October 11, 2022

OK, I’m confused. The publicity states that Mirror is a multi-nationality band but, as far as I can see, all the musicians seem to be Greek nationals so I can only surmise that they all now live in different countries. Whatever the nationality, Mirror was formed in 2005 by bassist Tas aka Tasos Danazoglou formerly of Electric Wizard and currently with Satan’s Wrath. He soon recruited vocalist Jimmy Mavrommatis alongside drummer Jaime Gomez Arellano and the twin guitarists Matt Olivo and Stamos Koliousis with their eponymous debut being released in 2015. It was obvious from the beginning that this was a band that took their music seriously and their ambitious version of speed driven NWOBHM soon had plenty of people taking notice. The band took a distinct move upwards with the second album Pyramids of Terror which, in 2019, built tremendously on what went before making it one hell of a rock album that simply took no prisoners. There had been several changes in the band though with Daniel Georgiou taking over on drums and two new guitarists in Nikolas Moutafis and Dino aka Constantinos C Blynd and the change has been seamless with all of the new musicians comfortably slotting into the vacated seats and each helped to give the extra dimension that is evident in the power of the second album.

All this leads neatly to album number three and the slightly controversial title The Day Bastard Leaders Must Die which sees the same line-up reprising their earlier roles to make the new record another hard, fast and furious NWOBHM delight with more than a touch of speed/thrash increasing the power and intensity. Jimmy Mavrommatis is an exciting frontman with a strident and immediately delivery with just a touch of Rob Halford about his high-pitched vocals as he leads the tight rhythm section and furiously riffing and soloing guitarists on a 44-minute heavy metal crusade. There are comparisons with early Iron Maiden but Mirror has gone beyond comparisons and are now carving out their own path with the new album featuring so many tracks that are destined to be mainstays of their live set for years to come.

The pace is fast and unrelenting as Mirror hits you with huge slabs of molten metal and enough guitars to last you a lifetime. There is still work to do before the band becomes a metal household name, but they are on the right track and if you are short on your head banging quota then put this on, turn up the volume and sail away on a truly crazy heavy metal voyage.

The Day Bastard Leaders Die

  1. Infernal Deceiver (4:18)
  2. Souls of Megiddo (4:01)
  3. Savage Tales (5:51)
  4. All Streets Are Evil (4:48)
  5. Fire and Hell (3:29)
  6. Stand Fight Victory (5:16)
  7. Sleepy Eyes of Death (3:46)
  8. Demon Candles (4:43)
  9. The Day Bastard Leaders Die (7:33)