From L - R:
John Patelis: Vocals
Pete Lallis: Guitar
Mark Cross: Drums
Nicko Freeman: Bass
Mike Armagos: Guitar
Alex Douglas: Bass
Harry Karaolides: Keyboards
Sandy Pol: Vocals
Magna Carta started out in 1989. Before that the members featured with two
songs on the metal sampler "Greece Attacks" under the name Digital and Analog
Dreams in 1988. They didn't have a name yet and picked those just for fun,
exactly the time when everything became digital.
The name Magna Carta had much to offer, a great historical event since the
liberation papyrus of 1215, when the lords of England compelled freedom of
speech for everyone, not knowing yet that an English band existed under the same
name since the early 70's.
They were all outstanding musicians, John had a tremendous high range, Pete was
a unique virtuosive guitar player and talented musician, Nick studied later
at the M.I.T. in Los Angeles vocals, composition and harmony, and Mark we
all know. They had known each other for years and one could hear that in their
All their songs were first recorded in English, but the label MBI forced them to
rerecord the entire production in Greek.
Why? Nobody really knows why, I guess it was another money laundry as so many
other productions, even though singer John Patelis
was Canadian origin and the band had potential. Soon this situation ended their
career and was never heard from again, only left a good reputation in the
Greek rock scene! A few years later they talked about getting another
album done, but as time passes, they all had gone in different directions and the
spark was definitely gone.
Unfortunately many musicians wasted their talent in the Greek music industry and
never had the chance and support to get out there and play!
Now after all those years the band finally made a decision and will remix
the album in English and release it sometime in 2003 on the net.