“Humans” explores aspects of the human condition and mental tendencies. Perspectives are often shifted within songs, jumping from rage to fear to sociopolitical statements and the confusion they cause. This is reflected in the music, which plays with time signatures, song structure and a variety of musical influences. ‘Humans’ was mixed & mastered by Dan Baune at Noise Foundry Productions while drums were recorded at A-Tonal Recording Studio. Artwork by Dylan Sutton.
"Humans is both raw and refined, brutal yet eclectic, catchy and unpredictable. It pieces together many elements that set it apart from anything I’ve ever heard but it still also has the familiarity of a thrash/groove metal record." - 4.5/5
"Extremely capable musicians, almost virtuosos, full of creativity, musicians who demonstrate brilliant intelligence in drawing the best ingredients from the history of extreme music to create an original, fresh, attractive, magnetic and absolutely engaging album!" - 9/10
"I don’t take the phrase ‘progressive’ lightly. Progressivism is an art movement, not just a genre. A band that makes “Progressive Rock/Metal” music is not necessarily progressive as per definition. Eight Lives Down, however, were progressive in ‘Humans’ in the finest way possible. ” - 9/10
"Versatile and unpredictable, the band's performance turns out to be particularly energetic and intriguing one ... A cosmopolitan style, Eight Lives Down's trade mark, which has no limits and extends to the exploration of totally innovative sound shores, completely free from conditioning or preconceptions." - 7.5/10
Eight Lives Down are a 4-piece, progressive extreme metal band, founded by Greek-Kiwi vocalist and lyricist Aliki Katriou who is joined by bassist Marcin Orczyk, drummer Rodrigo Moraes Cruz, and guitarist Paul Allain. They released their first EP entitled "May Cause Death" in 2017 (with James Scott, who left the band shortly after, on guitars).
Eight Lives Down's progressive take on extreme metal has deep roots in thrash and groove metal but constantly branches out stylistically, incorporating influences from death-, and black metal, as well as various other musical genres such as punk, blues, and traditional folk music. The vocals range from low growls and high screams to clean and even operatic phrases. All of this creates a truly unique sound - unmistakably heavy and angry, yet refreshingly different and unpredictable as the band plays with time signatures and song structure. Fittingly, Eight Lives Down’s members are a motley crew of different nationalities, hailing from Greece, New Zealand, France, Brazil and Poland. They are currently based in Croatia, Spain, the UK and the Netherlands.
Eight Lives Down, particularly Aliki Katriou, are known for their energetic live performances, which they proved in shows in and around London, as well as Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. In 2019, they reached the semi-finals of Metal2TheMasses London, as well as the finals of the Female Metal Event - FemME battles.
In March 2020, Eight Lives Down opened for legendary Norwegian black metal act Ancient at their exclusive UK show in London, more gigs were set up in Switzerland, Spain, the UK, Belgium, and the Netherlands, before the Covid-19 pandemic changed everything.
On a positive note, 2020 also saw the much anticipated release of their debut album, which was released by extreme metal label Cult of Parthenope on September 5th. “Humans” explores aspects of the human condition and mental tendencies. Perspectives are often shifted within songs, jumping from rage to fear to sociopolitical statements and the confusion they cause. This is reflected in the music, which plays with time signatures, song structure and a variety of musical influences. ‘Humans’ was mixed & mastered by Dan Baune at Noise Foundry Productions while drums were recorded at A-Tonal Recording Studio.
In July 2022, Eight Lives Down came back to the stage with a bang, playing two co-headliner shows (in Belgium and Germany) with Israeli progressive symphonic metal heroes Scardust. November of the same year, they were booked as co-headliners of the prestigious Bremer Metal Fest (B:M:F).
They didn't sit idle during the pandemic-related break but worked tirelessly on new material, aiming to release their second album in the first half of 2023.
Eight Lives Down Are:
RODRIGO Moraes CRUZ / Drums - ALIKI KATRIOU / Vocals - MARCIN ORCZYK / Bass - PAUL ALLAIN / Guitars