Evergrey @ Sin-City

\r\nAs soon as I got to Sin City in the center of Athens to watch Evergrey I heard the news, Greek support band’s appearances had been cancelled. I heard no official explanation for that but judging by the backline I saw on stage for Evergrey’s show I am pretty sure it had to do with that. You see the stage is small and the backline of the Swedes massive! At least for a stage this small.\r\n

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\r\nThe show started quite late, and Chaoswave took the stage. I didn’t pay that much attention but what was striking was the fact the sound was terrible. I could hear the drums and the vocalists singing but the whole effect came out as noise. It took them at least 3 songs to have them playing in a better mode. However I have to admit, even though I spotted a few parts here and there in their songs that I liked I didn’t like the whole. They seem to have good ideas but they need more work and originality. The crowd was quite warm with them and they seemed to communicate with it pretty well which set up a really warm atmosphere for Evergrey to step into.\r\n

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\r\nAfter Chaoswave’s set and a great gap which also included some sound check Evergrey came on stage. After saying hello Tom made a joke about the leaking roof saying “someone is piecing on the second floor” He stranded out his finger and pretended to taste the water dripping from the roof of the venue and said “ yap its piece!”(As far as I can understand temperature was really high and being a low ceiling venue it became wet- Thank god I was standing next to the air conditioning, regretted next morning when I was sore, but at the time it felt great) After asking the crowd how we had been since the last time they were in Athens he remarked, “This is officially the smallest stage we have ever played!” As for us watching the show, we didn’t mind at all. The crowd was almost 300 people and everyone was singing along in most of the songs. Tom Englund was smoking and drinking at times on stage and he seemed to be really at home. He changed more that 7 guitars as he has each one tuned up differently for each song. When they stopped the crowd would ask for past hits of the band and when they asked for Blackened Dawn he went “Yeah right that was before Christ!” However, just under his mike stood the singer of NEED John V. One of the bands meant to play in support that night that got canceled and said he could sing the lyrics. So Tom got him on stage, they played the song and he sang the song and I can say really well! He filled up Tom’s shoes pretty good!\r\n

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\r\nWhat else can I say about that night? It was amazing. I love Evergrey and it was the first time I watched them play live so I can’t compare it to previous appearances. However what I can say is that they sounded so good I had trouble making out if it was live or playback as I didn’t expect that venue could deliver such a great effect. I guess it’s what they say. A sound engineer can take the sound of a band up to a certain point. After that it takes a great band to deliver a great show and Evergrey did. Until next time, I will be impatiently waiting for my Recreation Day….\r\n

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\r\nReport: Elena Mihailidou
\r\nPhotos: Jim Hatzimoisis\r\n
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