Henk : When you started as a band in the nineties of the last century and you release your debut in 2018, at least there was time enough to think about it. The Greek Sense Of Fear has certainly done this with 'The Ages Passes By ...'. The band plays a decent mix of heavy and thrash metal. Singer Ilias Kytidis should on the other hand try not to sing clean such as in 'Black Hole' because his thrash voice is much better. A bit of a mistake as far as I'm concerned because there is really only quality metal on this disc. The album sounds great with Stratos Karagiannidis (Gus G.) and RD Liapakis (Mystic Prophecy, Silius) behind the mixing table.
Guitarists Ioannis Kikis and Themis Iakovidis steal the show with beautiful melodies, chopping guitar parts and double guitar solos. 'Angel Of Steel' is a good example of this. With 'The Song Of A Nightingale' the band even has a beautiful ballad in the repertoire that is reminiscent of the ballads of Testament with a touch of Maiden. Especially because of the acoustic guitar at the end. The following 'Torture Of Mind' is super heavy with such a fine pounding double bass drum and oriental tinted solo. Also the acceleration at the end gives the song that little bit extra. The shortest track on the album is 'Lord Of The World' and even has a bit of a hardcore-like feeling. With an average playing time of about five and a half minutes per song the CD is quite long. The ten tracks together clock an hour of playing time. 'Unbreached Walls' is in that case a song that could have stayed of the record. The song continues for six minutes without getting exciting. But as mentioned earlier, this is also a small beauty flaw that the band gets away with given the rest of the song material. I'm curious if it will take us twenty years before we can welcome the next Sense Of Fear album. Given this debut, it is best to have it a little earlier.