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