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Battle of Egos

by Winter Crescent

Sounds Like Nevermore, Queensryche, Crimson Glory and Control Denied. We are a progressive metal band from Heraklion Crete, Greece
Genre: Metal/Punk: Progressive Metal
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1. Battle of Egos Intro
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2. Battle of Egos Part I
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3. Battle of Egos Part II
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4. Furrow
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5. My Last Will
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6. Winter Crescent
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The music is a wonderful "In your face" progressive metal, with clear influences from Nevermore, with no tiring long lengthed solos, bridges and fillings, the band was not trying to prove that they are virtuosos, but they successfully proved that they are excellent instrument players, composers and producers (the production is home made). The songs, which most of them are composed by Alexis Ktistakis, are so careful composed, that the care is qualitatively similar to a cardiac surgeon while he operates. Each note is, if not perfect, almost perfect in the proper position. ( review taken from )

Greek Metal Hammer
-Pick of the Month (September)-

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A knight of light Review
This is the first release of Winter Crescent.This greek progressive metal band that was formed in Heraklion (the fourth largest city of Greece) in 2000 and they play progressive metal. The truth is that I am not into progressive metal music that much the last few years, but this band is really good. They are definitely one of the best bands I have listened to in this genre the last years. Their work has seven songs, it lasts about 35 minutes and their songwriting manages to keep the listener’s interest intact throughout. Their songs can be listened to not only by prog metal fans but also from all the metal fans in general and this is really important!!! The vocals of Nikos Spiridakis are really good, the other lads are good at what they do as well, the production is strong and balanced and the artwork is quite interesting. Maybe the best tracks are “The Battle of Egos Part 2″ and “Lost in Dreams”. So overall we have here a good progressive metal release which should be checked out by all metal fans!! It seems that Greece produces good progressive metal releases lately!!

Greek Rebels Review

Greek Rebels Zine
Όταν λέω εγώ ότι η ελληνική σκηνή άμα θέλει το έχει πολύ άσχημα…Οι winter crescent μας έρχονται από νότια (Ηράκλειο Κρήτης) και το ‘the battle of egos’ είναι μια από τις καλύτερες home-made παραγωγές που έχω ακούσει εγχώρια και φυσικά δεν θα μείνω να θαυμάζω μόνο την παραγωγή. Όταν πρωτοάκουσα τον δίσκο η αλήθεια είναι ότι μου μαγνήτισε εξ’ αρχής την προσοχή από τους όχι και λίγους επηρεασμούς από Nevermore που κουβαλάνε, κυρίως από την μεριά του τραγουδιστή. Αυτό που πραγματικά με εντυπωσίασε όμως είναι ότι κατ’ αρχάς εκτός από το γεγονός ότι έχουν δημιουργήσει ένα εξαιρετικό progressive κράμα σε ύφος Nevermore και Opeth χωρίς να κοπιάρουν απροκάλυπτα, δεν έχουν ξεχάσει την πραγματική ουσία της μουσικής: την ψυχή! Διότι έχουν δώσει βάση στο τι έχουν ‘εκεί μέσα’ απ’ το καταναλώνονται σε ανούσιους θεατρινισμούς και 85λεπτα κομμάτια για να μοστράρουν τις μουσικές τους γνώσεις. Δεν σε κουράζει ούτε δευτερόλεπτο και έχει δοθεί η δέουσα προσοχή στην κάθε νότα και στον λόγο ύπαρξής της πράγμα που δεν το συναντάς συχνά και ειδικά στην metal σκηνή. Ο δίσκος ξεκινάει με το ομώνυμο ‘the battle of egos’ που προφανώς αναφέρεται σε εσωτερικές μάχες (accept that, it happens!), ένα κομμάτι χωρισμένο σε 3 μέρη που σε αγγίζει με την ειλικρίνεια της απόδοσης του. Τα υπόλοιπα κομμάτια κινούνται και αυτά σε ένα ήδη (όμορφα) σκοτεινό ύφος με θεματολογία εσωτερικής αναζήτησης χωρίς να χάνουν ούτε λεπτό την ντελικάτη τους θεατρικότητα. Δεν έχω να προσθέσω κάτι άλλο για αυτή την μπάντα μόνο να προβλέψω: *κάθεται μπροστά από τη γυάλινη σφαίρα της*: ‘Ετούτοι εδώ θα πάνε μπροστά αν συνεχίσουν έτσι!’ και δεν χρειάζεται να είσαι μέντιουμ για να το δεις…Ο βαθμός είναι ανάλογος…
Winter Crescent appeared on the Metal surface back in 2000 - in a Greek place called Heraklion Crete, guitarist Alexis Ktiskatis formed the band. Due to a lot of line-up changes, it took him much effort in order to maintain the band throughout the first eight years of existence. Now after twelve years, Winter Crescent is still alive and kicking so in retrospect all efforts have been worthwhile. It seemed like the right musicians were found.

