22/4/2017 in Piraeus 117 Academy, Athens we saw one excellent live show. Candlemass played all the songs from the album “Nightfall ” and songs from their first gold year. Candlemass came without their leader bassist Leif Edling (he is not very well in his health) and without the singer of Nightfall ,Messiah Marcolin. As singer was Mats Leven one great performer . 90 minutes with 2 encores !! One epic show. The other band Sorrows Path ( one of the best doom metal bands in Greece) played 7 songs .They were very good with mature doom sound and many progressive , heavy metal influences. Their drummer gave to us one last live performance . Ok I dont want to write many words for this live , I prefer to post many pics and I want to post the setlists of these bands with clips , so the readers take a taste of the songs!
Empty Eyes and Blackened Hearts
So finally Sunday 10/09/2016 is here and all roads lead to Kyttaro club for the live show of one of the biggest bands in the genre of Dark Gothic Metal, Moonspell. The support bands were Eleine and The Foreshadowing.The sold out was pretty much sure. Fernando Ribeiro and his band is a guarantee of quality for 23 years, almost a quarter century.
The concert opened at 20.20 with Eleine from Sweden the band of Madeleine Liljestam who is known as well as alternative model. Eleine belongs in the genre of Symphonic Metal with many oriental influences. They played six songs and the song ” Death Incarnate” was the best, guitarist Ricard Ekberg manage the fans to sing with them and raise high the mood. Pretty good were the songs “Untold Story” and “Break Take Live”. I must write here about the wonderful stage appearance of Madeleine with her oriental outfit and her magnificent tattoo. Very good was and Sebastian Bergund key on keyboards.
Έφτασε λοιπόν η Κυριακή 9/10/2016 και όλοι οι δρόμοι οδηγούν στο Κύτταρο που φιλοξενεί ένα από τα μεγαλύτερα συγκροτήματα στο χώρο του Dark Gothic Metal , τους Πορτογάλους Moonspell. Μαζί τους support bands ήταν οι Σουηδοί Eleine και οι Ιταλοί The Foreshadowing . Ήταν εκ των προτέρων σίγουρο ότι θα επικρατήσει πανικός και το αδιαχώρητο όσον αναφορά την προσέλευση του κοινού. Ο Fernando Ribeiro και η παρέα του είναι εγγύηση ποιότητας εδώ και 23 χρόνια , σχεδόν ένα τέταρτο του αιώνα.
Η συναυλία άνοιξε στις 20.20 με τους Eleine από την Σουηδία το συγκρότημα της Madeleine Liljestam γνωστού alternative model. Οι Eleine ανήκουν στο χώρο του Symphonic Metal με πολλές oriental επιρροές. Έπαιξαν 6 τραγούδια με το Death Incarnate να ξεχωρίζει και ο κιθαρίστας Ricard Ekberg να παρασύρει το κοινό να τραγουδίσει μαζί τους και ανεβάσει αρκέτα το κλίμα και την διάθεση. Αρκετά καλά ήταν και τα κομμάτια Story Untold και Break Take Live. Πρέπει εδώ να αναφέρω την υπέροχη σκηνική παρουσία της Madeleine με το ανατολίτικο outfit που αναδείκνυε τα εντυπωσιακά της tattoo . Σημειώνω και το πολύ καλό παίξιμο στα πλήκτρα του Sebastian Bergund.
Saturday, March 26 and the second female fronted metal festival in Greece is a fact! On the stages this year were the bands Enemy Of Reality, Jaded Star, Mute Tale, Dakrya and Upon Revival.
First appeared Upon Revival, one five-member band that plays hard rock / alternative metal. Vocals by Anastasia Papadopoulou, lead guitar Kostas Ikonomopoulos, rhythm guitar Babis Papadopoulos Alexander Chelmis bass and drums Theo Mottaki. They played seven songs and two covers. The songs “ Erase the fear ” and “Never Enough” and the two covers ” What have you done” (Within Temptation) and ” Oceans (Evanescence) “was quite good. The singer showed enough talent with her voice and her stage appearance . The band, although new, has every reason to hope in a bright future.
