One Step from the Edge are a heavy metal six- piece from Ioannina, Greece. They formed in 2016 , naming themselves off a philosophy man is stood between “ existence” and “ non- existence".
The lineup consists of Alex Seritis and Alex Peregou (Guitars) on dual vocals, Guitarist Kostas Tsapos, Bassist Kostas Pourgiazis, Nikos Stakes on drums with Maria Mosxeva completing the unit on Keys.
OSFTE have been building a steadfast fanbase at home with support slots to Septic Flesh and Scar of the Sun to as well as a couple of festival appearances at Metalfest volumes 3 and 4, alongside notable artists like Blayze Bayley and Phil Campbell and his Bastard Sons.
The band blend modern rock with metalcore and grooves to create their own brand of pulsating metal that could break the current mold of contemporaries. OSFTE combine clean and harsh vocals with earth- shattering drum fills, dual harmonic guitar riffs that will leave the goosebumps standing. They have already recorded an album, the 2017 “Beneath the Surface”, and are currently in the studio working on a follow up, which is due for release this summer.
Meanwhile, I will be having a sift through that debut to introduce the readers to the band;
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The opening sequence is a two-minute prelude entitled The Beginning (Intro) that is a precursor to the album’s self-titled track Beneath the Surface, a foot stomping, head banging cacophony of raw metalcore that sets the scene with its dark grooves that leads into intense growls that showcase what the band can produce going forward. The intense riffing combined with clear, melodic vocals work well against the juxtaposition of guttural vocals that roar into play.
https://open.spotify.com/track/1Rs45cqB4EOOxlvd17BisF - Beneath the Surface
State of the Mind: Denial continue the transient hostility with another strong track that focuses more on the clear vocals that makes this the more harrowing between the jolts of screams. This track is finely layered with some nice breaks coming at key intervals and a whirlpool of a guitar solo arriving midway. This is another standout track to keep listeners keen.
https://open.spotify.com/track/4FFcGnqKvXXS5fHzr3HqDk - State of the Mind: Denial
The album continues through its exploration following the start with a leaning more towards the modern rock of NWOAHM bands from the 2000’S, which feel like an identity loss with several tracks sounding similar before reaching Waver, an example of how the band use syncopated riffs with pounding drums to create the notion of a machine gun that adds a hostile texture to the increasingly emotional clear vocals. I feel this side of the music changes rapidly throughout.
The album wraps up with focus on this aspect of the band, which sounds more like their hard rock stylings before wrapping up with the aptly named the End, which sounds like a gothic version of Metallica's The Unforgiven replete with dual harmonic voicings along the exquisite acoustic back drop of flamenco finger pickings.
You can listen the album here.
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