Early May 2009, Winter Crescent released its first demo called �Battle Of Egos� loaded with seven songs. Greek Metal Hammer rewarded this demo to �Pick Of The Month� in 2009, German based Rock Hard gave a rating of 85/100. Those days, the band toured across local places, and with success! Winter Crescent also made a fantastic video called �Battle Of Egos Part 1�, feel free to watch out for it right HERE. According to myself, Greece is an undervalued country in the area of Metal music. Maybe you�re not aware of so many great bands this land has to offer, take it from me � the Greek Metal scene lives!

Well, a few days I came in touch with bassist Thanos and he offered me the opportunity to hear all of the songs from �Battle Of Egos�. An offer I couldn�t refuse because I knew in advance they had a whole lot in store. Now that I�ve heard their songs one by one with due attention, I can say that these guys are really good, yes they are! I�m a fan a fan of US Progressive Power Metal and even the fact they�re from Greece, the comparison with a lot of US bands is unapproachable huge.

The song structures are great, vocals full of passion including kind of melancholic/dramatic and emotional elements� Warrell Dane (Nevermore) & Devon Graves aka Buddy Lackey (Psychotic Waltz) crosses my mind while listening. And also musical wise, Winter Crescent is really good � fans of Psychotic Waltz, Nevermore, Fallen Sanctuary, Watchtower, Control Denied,� I�d like to encourage to check out THIS page. Both �Battle Of Egos� part 1 & 2 to let hear how good these guys really are. Catchy songs brought with passion and loads of technical moves. Addictives to shred guitars will never get bored with this CD. Listening to �Furrow� I hear strong similarities with almighty ex Death/Control Denied guitar legend Chuck Schuldiner which is another value to the band. Watch out for another highlight called �My Last Will�, a great composition able to grab me by the throat. This one feels like a meeting between Psychotic Waltz and Nevermore� ain�t that awesome! The track �Winter Crescent� comes along in a typical US Heavy / Power Metal tradition and hell no � you won�t hear me complain. �Lost In Dreams� may close the very well done �Battle Of Egos� release in style.

For sure, I�ve heard a band I�m really hooked on and the latest news about the band�s activities is that a new full-length album will come out later on. A specific date is not yet fixed but I�m already waiting for that moment. Especially for all Metal To Infinity readers, Winter Crescent offers a half priced download of their EP �Battle Of Egos� and this during a time the next following two months. Just follow the next instructions if you�re interested:

Winter Crescent – Battle of Egos (the EP)
The other day we featured a brief post about a Greek Progressive Metal band named Winter Crescent. In response to that, we got into contact with Thanos Sgouridis, the band’s bass player. He gave us a link where we found the band’s full 2009 debut demo, titled Battle of Egos.

It’s actually way to good and long – with nearly 35 minutes of playing time – to be a demo, and so we prefer to refer to it as an EP, though one could even opt to call it a full fuckin’ album. Anyway, we downloaded the fucker – you can too, as we’ll provide the download link at the bottom of this post – and checked it out in its entirety.

