“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 extreme metal band, founded by Greek-Kiwi vocalist and lyricist Aliki Katriou. Originally formed in 2016 with British guitarist James Scott, bassist Marcin Orczyk from Poland, and Brazilian drummer Rodrigo Moraes Cruz, they released their first EP entitled "May Cause Death" in the same year. In 2017, Scott left the band and French guitarist Paul Allain joined in his place.
The band has its roots in groove and thrash metal but constantly branches out stylistically incorporating influences from prog-, 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. Eight Lives Down, particularly Aliki Katriou, are known for their energetic live performances.
2019 saw Eight Lives Down playing shows in and around London, as well as in Germany and the Netherlands, reaching 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. 2020 also saw the much anticipated release of their debut album, which was released by the 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.
Eight Lives Down Are:
RODRIGO Moraes CRUZ / Drums - ALIKI KATRIOU / Vocals - MARCIN ORCZYK / Bass - PAUL ALLAIN / Guitars