• Jason Hesley

Get to know the band "Desert Near the End"

Desert Near The End always thought of themselves as a missing link. Taking their first

musical steps in the Greek Metal scene of the 90's, they grew up with the great

Power/Thrash Metal bands of that era. But as the years passed, they had the feeling

that this sound has somehow lost its edge and so they made their mission to connect

that sound with the frontline of today's Metal.

The band started in 2009, when bassist/songwriter Akis Prasinikas and vocalist

Alexandros Papandreou, who were playing together since their school days, decided

to put aside all other projects and form something that combines their mutual routes

with all the influences they gathered over the years as Metal fans. Since the lack of a

correct term and given the multi-genre nature of their music, they always use the

term Epic Thrash Metal to describe themselves.

The first album, "A Crimson Dawn", came out in 2011 as a self-financed release, and

the band played numerous shows all over Greece and Cyprus to support it. Band

opened shows for Primordial (Ir) and Wolfheart (Fin) and, in March 2014, made their

first tour in Russia alongside Memorain and Insidead.

The second album, "Hunt For The Sun", was recorded at their own Eventide Studios

and mastered in England by Jonh K. (Biomechanical). It was released in 2014 by the

Ukrainian label Total Metal Records (a division of Metal Scrap Records Inc.). The band

toured twice for the promotion of the album - they made one Greek tour with

Wolfheart (Fin) and another one Balkan-Greek-Cyprus tour with Blynd (Cyp).

In 2016, the band entered the studio to record their third album, "Theater Of War",

which was mixed and mastered by Tue Madsen (The Haunted, Heaven Shall Burn,

Meshuggah, etc.) at Antfarm Studios. It was their most extreme approach musically

and lyrically, brought the story which began in their debut to its conclusion. That's

because the lyrics in the first three albums are based on the same concept story

about a man's search for “his” real sun, whose light guides and not only blinds, and

how this search becomes inspiration for all humanity. It was released in September

2016, again by Total Metal Records, and received excellent reviews from around the

world. The band performed many shows to support the album, including shows in

Cyprus and performances at Ukrainian Thrash Metal Fest and Black Sea Metal

Festival. Also, band had the chance to play concerts with Flotsam And Jetsam and

Metal Church in Athens.

In January 2018, Desert Near The End entered Incorporated M. Studios in Athens to

record their fourth album "Of Fire And Stars". This album is a culmination of

everything the band draws inspiration from. It's a Power/Thrash Metal amalgam

carved with Death/Black Metal tools. It's lyrics speaks of how fire and stars

literally and metaphorically fuelled human imagination throughout history for

"good and bad". The fitting artwork for the album was created by Giannis Nakos

(Remedy Art Design). The album was released at March 22, 2019 by Total Metal


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