The comparison I subconsciously made when I first heard a track of this band a couple of weeks ago, to Porcupine Tree and Dream Theater, stands. The music’s more like the former and the vocals like the latter. Both bands are great bands, and so, though slightly kinky with its dramatic vocals, also this stuff is quite pleasant to the ear, much like a hot chick with a tongue piercing lickin’ it!

The EP starts with a triptych of the Battle of Egos. In proper Symphonic Metal style they wrote a musical epos in three parts: the intro, part I and part II. You could have already heard part I in that earlier post we did on the band, but we’re happy to say that also the second part is a tongue licker. Maybe it’s even better, with its long instrumental segments sketching scenes of Greek heroes slapping ass of the Gods’. That may sound slightly gay, but back in the Greek ages, homosexuality was for tough guys, alright!

In the four tracks that follow the Battle of Egos, I get the impression the band is taking a slightly faster, more Power Metal-like in melodies and riffs and less – though only slightly – Symphonic approach to music making. We’ve got stimulating melodic lead guitar work over rolling drums and of course the ever so dramatic vocals.

Battle of Egos, the EP, not the song, is in its totality pretty dramatic, mainly because of those vocals, and I’ll admit that you have to dig that to enjoy it. If you do, then Battle of Egos is some hot shit for you!

Winter Crescent: Battle of Egos (EP)
Winter Crescent: Battle of Egos (EP)

Although released back in 2009, this release is still being actively promoted in 2012, so a review in January 2012 is definitely still relevant and not entirely out of place.

Hailing from Heraklion on the sunny Greek island of Crete, Winter Crescent's music is perhaps surprisingly dark, but this dark feel is one of the many positive features of this quite expressive EP, which contains a three part suite in the form of the three 'Battle of Egos'-tracks and then four more independent songs. The tunes on Battle of Egos fall firmly under the rubric of progressive metal and feature many of the traits of that genre, such as odd time signatures and complex song structures, but, still, the EP as a whole is refreshingly accessible, and, in that, respect it can be compared to Queensrÿche's highly accessible brand of progressive metal from their heyday in the 80s and early 90s. Musically, however, I find that Battle of Egos is closer to the likes of Psychotic Waltz and Fates Warning... without being a rip-off, of course.

Making use of fluid midrange vocals, groovy riffs, references to power metal, guitar harmonies, acoustic guitars combined with distorted guitar leads, odd time signatures every now and then, more classic metal riffage and so on, Winter Crescent have created a quite broad and varied release in Battle of Egos, but at the same time, the EP comes across very focused and very coherent.

the production might come across as a bit raw and unpolished, but that does not really detract from the joy of listening to the music itself; in away, the unpolished production can even be argued to be refreshing against the background of a genre that otherwise makes use of squaky clean and polished productions.

Battle of Egos is a work of tasty accessible metal music which is still progressive and sophisticated. This is definitely metal music for the thinking person, and if you are a thinking person, who also likes Fates Warning and Psychotic Waltz, you owe it to yourself to check out this EP.

Track listing:
1. Battle of Egos Intro
2. Battle of Egos Part I
3. Battle of Egos Part II
4. Furrow
5. My Last Will
6. Winter Crescent
7. Lost in Dreams

Added: January 11th 2012
Reviewer: Kim Jensen
Score: 4/5

Lost in Dreams ...
Genre: progressive metal

I have a pen in my office at work which says "I ♥ Crete" which my girlfriend and I somehow obtained while on holiday on the island. Now, there are many reasons to ♥ Crete: the sunny weather, the rustic food, the feral cats (the cute and social ones at least), the beaches, Knossos, Xania, the oranges and so on. And, well, here is another reason to ♥ Crete: Winter Crescent.