1.Blindfold | 2.Erase my scars | 3.Oceans | 4.Erase the fear | 5.Stricken | 6.What have you done | 7.Never enough
Second Mute Tale appeared the band Mute Tale , the great surprise of the evening, and won the impressions with the very correct playing and the excellent voice of the soprano Annou. The seven-member band has a full length album released last year and they played Symphonic / Gothic Metal with many mythological and philosophical elements in the lyrics. The pieces “Realm Of Serenity”, “The Dale” and the homonymous with the name of the band song “Mute Tale” were amazing . Extra credits also the the guest singer Theodore George. I have to add that the band has the stuff of the headliner , their performance was so good and maybe according my opinion the half hour on stage was very little time.
1. Animae (intro) | 2. Realm of Serenity | 3. The Dale | 4. Ravensky | 5. Chain of fear | 6. Good Intentions | 7. Curse of Time (Eclipse) | 8. Sear | 9. Mute Tale
And while we waiting for the appearance of Dakrya, at 8:45, the organizers announced that the area should be evacuated because there was a phone call to the police for a bomb. So we spend one hour out of the club.The alarm of the bomb was a fake and we came back to the show. Of course in my opinion ” bomb” was the appearance of Mute Tale , I saw them for first time and they impressed me very positively.
At 10:00 appeared one stay Dakrya, a seven-member band based Theatrical Avantgarde Metal, with the singer Thina to coming from Holland with one rehearsal and trying to coordinate with the rest members of the band. Their sound had problems and the setlist was absent.Also the problem with the guitar spoiled the overall impression. From the appearance of Dakrya I will keep song “The Charlatans”, basically thanks to the special theatrical talent of Thina.
So we got the first big name of the evening, Enemy of Reality, the band with the number voice in Greece (and not only) in the Symphonic Metal Miss Iliana Tsakirakis. They played 11 songs, 9 of their own and two covers, ” Over the Hills” (cover of the cover) and “It’s a Sin”. The band appeared without keyboards, since their last change in the line-up in the place of the keys. This fact makes the band to play with more heavy sound although the guitar was so loud that maybe harmed the crystal voice of Iliana. All, however, played excellent, with the excellent guitarist Stelios . Enemy of Reality in general have reached a great musical level and already they write their own history in the musical scene.
1.My own Master | 2.Lifeless Eyes | 3.Needle Bites | 4.Over the hills | 5.One Last try | 6.Her Descending Ghost | 7.The Bargaining | 8.Torn Apart | 9. It’s a Sin | 10.Twist of Time | 11.Grief Divine
Last band of this Fest was Jaded Star the forth member band of Maxi Nil, with Raphael Saini on drums, Kostas Vretto on guitar and Babis Nikou on bass. No one can doubt about the international experience of Maxi as a singer (ex-Visions Of Atlantis, On Thorns I Lay, Elysion) but the band Jaded Star moves in Rock Metal commercial sound. All four band members are very good musicians and played pretty much good but the little number of the people who had come to the concert became even less the time of their appearance (perhaps wanted to catch the last buss to return in their home).
1.Intro – The Mask | 2.Stars | 3.You ‘ll See | 4.Raining in Sao Paolo | 5.Healing The Inner Child | 6.Innocence | 7.Keep On Fighting | 8.Wake Up | 9.Keep On Rocking In The Free World
As a final impression, the musical evening was good, maybe the Voices of the Mist Vol.II lagged slightly from Vol.I, more in the terms of organization rather than musically, we hope the Vol.III will be the next year the best and why not we hope to see new names or even better a good mix of vol.I with vol.II .
2/14/2016 Valentine’s Day and what is better than to see one beloved band Draconian in their back up in Greece after 6 years.With them played other three bands from Greece, Immensity, Caelestia and Elysion .
