Private Government was born in 2003 of a vision to accurately represent the underground metal scene in the UAE. Spearheaded by Miltiadis Kyvernitis, the first record “Diavatirio”, released in 2009, featured a diverse guest line up including hip-hop producer and rapper Lucky ‘Swerte’ Schild of the now popular outfit ‘The Recipe’ and Michael Fillon of ‘Sandwash’. Exploring themes from politics to substance abuse and other social issues of the time, the album saw a regional release and garnered peer and critical acclaim.
Inspired by a distant dystopian future, Kyvernitis has resurrected the project alongside Joseph Akkawi with 10 songs, each focusing on the human spirit’s resilience and endeavour to always rise again.
Displayed against the backdrop of his Greek-Cypriot roots, the upcoming concept-themed record, titled ‘Μολὼν Λαβέ’ (Come and Take) features an eclectic line up of guest musicians from a wide variety of musical backgrounds. Some of these musicians include industry vocalist Nadeem Bibby of regional progressive-metal band Anuryzm, guitarist Royden Mascarenhas of Point of View and Soul-singer Hamdan Al-Abri. Swerte also reprises his role as a guest vocalist.
With takes on theology, politics and social woes, ‘Μολὼν Λαβέ’ follows a similar approach to that of the first album. As a concept album, however, it defers by telling stories in sequence from beginning to end, with highlights between the main tracks to bridge the entire experience into one major story.
Ahead of the album release, four teaser videos have been shared with the fans and community that highlight the production and intensity of the musical work featuring some of the tracks with their respective guest musicians. Musically, audiences can expect a very intricate album. A far cry from the first album, ‘Μολὼν Λαβέ’ demonstrates a far more mature sound with thematically heavy production work. Private Government will also be releasing a music video to launch the project ahead of the album release. The release date has yet to be confirmed, but the outfit is looking at a tentative release date towards the end of April. There are also plans to make the record available in a number of different formats including digital, a limited-print Digipack and Vinyl.