On their EP, Winter Crescent deliver tasty and expressive progressive metal with a dark feel to it. The EP is quite consistent, yet varied, and I also like how Winter Crescent have managed to create some sophisticated and progressive metal which is still generally quite accessible. There are odd time signature every now and then, and the song structures are not totally conventional, but we are not dealing with music that is too abstract or quirky for more mainstream oriented listeners to follow.

Combining slightly technical things with grooves, guitar harmonies, fluid midrange vocal melodies, and drum patterns which are not always straight yet incredibly solid, Winter Crescent cover a lot of ground in the course of this release, but the dynamics of the EP is such that you hardly notice when one song ends and another one begins (although if you pay attention, there are actually breaks of silence between tracks), and this makes for a very smooth and pleasurable listening experience.

While original, there seem to be references to the likes of Fates Warning at their darker moments and Psychotic Waltz' two first releases on the EP - and those two bands are definitely not the worst places to find inspiration.

The production is not polished and perhaps a bit amateurish to some, but I actually find that quite refreshing in a genre which otherwise is characterized by crystal clear and polished productions. "Battle of Egos" sounds organic and authentic and has a bit of rock 'n' roll street attitude because of the unpolished production.

In all, "Battle of Egos" is a solid release, featuring some tasty and melodic dark progressive metal which is both sophisticated and accessible.If you ♥ progressive metal, then check out this EP.

Winter Crescent - Battle Of Egos
Release date: 04/2009

Label: Self distributed

Type: Demo

Genre: Progressive Metal

01. Battle Of Egos Intro
02. Battle Of Egos Part I
03. Battle Of Egos Part II
04. Furrow
05. My Last Will
06. Winter Crescent
07. Lost In Dreams

Once I listened to the Winter Crescent’s demo, I was enormously impressed. "In your face" progressive metal, but, and this "but" hides a whole story behind it. Let us therefore reveal the truth and find out what lies behind it, starting....from the cover.

The cover was designed by Maria Trialoni and the logo by Marianna Antoniadis. Both lady did a perfect job, proving that there are Greek design talents, able to work for the music industry. The logo witnesses the band’s progressive style, and the cover fully expresses the aspect of the music and lyrics. Also the title is part of the rest ... Battle of Egos, a conflict against ourselves. I wish the best to the two girls and hope to see more or their artworks in the future.

The music is a wonderful "In your face" progressive metal, with clear influences from Nevermore, with no tiring long lengthed solos, bridges and fillings, the band was not trying to prove that they are virtuosos (oh what does it reminds me), but they successfully proved that they are excellent instrument players, composers and producers (the production is home made). The songs, whic most of them are composed by Alexis Ktistakis, are so careful composed, that the care is qualitatively similar to a cardiac surgeon while he operates. Each note is, if not perfect, almost perfect in the proper position. Indeed, as a programmer that I am, I believe that I can take a song and break it into independent musical parts, that each one could easily stand alone, not as separate song or as a riff, but as a milestone ready to be placed in the right positrion in order the whole stracture to be built. Also I would like to add that I really have loved the "Lost In Dreams" drums. George Ktistakis is an 18 year old talented drummer that has been playing really complex drums at least from the age of 15.

The vocals of Nikos Spyridakis (ex - Arkenstone, Rex Mundi) are very nice, perfectly touched on the songs. His voice has a special falsetto that makes the vocals even more varied, full, and having the songs being more peculiar. He has participated to all of the songs’ lyrics writing, proving that he is good at that part also.

The lyrics provide a dark style, an internal search and a deep introversion. Typical example of this "paranoia" is the "Battle Of Egos" trilogy. In there, the protagonist struggles with his past sins but also with himself. In a similar vein are the rest of the songs. While the first three songs are part a concept story, we could say that listening to the demo is like watching different episodes from the same series. To further emphasize, some of the lyrics are really theatrical at some points which is reflected to Spyridakis performance.

Finally, the production and the mixing are excellent, don’t forget that they are home by Ktistakis brothers. It is a noteworthy try, cause is not easy to achieve that kind of high quality production. Let us not forget that in order to get your music produced and mixed like that, you have to pay a studio and some "specialists" a lot of money. Furthermore to say that the songs where masterd by Michael Papoutsaki.