The live show opens with Immensity a very good Doom – Death Atmospheric Metal band with many Progressive and Funeral influences. They played songs from their upcoming album in 25/2 “Splendid Isolation”. The singer Leonidas Hatzimihalis sang very well both brutal and clean vocals. All their songs are great with a perfect balance between music and vocals resulting in a dramatic doom sound. Leonidas Hatzimihalis ex – member of the band Fatal Morgana has the experience to stand comfortably in any stage.
Second appeared Caelestia playing Symphonic Extreme Metal with several Death and Progressive elements. The six-member band has female vocals from Dimitra Vintsou and growls from Nikos Palivos . The songs were from their recent debut album “Beneath Abyss” (2015) but the sound of the club was bad and hardly heard the vocals which covered from the sound of very strong guitars.
Then came the turn of Elysion one of the best female fronted band of Greece with the singer Christianna perfect in appearance and in the executive faculty with a comfortable interpretation of songs from their two albums “Silent Scream” and “Someplace Better” . And of course again they played a cover of Rammstein, “Mein Herz Brennt” stressing that now can not be regarded as a cover because Elysion have played more often live this than Rammstein themselves !! The sound of the band was perfect binding and I wonder why such a good band has released only two album until now. Their songs “Made Of Lies”, “Killing My Dreams”, “Never Forever”, “Someplace Better”, “Dreamer” and “Fairytale” managed to rouse the world and win the applause.
Finally came the time for Draconian, the club was filled with impatient fans. Draconian appeared with 50% different line up from their last live show here, Lisa Johansson is unfortunately past and in her place as singer is Heike Langhans (ex-Inferium, ex-The Great Sleep,: LOR3L3I:, ISON), also with different drummer, in place of Jerry Torstensson played Tarald Lie from Tristania and also in the place of the bassist Fredrik Johansson was the bf of the Heike, Daniel Änghede (Crippled Black Phoenix, Hearts of Black Science, ISON). These changes forced the band to play only eight songs for an hour .The five songs was from their new album “Sovran” , two from “Arcane Rain Fell” (2005) and one of the “Turning Season Within” (2008). Many favorite songs not heard because it is almost impossible to hear vocals (according to the female part) the same as the old performances. Although last August they played in London with guest singer Lisa Cuthbert in place of Heike and they managed to catch the standards of Lisa vocals. In sixth song “Rivers Between Us” the male vocals did Daniel Änghede something that is not the best for the original sound of Draconian. Anders Jacobsson was unique in growls as always. The last song”Death , Come Near Me” was played as an encore, a song that has marked our music heart !! The Draconian may have played little, but was very friendly on stage and after they stayed for one and half hour to speak, to be photographed and to sign autographs with all the fans!
1. “Stellar Tombs”
2. “A Scenery of Loss”
3. “Heavy Lies the Crown”
4. “Pale Tortured Blue”
6. “Rivers Between Us”
8. “Death, Come Near Me”
“Stellar Tombs”, “Heavy Lies the Crown”, “Pale Tortured Blue”, “Dishearten”, “Rivers Between Us” is from “Sovran” (2015), “Bloodflower” from “Turning Season Within” (2008) , “A Scenery of Loss” and “Death, Come Near Me” from “Arcane Rain Fell” (2005).
Certainly a live show on Thursday is by definition problematic for large number of the people. This of course is unfair for two great bands which they decided to play for first time Greece .The two bands represent two completely different types of music, which somehow divided the fans . We saw that many fans stayed to the show only for their one fav band .The live started at 8.30 and the first band on stage was TYR. TYR coming from t Faroe Islands and they are a folk viking metal band with many progressive and heavy elements. The songs mentioned in Norse mythology and paganism. They took their name from the god of creation according to Scandinavian mythology but the vocalist Heri Joensen did not fail to refer to Greece and in the microphone said that it is an honor to the band to play in the land of the ancient gods.
