SKAGS area Greek band described like no other. They bring theatrical and atmospheric vocals to progressive guitar-fueled soundscapes and euphoria-dripped synth lines. Their sound is described as ‘Alternative Electronic Psychedelic Rock’ and while this is a very specific genre, it’s the best way to describe it. On November 5, 2020, SKAGS released their first studio album ‘Digital Cage of a Cursed Generation’, dedicated to the generation of the band itself who grew up in the early 90’s and saw the destruction of the economical crisis. It features songs like ‘Zak’ named after Zak Kostopoulus who was a victim of law and violence. The song is about every victim of this. It’s not only criticizing the law system and how corrupt it is, but as well as the people around them and us as a community not stepping in and being there for them. The only thing that can be done now is keeping them in our thoughts and hearts, remembering their lives and standing up for their memories. It plays well into emotions especially If you or anyone close to you has ever struggled with injustice because of their race/sexuality/gender identity or beliefs.
The album talks about multiple heavy subjects like the destruction of our planet in ‘The Guillotine’. It emphasizes that the people have to come together and work it out before anything will change and the world can start to heal. With songs like ‘The Man Sitting Next Door’, the band talks about how easy it can be to feel alone in big cities and how even though you’ve got people around you, you may not even know them or anything but their names. Despite the lyrics which are full of emotion and meaning, the beats and melodies make it feel happier than it is. It’s catchy and therefore puts you in a mood to dance. Like mentioned, the band’s sound had euphoria-dipped synth lines and, these are especially heard in the first couple of songs, which somewhat looks back to the 80’s synthesizer sound used. Despite this, each track has its own ambience and feeling. It makes you question your own life and environment and whether there are things you can do yourself to make a change for the better, which was essentially intended as it was meant to alter your view on the world.
Release Date: November 03, 2020
01. Turn it on
03. Put Your Hands Down
04. The Consequence of Dream
05. The Weekend
06. The Guillotine
08. Drive Me Home
09. The Man Sitting Right Next Door
Personal favorite tracks: Drive Me Home, Zak, The Weekend
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Review by: Anissa Steijns
Artwork by: Spyretta Driva