Greek heavy rockers The Same River featuring members of Deaf Radio, Cyanna Mercury and One Man Drop just dropped their new album »Weight Of The World« this Friday, May 13th, 2022 via Electric Talon Records and Sliptrick Records.
The band comments: “Hello people, our debut album is finally out there! No more words to say… listen, share and spread the news! Get your copy here: thesameriver.bandcamp.com.”
01. Intro \ Crossing The Rubicon
02. The Oath Of A Fire Bringer
03. Voyage \ The Great Sea
04. Weight Of The World
05. The Bounds Of A Fire Bringer
06. Remains Of The Holy
07. The Same River
08. We The People \ No Friends, But The Mountains
09. Blow Your Trumpet (Digital Bonus Track)
Courtesy of Electric Talon Records:
The Same River – »Weight Of The World«
Electric Talon Records (CD & Cassette, Americas) / Sliptrick Records (CD & Vinyl, Europe, Digital Distribution Worldwide)
The Same River is a rock band from Athens, Greece.
The Same River was founded by Diamond Pr (Cyanna Mercury) and Dimitris Georgopoulos (Cyanna Mercury, Deaf Radio) in August of 2019. After two months, the band’s lineup was finalized with Fivos Katsifloros joining on the drums (One Man Drop), and Theodore Ntilgeris joining as a second guitarist (The Great Black Shark). From the first day, The Same River focused on writing songs that could deliver the band’s vision of this world; a lust for life and passion for making music.
After a lot of blood, sweat, and tears, The Same River completed their four song debut »Live At The Blackbox«, an EP recorded and mixed live, just to keep a ‘true and raw’ feeling. »Live At The Blackbox« was the world’s first introduction to The Same River back in March of 2020. Despite the difficulties and the lack of live performances, reviews were overwhelmingly positive and gave The Same River the strength and inspiration to complete their first full-length album.
The record you are listening to now, »Weight Of The World«, was a ten month struggle that was finalized in June of 2021. An eight song, full length album that embodies the bands love for heavy, rock-influenced psychedelic music. Lyrically, »Weight Of The World« carries the band’s philosophical concerns about the decadence of human society filtered through the fears of an unknown world after this pandemic ends. Heraclitus, Albert Camus, Sigmund Freud and many mythological aspects of our heritage (with a deeper meaning), such as Sisyphus and Prometheus, blend in a way and fulfills in rhymes what our vision for this world is about; solidarity, peace and understanding.
Photos by Jay Chris
Track-by-track by the band:
»Intro \ Crossing The Rubicon« is a two-part song, with the instrumental opener riff and a progression which leads to the main chapter “the passage”. »Crossing The Rubicon« is a metaphorical expression for passing a point of no return. We strongly believe that society has passed this point of corruption, climate change etc. leading to an amoral and unequal conflict were the elite suppress the weaker. As the last line says: “This is a war? Yeah… And I’m gonna fight.”
»The Oath Of A Fire Bringer« is the first part of a trilogy. Inspired by the myth of Prometheus and his will to defy the Gods and give fire to humanity. Philosophically, fire symbolises the hidden knowledge of the world and the risks you have to take when you seek the truth. Defying authority in any form, is an act of resistance in terms of ethical and personal ascendance. We have to seek the “fire” and defy “Gods” if we want to be a better society. It’s an oath we have to take as individuals for the sake of ourselves and the generations to come.
»Voyage \ The Great Sea« is another two-part song. The first part (»Voyage«) is life. The everlasting struggle from the day we are born until we draw our last breath. The fight with our inner demons, the fear of the unknown and the everyday effort we make to embrace the gift of existence. The second part (»The Great Sea«), is afterlife. In many old myths from various civilisations, the passage to afterlife is commonly referred to as the great sea of souls. A place where unity is achieved. A place or a state where everyone becomes All. Musically the song is structured with the sense of constant movement, likening the waves of a sea and the journey of life and soul concurrently.