In conclusion, the overall effort worths of praise. It has been an organized effort, from the composition period, until the demo printing. and I think the first step is done in order to escape from Heraklion and their music to become known in Greece and aboard. Good luck to Winter Crescent and I wish to see them once live in Thessaloniki, and believe me, my words are prophetic.

Kostas Grevenitis

Nikos Spiridakis - Vocals
Alexis Ktistakis - Guitars
Nikos Trialonis - Guitars
Thanos Sgouridis - Bass
George Ktistakis - Drums

WINTER CRESCENT – “Battle of Egos” By Metalfields
1. Battle of Egos Intro
2. Battle of Egos Part I
3. Battle of Egos Part II
4. Furrow
5. My Last Will
6. Winter Crescent
7. Lost in Dreams

Release Date: 2009 – self-released

“Technique made in Psiloritis”

My happiness for this demo cannot be hidden. Firstly it is really hard to believe that I have to do with a demo and not with a full – length. This because its production is so perfect, all the instruments sound so clear, that nothing seems to be a drawback in this material. Especially this majestic drumming is from the best I have heard the last years. I am sure that none of may know these guys and I do not blame you for that. Winter Crescent come from Crete, the biggest island in Greece.

Now, what this demo may offer to you? If you are a progster trust that this material hardly will get out of your mind. They are playing progressive metal, but not on a ususal way. I am not saying that they are doing something new, but their way is not so common as what you are listening to the last months. Behind and inside their songs the technical art of Death exists, shouts, but it is not complaining for immitation. On the contrary, their deep inspiration make them create something personal that owns exclusivelly to them.

What if their lyrics are talking about spiritual fights of the human being. Yes, they are not the first who did that. As I have mentioned and in other texts; it does not matter what you write or present, but how you do it. Especially in the “Battle of Egos 2″ the lyrics could not have a better marrige with those sick – fats guitar parts. The progressive holocaust is being completed by the vocals of Nikos Spiridakis. He may not be the best singer, but his deep contribution and his emotional sync gives another tone to the music. Sometimes he reminds me of the way that Warrel Dane used to sing in Nevermore.

I hope this demo will be just the beginning of a great musical travel for Winter Crescent. I am saying that because some bands are used to releasing great demos or EPs, but their continuity with their albums is not commensurate to what the first did. So can not wait for their first full – length and guys out there check this demo without any doubt!

Points: 9/10

Review by Dr. Feelgood

Winter Crescent - "Battle Of Egos" (CD)
Reviewed by EdgeoftheWorld on September 14, 2009
"The guitar work by Alexis Kristakis and Nikos Trialonis on the opener, 'Battle Of Egos Intro,' had a feel to it that just screamed Greece or Italy to me (especially after I'd just listened to a CD of Italian dinner music)."

One of the greatest things about metal is its ability to be transformed in ways relevant to the unique culture of the artist. Hence southerner Brent Hinds can successfully bring the banjo to Mastodon's "Crack The Skye" album; Sepultura can introduce Brazilian percussion and rhythm to "Refuse/Resist," and Anthrax can create a fusion of metal and the hip-hop sounds heard on a New York City street corner. All of that can be done without sacrificing the form's inherent heaviness.

In the case of Winter Crescent's "Battle Of Egos," which I played without glancing at the biographical information on the band, it was immediately obvious to me through the rhythms and guitar style, that these guys were Mediterranean. The guitar work by Alexis Kristakis and Nikos Trialonis on the opener, "Battle Of Egos Intro," had a feel to it that just screamed Greece or Italy to me (especially after I'd just listened to a CD of Italian dinner music). There's a certain cleanliness of sound, with single-note picking that is present in much of the music of the Mediterranean.

