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Raw Silk – Silk Under The Skin [1990]

Country Greece          

Style Melodic Hard Rock

Rating 90/100

Band Members Apostolis Bakopoulos – Guitars, George Florakis – Vocals, Kostas Kyriakidis – Drums, Mihalis Tsoukalas – Guitars, Rory Christopoulos – Keyboards, Yanis Plagianakos – Bass

Additional Musicians Makis Kolias – Bass (track 3), Vasilis Ginos – Keyboards (tracks 3,4), Haris Papadopoulos – Keyboards (track 7)

Tracks 01. Second Advent, 02. Journey Of No Return, 03. Irene, 04. Heroes Don’t Cry, 05. Street Girl, 06. Just Like A Dream, 07. Broken Vows, 08. Fever

Profile The band formed in 1989 and exploded on the greek rock scene in 1990 following the release of their debut LP “Silk Under the Skin” which was produced independently and was later released by EMI Greece.The band enjoyed great popularity, receiving excellent reviews and dominating the club scene of the early 90s, culminating in supporting Saxon in Rodon club, Athens. The album exhibits everything you’d expect from the genre – saccharine keyboard melodies, crisp guitar leads, and sing-along choruses – but remains within those pre-defined boundaries, offering little except to those who can’t get enough of this bygone era of rock.

Interest in their music continued through the 90s even after the break up of the group two years after the album’s release. The world wide interest generated since the recent re-release of “Silk Under the Skin” in CD format has prompted the group to re form and begin work on new material. The plan is for the new material to be more guitar based and somewhat heavier than previously but without losing that melodic strength and lyricism which have been the trademarks of the band up til now.

Raw Silk should have had a fair chance at making an international carrier,but they had the unfortunate luck to come from Hellas,and to release a record like that one in a not so good period when the new decade had arrived. After listening to this effort ‘Silk Under The Skin’ you just have to wonder, what other weird and wonderful outposts around the globe have bands playing up to this calibre?

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Raw Silk - Silk Under The Skin [1990], 8.9 out of 10 based on 12 ratings
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