THE HAUNTED @ Principal - Thessaloniki

In an almost empty Principal, for its standards, where Haunted were probably "defeated" by the football game of Greece vs Israel in Tel Aviv, I was trying to think how many fans would come. In the end, the pessimistic predictions were verified, and no more than 270 people were present. The concert started 40 minutes late , perhaps because the promoters were waiting for more people to come, but around 20 people only came. Finally the concert started at 21:50 and on the scene Senseless appeared.
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\r\nSenseless
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\r\nThe Senseless is a beatdown hardcore - 2 step band from Thessaloniki, who did not satisfied me with their appearance. The appeared on stage dressed in the American hip hop style (loose-fitting pants and basketball team shirts), the style that betrayed their main influences. The performance on stage was mediocre. The were warmed up after the fourth song. I must admiτ that the singer was really bored, because when he was singing I was not able to understand anything! Also the crowd was indifferent and just a few individuals participated.  Also, their compositions were not something special. Repetitive riffs with no originality, and short pieces, about three minutes. The only exception was their last track, "Fuck Off".
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\r\nFor more information http://www.myspace.com/senselesshxc
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\r\nBios
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\r\nThe Bios is a hardcore band from Kilkis, who they also have a release, "Your Label My Essence". It is very important local bands to release an album and support and support bands such as The Haunted. Although their presence and performance were superior to that of Senseless neither they managed to electify the audience. The crowd continued to be indifferent. And once again the compositions were not something special, most, nothing what we haven’t listent to before. No song made the difference but overall their compositionw were better  than Senseless ones. Finally to I must add that the sound was excellent. Finally some people understood that also the support bands deserve good sound.
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\r\nFor more information http://www.myspace.com/biosmetal
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\r\nThe Haunted

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\r\nEventually I found out the reason that the crowd was behaving like that. The reason was The Haunted themselves. By getting themselves on stage the crowd reacted as if someone dead had just been resurrected. But not everyone started to headbang. When they sang "Tresspass", then the majority of the audience started the real hellfire. Moshpits, headbangings, we were so thirsty for the Swedish likea thirsty guy in the desert that hadn’t drink water for days. Dolving was trying to cheer us up and we payed him back with the best of our actions. Moshpits and headbanging of course. The communication between the band and the crowd was successful, and thanked us a lot of times during the show for our support. The last song was the "Hate Song". The Swedish asked us for headbangings, but we also gave them mosh pits. In conclusion, "The Haunted" were excellent on stage, but it was a pity that the venue was not full of fans. I do not know if I have to blame the football match or the bad promotion, but "The Haunted" concerts must be crowded, cause the Swedish guys release huge amounts of energy to the fans. Hopefully the next time is going to be a hell.
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\r\nSet list
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\r\n1. Little Cage
\r\n2. The Drowning
\r\n3. Trespass
\r\n4. Intro: The Premonition
\r\n5. The Flood
\r\n6. The Medication
\r\n7. Moronic Colossus
\r\n8. Intro : Boots
\r\n9. D.O.A
\r\n10. All Against All
\r\n11. In Vein
\r\n12. Trenches
\r\n13. Dark Intentions
\r\n14. Bury Your Dead
\r\n16. Fault line
\r\n17. 99
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\r\nEncore:
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\r\n18. No Compromise
\r\n19. The Fallout
\r\n20. Hate Song
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\r\nReport: Kostantinos Grevenitis
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