Faded Shadows

Athens (Attica)
Heavy Metal
1993-1994 (as FADED SHADOWS), 1994-unknown (as THE SEASONS OF WITHER)

FADED SHADOWS was a relatively short-lived (if the dates available are correct) Heavy Metal band from Cholargos (Athens) who existed during 1993-1994 before transforming into the more well-known Gothic Metal act THE SEASONS OF WITHER. The original lineup included George Giannadakis (vocals), Chris Karamanlis (bass) and Bill Theologitis (drums), later joined by Elias Papaharalambrous (guitars), Fotis Fotopoulos (guitars) and Tassos Vassiliades (keyboards, organ). Initially the plan was to basically operate as a cover band with a repertoire of classic stuff like HELLOWEEN, MANOWAR, METALLICA, etc., but with the members realizing they weren’t on a satisfying technical level to perform such material they instead shifted to creating self-penned songs.

Around this time, a friend of the band named Marios Ballis entered the picture. Although not credited on the band’s subsequent (and only) demo release “Tired Generation” (1994), Mario played an integral part in the creation of the band’s compositions, allegedly writing about 80% of the riffs. With Chris Karamnlis heading off to obligatory military service, Marios also helped completing the bass parts during the recording sessions at Names Studio in Chalandri.

The band only ever did one gig, done at some form of school gathering with the then-newly joined members Fotis and Elias on guitars. When Chris eventually returned from the military in 1995, tensions had started to grow in the band, resulting in FADED SHADOWS splitting as George G. and Fotis F. leaving to from THE SEASONS OF WITHER.

In addition to the shift to THE SEASONS OF WITHER, it’s stated that some of the members of FADED SHADOWS went on to form another band called HELLDRIVER (not to be confused with HELLDIVER), who were at some point working on a demo entitled “Ebenizer” (date unknown).

Compilation appearances:

d i s c o g r a p h y :

Tired Generation - Demo (Cassette) 1994 - Private (-)
(Names Studio (Chalandri), 1993)
Details: Cassette, coloured j-card w/ lyrics.

Tired Generation
Stranger for Our God
Let Me Be
Release the Wind
I'm Leaving You
George Giannadakis (vocals, backing vocals)
Elias Papaharalambrous (guitars)
Fotis Fotopoulos (guitars)
Chris Karamanlis (bass, backing vocals)
Bill Theologitis (drums)
Tassos Vassiliades (keyboards, organ)
Yet to be reviewed.