TYR are four member band and their line -up is : Heri Joensen Guitars -Vocals, Gunnar Thomsen Bass-Vocals (backing), Terji Skibenæs Guitars-Vocals (backing) and Amon Djurhuus Drums. They played very strongly and jauntily with full setlist from almost all their albums and more from “By the Light of the Northern Star” and “Valkyrja”.
Overall they played 17 songs for half an hour giving great satisfaction to their fans.
Swallow the Sun are a six-member band with stable line – up except the drummer who has changed 3 times (you must notice that the previous drummer was Kai Hahto who now playing with Nightwish). The big surprise here was that the founder and great guitarist Juha Raivio not finally appeared and his place took a session guitarist Juho Räihä (Gloria Morti). Someone would expect that the sound would have problems but Juho Räihä did look amazing and I can say that stole with his appearance the whole show. Mikko Kotamäki, the singer seemed very annoyed because the club not filled with many people t and his mood transferred and to other players .
Finally played 1 hours and 40 minutes, quite well according their standards .The songs that they played were from their entire discography, giving physically based in their last triple album.
Around 11.30 left the scene to returned directly with the two guitarists to use classical guitars, and played three songs from the second part of their triple disc as acoustic. Finally as encore they closed the show with two older “classic” songs. At 12.10 the journey in the seas of sadness ,in restless dark and tranquility the pain waves finished leaving us quite satisfied with the hope that we will see them again soon in Greece with or not Juha Raivio !!!
Set – List
( Intro) Originem
1.The Second Stone (The Quantum Enigma 2014)
2.The Essence of Silence ( The Quantum Enigma 2014)
3.Unileashed (Design Your Universe 2009)
4.Storm the Sorrow ( Requiem For The Indifferent 2012)
5.Fools of Dannation (The Divine Conspiracy 2007)
6.Natural Corruption (The Quantum Enigma 2014)
7.Sensorium ( Chosen over The Last Crusade) (The Phantom Agony 2003)
8.The Obsessive Devotion (The Divine Conspiracy 2007)
9.Victims Of Contingency (The Quantum Enigma 2014)
10. Cry for the Moon (The Phantom Agony 2003)
11.Design Your Universe (Design Your Universe 2009)
12.Sancta Terra (The Divine Conspiracy 2007)
13.Unchain Utopia (The Quantum Enigma 2014)
14.Consign to Oblivion (Consign to Oblivion 2005)
The most great feeling is to see one the famous bands when they are in full action and int he pic of their glory.Epica is one from the few bands in the world who have 6 perfect albums.
The live show starts with the band Jaded Star one new form with the most known member the singer Maxi Nil ( ex- Vision of Atlantis and a lot of local collaborations). They played for 45 minutes songs from their debut album.Nothing important when you wait with agony to hear and see Epica.
The worst for us of the live was the 40 minutes dead time to wait for the appearance of Epica.
Finally Epica start their live show with the intro (classic) “Originem”. Like all the time first came in the stage Ariën van Weesenbeek the drummer,after the keyboardist Coen Janssen , next Isaac Delahaye the lead guitarist and Rob van der Loo the bassist and after them the great Mark Jansen and finally when started the first song “The Second Stone” appear on stage the goddess Simone Simons.
Epica played songs from all their albums and of course from the last masterpiece “The Quantum Enigma” .
I will notice that Epica always respect 100% their fans .They asked from the fans to choose between hearing “Sensorium” or The Last Crusade , and the fans decided to hear “Sensorium” .
Epica rocks on and played under the stage near to the fans.I will notice and the excellent solo of the drummer Ariën van Weesenbeek ( over 10 minutes!!).
The headbanging of the band was explosive Issac and Rob were amazing and Simone magic with her perfect voice,with her beautiful appearance and her energy in the stage,also it was great surprise when she spoke in greek language .
The song Design Your Universe was the last but the fans were in ecstasy and screamed ” we want more”
Coen Janssen with his portable keyboard came again on the stage and played his solo until all the band came again for the encore.
