CHAOSTAR is a musical child of love. This band has been born out of Christos Antoniou's deep desire to create music that has a more Classical approach. The academy trained guitarist and composer, who achieved his studies of classical composition in London with honours and distinction, has already proved his exceptional talent with the amazing orchestral arrangements for SEPTICFLESH. Their latest work "The Great Mass" (2011) was rightly labelled by many critics as a masterpiece. When SEPTICFLESH released the single "The Eldest Cosmonaut" in 1998, this step towards Classical music inspired Christos to create CHAOSTAR in order to pursue this course further. Out of a timeless confrontation of different styles rose emotional music with vocalist Natalie Rassoulis adding a feminine side to the project. After a demo entitled "The Underworld" in 2000, CHAOSTAR released the albums "Chaostar" (2000), "Threnody" (2001), and "The Scarlet Queen" (2004), and the "Underworld" compilation (2007). Parallel to SEPTICFLESH, Christos also revived CHAOSTAR after a self-imposed hiatus of both bands in 2008. The Greek mastermind set out as publicly announced with the intention to write an "opera" based concept on Euripides' antique drama "Medea". During the working process this idea changed although a song called "Medea" remains. The new theme of the album is based on the Greek word "Anomima", which means "sin" with reference to "unapproved" action. This can be a revolutionary idea, provocative behavior or any door to freedom breaking the chains of taboo. As an example Christos likes to refer to Galileo Galilei facing death for speaking out scientific truth. The lyrics, which are mainly penned by amazing new singer Androniki Skoula, celebrate such lone stalwarts courageously following their hearts against dark adversaries. Musically "Anomima" brilliantly combines rich, classical orchestration, the celestial female vocals of Androniki, and lush soundscapes involving modern textures as well as even some elements of extreme music. CHAOSTAR shift globally in influence, language, and structure. Moving from classically influenced pieces to Byzantine music, and even oriental sounds, "Anomima" is truly a standout piece of geographically unchained music that envelopes the listener in a dreamlike trance. As a fitting tribute to the composer’s Metal roots, outstanding vocalists Fernando Ribeiro of MOONSPELL and MORBID ANGEL's David Vincent were invited to contribute as guests. CHAOSTAR chose substance over style. Listen!
Academic credits: Christos Antoniou studied composition at the London College of Music under the guidance of Martin Ellerby, head of the composition department. He acquired his Bachelor of Music in 1999 and one year later, he continued his studies in composition/orchestration and earned his Master's Degree in concert music. Among his tutors was Adam Gorb, head of composition at the Royal Northern College of Music. Christos has worked with Orchestras from Greece, London, Slovakia and the Filmharmonic Orchestra and Choir of Prague. His new works will be presented in one of the most prestigious halls of Classical music, the theater of Kakoyannis, Athens.
|Christos Antoniou||instruments, compositions|
|George Diamandopoulos||Traditional instruments|
|Charalampos Paritsis||Electric violin|