\r\nWith a lot of neck pain and with my vocal chords truly destroyed I deliver you my experience of the first Athens Rocking Festival.
\r\nA few words for the venue…
\r\nThe good: We didn’t melt from the heat. Finally a gig with enough fresh air, a big stage and a good view from everywhere around. A place to sit for the quieter or the tired ones. In general a lot of space and comfort (note by the translator: and clean WCs!!!)
\r\nI am sitting in front of my PC and thinking about what I could write for Opeth after their concert, as far as it has to do with their live performance, and conclude that not matter what I write it will never be enough. Opeth is a superb combo with great music, with perfect performance and a "must audience" band . Now, regarding Akerfeldt’s humour...it is better to put aside for the moment. But let us see what happened at "Mylos" on Saturday evening.
\r\nIt is Friday and the center of Athens is shut down due to a protest, so after walking for about 20 minutes, I manage to get to Texas Necropolis Club at about 20:30. The doors open a few minutes later and at around 9, the first band of the night is on the stage. Sorrowful Angels, are a promising band that sounds a lot like Paradise Lost. If I am not mistaken, they have been around since 1999, but this is one of their first performances with their new line up.
For once more we’re standing outside Gagarin, which opens its doors this time to welcome one of the most important bands of the black metal scene. Of course I’m talking about Satyricon who were joined by Dark Vision and Ravencult. For more infromation...
\r\nIts a typical Tuesday afternoon in Athens , people are driving their way back to their home , tired from work , full of stress and i personally saw a lot of people half asleep in the train. But for those who are heading to Gagarin 205 club, things are different.Theres no words such as: tired , stressed , sleepy and other similar short-time diseases when you know that in a couple of hours you will see alive on stage Grave , Benediction and Pestilence together!!
\r\nSaturday, February 14th and there is no better way to rise above the ridiculous Valentine’s Day than to go to one of the best live shows of the year. Amon Amarth were on Greek grounds for the second time and fans were flooding FUZZ Club. Opening act was Heathendom, a Greek band which recently released their first album and has already created a buzz on their name. \r\n
\r\nLast Sunday, the 25th of January, it was finally time for us to enjoy the Portuguese Moonspell and our own Inactive Messiah as a supporting act at Fuzz Club, in Athens. The doors opened at 8:40 and around 9 at a crowded Fuzz, Inactive Messiah came on stage. The people were at the club early to enjoy both the bands and after 9 the club was full of people.\r\n
\r\nMonday night is a difficult night for live appearances in Greece. You see Greek fans are biased by the fact they were probably working – or having school in the morning and they will also do in the next day. That’s the reason why I didn’t expect a big crowd in Texas Necropolis for Samael’s live show.