\r\nSaturday 24/1/2009, 20:00 sharp and I was standing outside the Principal Hall. In front of the entrance already 10 teenagers, from Drama and Katerini, had been patiently waiting for to door to open. The doors opened at 20:30 and in no time I found myself in front of the stage, against the point were Fernando stood after some hour.
\r\nOn January 10th it was finally time for the Greek audience to enjoy on Stage the reborn Septic Flesh after 6 years. The whole show was very tempting since 3 other bands would support Septic Flesh in this concert. So we were outside the club at 7:30 and at about 8:10 Nyne started to play…\r\n
\r\nThis is so cool. It’s Thursday evening, in the center of Athens, and you can drink a beer while attending a live show, all in normal hours (this goes to the ones who have to wake up early in the morning and work for endless hours daily). Crimson Fire was a very good company that night by playing many songs, however, to be honest, no matter how many times I have seen these guys performing it’s never enough! The band, with a new line up did a good show and those who were there enjoyed it a lot, even though there were some problems with the sound,.
It’s 18:00 and I was standing in front of the White Tower waiting with other fans of Kreator the buses to take us to Principal Club. The fans huge passion to audience their favorite Kreator was not obvious, until Petrozza with his fellows appeared on the scene. But let’s take it from the beginning since the journey was long enough until we met... the Hordes of Chaos.
\r\nSetting off to go to AN Club on a Monday night live show I expected a homey show with a small crowd. And as Jim, (our photographer) said, I thought it wouldn’t have that many people until I turned around this corner. Reaching An Club we found out almost every guitar in Athens was there. And not just Athens, I saw Gus Drax from BIOMECHANICAL in the venue, John Simvonis from DESCENDING to name a couple who come from signed Greek bands. \r\n
\r\nThursday night and one of my dreams, to watch one of the best hard rock bands at Gagarin, was about to come true. First time in our country the band which has combined mainstream hits, sentimental ballads and hard rocking songs and my anxiety for the result, was increasing!
This is new to me. Being the only person at the right side of the venue, that is. The time had come to see Biomechanical performing live, while the crowd was still so small. Really sad.
\r\nLet’s take it from the start. Doors opened with an\r\nhour’s delay but to tell you the truth I din’t expect them to open on time.\r\nSure thing is doors opened and De\r\nProfundis. Their intro was very impressive and it got you in the mood right\r\naway. The English band was well\r\nbonded and their sound pretty good. I felt that what was missing is that extra\r\nsomething that makes bands stand out.
I arrived at GAGARIN where the gig would take place, a little bit late and when I saw that the venue was almost empty, I was hoping that the initial schedule had changed and that the show would start later. That the band that was on stage already wasn’t GODIVA but some other support group which was probably added in the billing the last minute and we just weren’t informed about it, therefore, there weren’t many fans there. However, this was the picture that lasted all night long.
\r\nSunday noon found me walking up Themistokleous street towards Underworld club for a long awaited live later that evening. Primordial. I’d never seen them live before,you see, it’s something like my relationship with Ireland.. Whenever the trip was planned, the universe would always screw things up for me and I’d end up mumbling "next time..". Well this time, I was not going to miss it, even if they were giving away free barrels of Guinness on my front porch.