Sancta Terra ,Unchain Utopia , and finished with the song Consign to Oblivion , and Mark scream loud ” are you ready for the last rumble ? “.
Finally the live show of Epica was a life -time show! I wonder how to be able to see another live show of other band after this GREAT SHOW!
RATING 10 PLUS!!!!!!!!
On Valentine’s Day, Enemy of Reality played for first time live in Athens.
All we expected this event after the release of their first album.
Let us mention about the bands that played with them .
First appeared Devotion one post hardcore female band.
They played four songs, with enough energy and hopeful signs for the future in the genre where they are belong.
Second appeared The Silent Wedding, what to write about them, they was for me like the first love some years ago, when they made their first steps. The band has done a lot longer front in Melodic Heavy Metal, all now are excellent musicians and do not leave you dissatisfied in any live. They were very good and even in the cover of Black Sabbath.
So let’s talk about Enemy of Reality. The band played all the tracks of their album except the ballad STEP INTO THE LIGHT , and also played a cover of Nightwish“Wish I had an Angel “ .
What to say for Iliana, she is longer than the first names worldwide in Symphonic metal with experience, talent and leadership presence .Her interpretative skills are amazing but that make me insatiable for many more in the direct future.
Stelios also gave one more time the seal of the right guitarist who steals the show with his music and not with stage excesses .
I have to notice the very good playing on drums by Philip and also the presence of excellent Thanos on bass who also did the growls to singing The Bargaining ,a wonderful interpretation together with Iliana.
From the keybords I was expecting something more according the studio album, probably not helped by the sound of the club and the low live profile of Marianthie.We must have in our mind that the keys are important instrument in Symphonic Metal and should play a leading role.
On the cover of Nightwish “Wish I had an Angel” Iliana was in the same level with Tarja but the guest singer did not has any relation with Marco Hietala. Generaly the performance was musically very good, something infrequent for other bands that make cover.
But in my personal opinion when bands play one cover is good to try to change something in order that our mind not make subliminal comparisons with the original performance.
Also the song “Needle Bites” that in the album participates Ailyn Giménez from Sirenia, here Iliana blanketed 100% ,even with the pre-recorded vocals without lag in anything from the studio performances.
I would notice also that finally something should be done with the sound in the clubs of Athens because continuously I realize that they cannot support enough the difficult Symphonic Metal that has particularities in both orchestral, and in the vocals.
Also some time finally I want to see lives exclusively with bands of Symphonic Metal. Already the fans exist , why not become one this step. And the bands are lost when they play live with other bands belonging to another genre.
Eventually the live of Enemy of Reality left me quite satisfied and eager for when I will see again them ! And I finally I saw a live of one Greek band with almost sold out!
Την ημέρα του Αγ. Βαλεντίνου έγινε το πρώτο live show των Enemy of Reality στην Αθήνα.
Ολοι το περιμέναμε πως και πως μετά την κυκλοφορία του πρώτου τους άλμπουμ.
Ας αναφερθούμε λίγο στις μπάντες που έπαιξαν μαζί τους.
Πρώτοι εμφανίστηκαν οι Devotion ενα συγκρότημα με γυναικεία σύνθεση post hardcore.
Επαιξαν 4 κομμάτια,αρκετή ενέργεια και ελπιδοφόρα σημεία για το μέλλον στον χώρο που απευθύνονται.
Δεύτεροι εμφανίστηκαν οι The Silent Wedding, τι να γράψω γι’ αυτούς που ήταν για μένα κάτι σαν την πρώτη αγάπη κάποια χρόνια πριν όταν κάνανε τα πρώτα τους βήματα.Η μπάντα έχει κάνει πολλά βήματα πλέον μπροστά στο Melodic Heavy Metal, όλοι πλέον είναι εξαίρετοι μουσικοί και δεν σε αφήνουν δυσαρεστημένο σε κανένα live. Ηταν πάρα πολύ καλοί ακόμα και στην διασκευή των Black Sabbath.
