Since 1993, KAWIR have been one of the unsung pillars of the classic Greek black metal sound. While the names Rotting Christ, Varathron, and Necromantia are incredibly important to that style’s foundation, it was KAWIR who kept the faith during the ’90s and into the new millennium. In 1994, the then-young band released two pivotal 7″s, Eumenides and a split with Japan’s Sigh – on the pivotal Cacophonous Records, no less – and then followed those up in 1996 with the To Cavirs MLP, which is the first truly pagan-oriented record to hail from the Greek black metal scene. With that mini-album, KAWIR set about on a Hellenistic crusade to celebrate their native gods and mythology in their lyrics and sartorial presentation. From the late ’90s onward, the band continued to remain prolific, perpetually committed to fine-tuning their idiosyncratic craft, culminating in underground classics Arai (2005) and Ophiolatreia (2008). Although 2012’s Ισόθεος featured a cross-continental lineup, the album further solidified KAWIR’s status as unique icons in the black metal underground.
Members: Therthonax – rhythm and lead guitars
Melanaegis – rhythm, lead guitars, solos, and 12-string acoustic guitar
Porphyrion – vocals
Echetleos – bass
Hyperion – drums and ercussions
Pandion – bagpipes, wind instruments, and psaltere
Aristomache – keyboards