27 December 2014
"The 4 Levels Of Existence" ("TA 4 ΕΠΙΠΕΔΑ ΤΗΣ ΥΠΑΡΞΗΣ") were formed in 1974, in Greece.
"Athanasios Alatas" (rhythm guitar, acoustic guitar) and "Christos Vlahakis" (drums, percussion), formally two members of "Frog's Eye" (a local Rock band in Agios Fanouris), moved to Sepolia with "Marios Yamalakis" (bass guitar, voices) and "Nick Dounavis" (lead guitar) and made a decision to play their original Rock different from other Pop bands in Greece. At the big concert for Cyprus they could make a great success and later won third place in the big musical competition by EIRT TV.
In the following year, as a new lead guitarist, "Nick Grapsas" took the place of the previous Nick and "The Four Levels Of Existence" came to perfection. They created new psychedelic sounds with their sensitivity and dynamism, and lyrics all in Greek.
1976 became the greatest year for them: "The Four Levels Of Existence" could sign a Greek record label Venus and surprisingly they could complete the eponymous album ("V 1013") for only ten hours. They gave their one and only concert shortly after the release of this album, and became a legend anytime soon.
Slightly revamped second edition of an album that many people consider to be the best Greek Psychedelic album ever recorded, a belief that would mean that "The 4 Levels Of Existence" LP would supercede albums by artists like Axis, "Aphrodite's Child", Socrates, and "George Romanos". We'll let you decide the argument, for there is no doubt of one thing—that this is tremendous hard edged Psychedelic Rock, originally released on LP in a very small quantity by the private Venus label in 1976.
As band leader "Athanasios Alatas" said: "Through Nick's musical quest, Mario's sensitivity, Christos' madness, and my thoughts, we create many songs, all characterized by a psychedelic music sound, Greek lyrics, and monumental guitar solos".