Και παμε στους Enemy of Reality. Η μπάντα έπαιξε όλα τα κομμάτια του δίσκου εκτός απο την μπαλλάντα “STEP INTO THE LIGHT”που κλείνει το άλμπουμ, και επίσης έπαιξε ένα cover των Nightwish το“Wish I had an Angel “ .
Τι να πούμε για την Ηλιάνα,είναι πλέον απο τα πρώτα ονόματα σε όλο τον κόσμο στο Symphonic metal με πείρα ,ταλέντο και ηγετική παρουσία.Οι ερμηνευτικές της ικανότητες είναι αξεπέραστες ,που όμως σε κάνουν αχόρταγο για πολλά περισσότερα στο άμεσο μέλλον.
Ο Στελιος έδωσε ακόμα μια φορά την σφραγίδα του σωστού κιθαρίστα που κλέβει την παράσταση με την μουσική του και οχι με σκηνικές υπερβολές.
Εχω να σημειώσω το πολυ καλό παιξιμο στα drums απο τον Philip και επίσης την παρουσία του εξαίρετου Θάνου στο μπασσο που επίσης έκανε και τα growls στο τραγούδι “The Bargaining “, μιά υπέροχη ερμηνεία μαζί με την Ηλιάνα.
Απο τα keys περίμενα κάτι παραπάνω σε σχέση με το άμπουμ, ίσως δεν βοήθησε ο ήχος του μαγαζιού και το low live profile της Μαριάνθης. Υπ’όψιν όμως ότι τα πλήκτρα είναι σημαντικό όργανο στο Symphonic Metal και πρέπει να παίξει πρωταγωνιστικό ρόλο.
Σχετικά με το cover των Nightwish “Wish I had an Angel “ η Ηλιάνα δεν υστερεί σε τίποτε απο την Tarja ,αλλά ο φιλοξενούμενος τραγουδιστής δεν είχε καμμία σχεση με τον Marco Hietala. Γενικά η εκτέλεση ήταν μουσικά πολυ καλή, κάτι σπάνιο για άλλα συγκροτήματα που κάνουν cover.
Κατα την προσωπική μου γνώμη όμως όταν οι μπαντες παίζουν κάποιο cover καλό είναι να προσπαθούν να αλλάξουν κάτι σ’ αυτό ώστε το μυαλό μας να μην κάνει υποσυνείδητες συγκρίσεις με την πρωτότυπη εκτέλεση,
Επίσης το κομματι “Needle Bites” που στο άλμπουμ συμμετέχει η Ailyn Giménez, εδώ η Ηλιανα το κάλυψε 100%, έστω και με τα προηχογραφημένα vocals χωρίς να υστερήση σε τίποτε από την studio εκτελεση.
Θα σημείωνα οτι επιτέλους κατι πρέπει να γινει με τον ήχο στα μαγαζιά της Αθήνας γιατί συνεχώς διαπιστώνω οτι δεν μπορούν να υποστηρίξουν αρκετά το δύσκολο Symphonic Metal που εχει ιδιαιτερότητες τόσο στα ορχηστρικά ,όσο και στα φωνητικά.
Επίσης κάποια στιγμή θα ήθελα επιτέλους να δω live αποκλειστικά με μπάντες Symphonic Metal. ‘Ηδη το κοινό υπάρχει,γιατί να μην γίνει ένα τέτοιο βήμα.Και μπάντες υπάρχουν που χάνονται όταν παίζουν live με άλλα σχήματα που ανήκουν σε άλλο genre.
Τελικά η πρώτη εμφάνιση των Enemy of Realityμε άφησε αρκετά ικανοποιημένο αλλά και ανυπόμονο για το πότε θα τους ξαναδώ πάλι!Και επιτέλους είδα ένα live απο ελληνική μπάντα με σχεδόν sold out!