The Strigas – A Poisoned Kiss To Reality by Chris Hoyles

Ratings:  1/5
Southern Brigade Records
Released : 28th February 2014
SBR005 Cover
Band Lineup

Fabio – Vocals
Liboria Tesoro – Bass
Ettore Dicorato – Guitar
Andrea Losappio – Guitar
Francesco “Nitro” Sguera – Drums



2.Until You Surrender
3.Sorrow Queen
4.Falling Down
5.Dream Again
6.The Box
8.Sweet Bitterness
9.No Tomorrow
11.Waiting For Glory
12.Fade Away

Formed in the summer of 2010 in Southern Italy; The Strigas debuted with a self produced EP containing the songs ‘Sometimes’ and ‘Falling Down’.

In 2011 they signed to Southern Brigade Records and started playing countless shows around the country, sharing the stage with notable acts such as Reckless Love, Ektomorf, Steve Hewitt, Adimiron, Dragonhammer and many more.

In 2013 some of their songs were chosen to be included in the official soundtrack of the movie ‘The Crow: Shreds Of Memories’, directed by P.Cinieri.

The band’s long-waited debut full length album ‘A Poisoned Kiss To Reality’ will be released in February 2014.
It was recorded, mixed and mastered at Golem Dungeon Studios by Giuseppe Dentamaro (Golem, Backjumper, Godyva) and features a special guest appearance by Godyva keyboardist Botys in the song ‘Falling Down’.

The selling points included in the bio i was sent were An Explosion of Power and Melody, Rock meets Heavy Metal in these aggressive yet atmospheric songs, with strong riffs, incisive vocals and aggressive synths giving a new meaning to Gothic Metal

In my opinion the aggressive synths and the atmospheric part are this bands downfall, all the songs sound too similar and their is no strong hooks to drag you in.
The songs that i thought were meant to stand out ‘Falling Down’ and ‘Sometimes’ were a massive let down and the sound the band is going for is the same sound that alot of other bands in this genre go for.

Not too heavy, commercial and fall into a particular genre, I’m more into the heavier side of metal and this is something i couldn’t listen again but fans of Gothic rock will probably like it.
If you want a five star rating from me you better get them guitars out and trash really hard because I don’t see any plus points.

 Review By Chris Hoyles