One of the fun things I get to do for Shockwave Magazine is watch the Baltimore music scene. Over time, I have seen some of my favorite bands move in one direction or another. From songwriting to personnel changes, the Baltimore music scene is constantly making changes. Sometimes for the worse, and sometimes a band comes together that makes the wait worthwhile.
In 2015, I met Photi Mavrolis when he was singing for another local band. His vocal quality and stage presence were an amazing combination. One of the few local vocalists I have witnessed that had the knack of getting the crowd into the mood for the evening.
Come the summer of 2016, Photi had moved on to a new band, Lion’s Den. Every occasionally, a band comes along that has it all. Lion’s Den is THAT band! They hit the stage at our ShockwaveFest in the Summer at Fishhead Cantina. Photi and his band mates nailed it that night. The band’s songwriting skills and sonic craftsmanship impressed everyone I spoke to that evening.
So, this summer, I finally got my hands on their inaugural release. This six song EP is tight and powerful-pure Rock and Roll- with not a bad song on it. A wide variety of subject matter is a good thing. From songs about mediocrity and despair (Rise from Nothing, Flatlined) to staying true to yourself (Cut the Source) and changing directions to better yourself (Shut the Door), the lyrics are well written and dynamic. When the songs make one think about their own lives, it makes music worthwhile.
My personal favorite is a masterpiece on all levels. “Killer Eyes” cranks! Speaking with Photi, he mentions, “The song speaks of how certain women use lust to take over a guy’s senses and leave them melted in a puddle unable to think and use logic to make good decisions.” Now, how many of us haven’t been in that situation? Turn this one up to eleven, folks!
Surrounding Photi are the twin guitar assault of Sean Rhodes and Tony Diaz. On bass, Tim Slack, helps to churn the sea of metal fans into a frenzy. And backing them up on the drum kit, Andy Ham. His ability to keep the frenzy in line takes all his might. When you see Lion’s Den on your local venues marquee, GO!
Sean Rhodes: Lead Guitar (Vocals)
Photi Mavroulis: Lead Vocals
Tim Slack: Bass (Vocals)
Andy Ham: Drums
Tony Diaz: Rhythm Guitar
LIONS DEN links:
Online Store (CD) http://lionsdenband.bigcartel.com/