As "Battle Of Egos Part I" begins, those clean guitars give way to a bruising heaviness, courtesy of a splendidly stuttering riff, punctuated with harmonic squeals, above which soar Nikos Spyridakis' vocals. A guitar break in the middle marries Mediterranean rhythms with electric guitar to splendid effect.

"Battle Of Egos Part II" continues the struggle in excellent fashion, though Spyridakis' vocals begin to feel a little repetitive. Still, this track shows off Giorgos Ktistakis' drumming well. It also shows that these Greek prog-rockers know a thing or two about how to mesh songs together to form a cycle, as elements of "Intro" are woven back in.

The album loses a little momentum after the "Battle Of Egos" trilogy ends. "Furrow" feels disjointed, with the main riff seemingly collapsing into drum fills every few seconds. "My Last Will" has some interesting turns into lighter territory in the middle, but never really takes off.

The disc regains some ground with "Winter Crescent," which has some cool time changes and is driven by a simple but effective riff. "Winter Crescent" bleeds right into the closer "Lost In Dreams," which is driven by a similar riff, until it shifts gears into an appropriately dreamy bit of clean guitar. I have to compliment bassist Thanos Sgouridis for his playing in this part, which has a bouncy quality that works exceptionally well with Ktistakis' more restrained drumming.

All in all, this self-released demo from Winter Crescent is a pleasing prog-rock experience. I have a few quibbles with some of the decisions the band makes, which include some moments when Ktistakis seems to be playing a different song than the rest of the band (check out parts of "Lost In Dreams" and "My Last Will" to see what I mean). Also, Syridakis' vocals, though always more than competent, are a bit repetitive in places.

Still, "Battle Of Egos" is good enough that I find myself hoping Winter Crescent succeeds in finding the "decent record deal" that their bio says they're looking for.

Highs: The three-song "Battle Of Egos" cycle blends Mediterranean and metal styles in splendid fashion.

Lows: "Furrow" and "My Last Will" are both a bit disjointed.

Bottom line: A good demo that marries progressive metal and Mediterranean sounds well.

Battle of Egos Review from ( in Greek )
Οι Winter Crescent μας έρχονται από το Ηράκλειο Κρήτης. Αν και δημιουργήθηκαν το 2000 αυτό είναι το πρώτο τους demo EP με τίτλο «Battle of Egos».

Κινούνται στο χώρο του Progressive Metal με σαφές επιρροές από Psychotic Waltz και Fates Warning, αλλά και με thrash ξεσπάσματα σαν αυτά που μας έχουν συνηθίσει οι Nevermore.

Το demo αποτελείτε από 7 tracks,η διαφορά με παρόμοια γκρουπ του είδους είναι ότι τα κομμάτια τους δεν είναι μεγάλα σε διάρκεια, δε σε κουράζουν, και δε καταναλώνονται σε ανούσιους θεατρινισμούς πουλώντας τη μουσική τους γνώση. Παίζουν με τι ψυχή τους απλά αυτό που ξέρουν και που γουστάρουν.

Είναι μια μπάντα με παρόν και μέλλων που με αυτή την καταπληκτική δουλεία τους αξίζουν ένα δισκογραφικό συμβόλαιο και μια καλλιτεχνική αναγνώριση.

Η Κρήτη μπορεί να μην μας έχει δώσει αρκετό υλικό στο χώρο του metal, αλλά οτιδήποτε κυκλοφόρησε από εκεί, δε πέρασε απαρατήρητο. Τους εύχομαι να συνεχίσουν αυτό που ξέρουν καλά.

Κλείνοντας να αναφέρω μια λεπτομέρεια, ότι είναι η καλύτερη home made παραγωγή που έχω ακούσει εδώ και πάρα πολύ καιρό, μπράβο στους Κρητικούς!

Track list:
1.Battle of Egos Intro 03:41
2.Battle of Egos Part I 04:53
3.Battle of Egos Part II 06:45
4.Furrow 04:09
5.My Last Will 06:22
6.Winter Crescent 02:44
7.Lost in Dreams 05:43
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