created by Billy Chrissochos, who also serves as President of the Greek Artists Guild. Come on board and enjoy the ride.



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Excellent CD
I must say, it is an exceptional CD that I have played multiple times since the recent CD release show. Great job! The CD mainly features male lead vocals but there are some songs with excellent, powerful female lead vocals.