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The 4 Levels Of Existence - The 4 Levels Of Existence (1976)
Tracklist 01. Μεταμορφη (Metamorphic) 02. Σαν λιωσουνε τα χιονια (When The Snow Melts) 03. Ο Ταχυδρομος Του Χωριου (The Village Postman) 04. Ερημια (Wilderness) 05. Του Τρελου η Σαλπιγγα (The Fool's Trumpet) 06. Ο Αγωνας Μας (Our Fight) 07. Απογοητευση (Dissapointed) 08. Παιδικο τραγουδι (Child's Song) 09. Χωρις τιτλο (untitled) 10. Καποια Μερα Στην Αθηνα… (Someday In Athens..)
The 4 Levels Of Existence is a Greek band.I know many of you think Greece is only ouzo souvlaki and sun, but this beuatifull disc says the opposite.
Well, the band story begins somewhere in 1974 -'75 when Thanasis Alatas and Xrhstos Blaxakhs, both ex-members of another Greek Band ''Frog's Eye'' meet Mario Giamalakh and Niko Grapsa. (I'm not sure on that, but i think Grapsas was ex-member of band ''Paralos'') This four people join forces and create ''The 4 Levels oF Existence''. One year later (1976) release their only, self titled album, in a very small quantity, under the ''Venus'' label. The material of LP is reissued by the good people of the Canadian (!) label of ''Lion Productions'' i think last year or 2005.
Now about the music. The 4 Levels Of Existence is a -stunning- hard edged psychedelic album. A really folk-flavored fuzz monster with superb guitar leads and solos, melancholic lyrics (sung in native Greek) and majestic melodies. The guitar work is exchellent and very fuzzy!!, that gives the album a heavy taste, but after some listenings you realize.. hey, that fits exactly to the band style!