Greek progressive metallists PERSONA NON GRATA formed in 2003. Unknowlingly Chris Gatsos, guitars, joined John Ioannidis band FATAL ERROR. The pair soon moved in a progressive direction. Together with former vocalist Bill Axiotis and session musicians Akis Gavalas, drums, and Chris Vogiatzis, bass, they recorded the bands first outing, the album “Shade in the Light”. The info compares the band to the likes of CIRCUS MAXIMUS, VANDEN PLAS and POVERTY´S NO CRIME. In 2009 they decided to change vocalists because of increasing obligations, and opted for Aris Pirris. The final piece in the puzzle was bassist Apostolis Kaltsas who joined prior to recording this album. Comparisons with DREAM THRATER and FATES WARNING are made, can they live up to this?
The first part of the album is actually more than I expected, but the second part is a letdown, except for the DREAM THEATER material “Grief”. PNG is quite heavy for the genre, but the song material is far too uneven, and the vocal department might need an overhaul again. They are definitely progressive enough, but the accent and the range in itself somewhat hampers the overall outcome. I recommend listening to tracks like; “Grief”, “Imaginative Mind”, “Lend Me a Hand”, Evil Feelings” and “9 AM News”. The rest of the album sounds pointless compared to the mentioned tracks and could well be by another band.
Lend Me a Hand
9 Am News
Redemption of Sins