»Weight Of The World« is the title song of the album. The main reason is that it amalgamates the vibes and the idea of this record in its entity, lyrically inspired by Sisyphus, both the Greek myth and the homonym philosophical essay by Albert Camus. The absurd (finding meaning in life) is a fundamental human need. During the start of the pandemic in 2020 we found ourselves in a state of inertia and lack of will. »Weight Of The World« was the firstborn child after the lockdown. A boulder we had to push even if we had to see it roll down again. As Camus says: “The struggle itself… is enough to fill a man’s heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy”.
»The Bounds Of A Fire Bringer« is the second song of the Promethean trilogy. It is the consequences we pay for our actions. Something that we have to embrace willingly otherwise, we override our choices. Sometimes our path comes in contrast to others. If we believe in ourselves and our cause, even the “Gods” will have to accept our will. “Kneel to no one… Kneel to no one…”.
»Remains Of The Holy« are the shreds of humanism. The soul itself or better still, what is left from it. Our society is in complete decadence, and all of us behave like mad kings with no consciousness of our actions and others. The remains of our souls is the only hope to bring back what is lost, but the need for self-awareness as an act of repentance is hard to achieve. The easiest thing to do is to put the blame on one another, but who will cast the stone first?
»The Same River« is our “first ever” song. The homonymous, our philosophical statement as a band. Heraclitus’ quote (“it is impossible to step in the same river twice”) gave us a reason not to look back. We have to realize that life is a short journey and nothing is for granted. Take your chances and live. Be the river that flows because in the end nothing really matters.
»We The People \ No Friends, But The Mountains« is the outro of the album and the last two-part song. »We The People« starts with the real constitution speech. What politicians would like to say, but use fine words to manipulate the masses. For every dead child or abused woman, for all the people out there suffering by war and poverty, we stand with them as an act of resistance. We are the People! »No Friends, But The Mountains« is a Kurdish proverb which signifies their feeling of betrayal, abandonment and loneliness. We felt that it is a proper title for the last part of the song, as the progression moves to “Katharsis”… When you are in the middle of a journey (especially a life journey), there are many fights to give. People will betray you, but the most frightening prospect of all is betraying yourself. “Be free for this chance to be better and sing for freedom…” is the last lyric before the repentance of the proverb and the realization that we are born and die alone.
»Blow Your Trumpet« is a bonus track, lyrically summarizing the vision of this album. A metaphor from the book of revelation, when the archangel blows his trumpet for the beginning of the end. We the People never realise that our acts have an impact on the world. As Newton describes in his third law of motion, “for every action, there’s an equal and opposite reaction”. So, in that spirit, when we are confronting our decisions, it’s a principle that the consequences will be unforgiving.
»Weight Of The World« credits:
Music by The Same River.
Lyrics by Diamond Pr.
Produced by Diamond Pr.
Co-produced by Nikos Trialonis.
Art direction, illustration and animation by Dimitrios Schoinarakis (Reference Artwork by Maurilio Barreto).
Mixed by Nikos Trialonis at Goblin’s Lair Studio Heraklion Crete, GR.
Mastered by Yiannis Christodoulatos and Dimitris Papadimitriou at Sweetspot Productions Athens, GR.
Recorded by George Filikozis (Bass Guitar, Drums) at Bombing the Avenue Studio Athens, GR; Manos Koutsakis (Guitars, Synths, Percussions) at Diagogi Kosmia Studio Athens, GR; Diamond Pr (Vocals) at House of Stone Studio Athens, GR.
The Same River are:
Diamond Pr – Vocals, Guitars, Synths
Theodore Ntilgeris – Guitars
Dimitris Georgopoulos – Bass
Fivos Katsifloros – Drums
FFO: Queens Of The Stone Age, Sleep, Uncle Acid, Black Sabbath, DIIV, Lasse Rienstroem
Doomed Nation – Doomed Nation – Greek heavy rockers The Same River dropped their new album »Weight Of The World«, out now via Electric Talon Records and Sliptrick Records
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May 14, 2022