Green Yeti is a three-piece stoner/doom/psych rock band from Athens, Greece, whose members include bassist Dani Avramidis, guitarist/vocalist Michael Andresakis, and drummer Giannis Koutroumpis. The trio just released their third full-length album this past March 17th, a 7-track experience named Necropolitan.
Every song on the album was written & performed by Green Yeti and was recorded live in December 2022 at Green Yeti’s Lair. All production, mixing, and mastering were done by bassist Dani Avramidis, with the rest of Green Yeti assisting.
Green Yeti’s music contains influences from stoner rock, psych and space rock, doom, metal, and even bits of jazz, all coming together to create a listening experience that is utterly fascinating on every level. The album also benefits from the live recording situation, as you can tell that Green Yeti are feeding off each other’s energy, and at times these tracks have an almost improvised vibe as well.
The intro track is called “Syracuse,” and Green Yeti gives you a dose of sonic excellence for its entire 2 and ¾ minutes. The riff is extremely catchy, and the spacey psych elements are the ideal companion to them. Green Yeti effortlessly transitions into “Witch Dive” without a gap in the action.
“Witch Dive” starts us off with a flanged guitar that rides a single note until the first riff begins. The vocals bring in a 90s grunge vibe, reminding me of some of the best acts of the era. The song is definitely a stoner grunge hooligan with some nice heavy psych leanings at the end.
The intro for the instrumental track “Jupiter 362” reminded me of the Primus classic, “Southbound Pachyderm,” even taking on some of the jam band influences that Primus has utilized for their more modern output. Green Yeti leans into their more progressive tendencies as things progress, creating a spacey atmosphere that may remind people of bands similar to King Buffalo, Pink Floyd, and more.
Green Yeti eases us into “Golgotha” by giving us more of the psych-rock that “Jupiter 362” left us with. They soon increase the intensity little by little, creating anticipation from the listener, which is totally fulfilled when the stoner riff begins at 2 and a half minutes in. While this isn’t a drone section by definition, the riff repetition delivers a droning feel, which is soon to be covered by the heaviest vocals we’ve heard thus far. We get a lead guitar burst after the first verse, and its discordant notes match the intensity and power of the vocal parts exceptionally; it’s also where I hear the controlled chaos of the jazz genre the most.
“Dirty Lung” comes in as the fifth song in the tracklist but is the number one track in terms of quality. Beginning with a doomy sound that utilizes the heavy and slow style that Sleep perfected, Green Yeti goes about the business of uncompromising heaviness. The vocals are raspy, reminding me even more of Sleep, but they aren’t afraid to revert to a cleaner approach, as shown in the second verse. Things begin to become less heavy once we hit the midsection, and that grunge vibe briefly reappears, but the guitar solo section is all psych rock and is incredible in execution and how well it fits into the heaviness of the rest of the track.
There are two other songs on Necropolitan, “Kerosene” and “One More Bite.” They are both as incredible as their peers have been, but like I’m known to do, I’ll be leaving them for you to discover without any of my thoughts clouding your own. That said, I know you’ll love them as much as I have.
There are no negatives to be heard across Necropolitan, every track seems as strong as the one before it, and Green Yeti never fails to live up to that. I’d be shocked if you didn’t enjoy this album and may have to question your sanity should you dislike any part of it.
Necropolitan is available now on Bandcamp, Spotify, or wherever you find great music. Enjoy!
Support Green Yeti by finding them on Bandcamp or on social media (Instagram, Facebook)
This review was written by Tom Hanno, who has been writing reviews for the last 7 years but has been sharing his love of music for the majority of his life. Originally starting out at the now-defunct Chimera Magazine, he is currently contributing to Doomed and Stoned, The Sleeping Shaman, The Doom Charts, Tom’s Reviews, and The Third Eye. Read more of Tom’s reviews by checking out his Linktree.
Leave a Reply