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.
\r\nIt was the fourth time in the last years that Uriah Heep has visited us. Due to their new album "Wake The Sleeper”, which will be realeased in Greece on March, Heep gave us on Sutarday 1.5 hour of really rock music, as they know to do 38 whole years. The legendary group arrive at 20:40 at Fuzz and after one hour it was on the stage. The incredibly Show’s energy from the very beginning gave us a picture of the atmoshere, which was expected to enjoy later. \r\n
8 years ago, when I used to listen to the Martyre I couldn’t imagine there would come a time when we will\r\nhave the opportunity to see Saturnus live in Greece and moreover that we will get to see them twice!\r\nWith a rather newly released album and the memories of their appearance in the\r\nclub "Ston aera" back in 2005, the band returned in Greece only this time in the center of Athens in club Underworld.\r\nHolding the memory of that first time I saw them live I went to the venue,\r\nquite late so I missed both the support bands.
\r\nWe reached Olympiakos’ F.C. ‘’temple’’(whoever is not a fan of Olympiakos should be open minded while reading this since I am a proud-to-be one. In fact the only one Olympiakos’ fan, among two AEK F.C. fans Lambros and Marina)by the time Hannibal were on stage. It was not the first time I saw Hannibal but to be honest I won’t claim that I watched them carefully since by the time we arrived we found there some good friends so I paid no attention to the band.
How can anyone begin describing a live performance with Heaven shall burn as headliners,Maroon as the second act and a promising band from Belgium Rafflesia.Rafflesia although they are new in the metalcore scene and only two years in action they have accimplished to share th scene with many big names of the hardcore scene as: Arkangel, Heaven Shal
\r\nAmorphis is a very unique case of a band. Combining 70’s heavy rock with atmospheric/gothic elements and death metal certainly makes them completely original, and I was wondering how many people they would attract, once they have the so-called ‘commercial potential’. Although some doubted the success of the gig, the people that showed up at Gagarin205 were quite a lot, between 800 and 900, and that was a relief, because Amorphis is a band with great quality, and they definitely deserve to play in front of big audiences.
\r\nWednesday night is not the best day to plan a gig, so the success of the Forever Slave/Firewind/Kamelot concert was under serious doubt. When reaching Fuzz club though, it became obvious that no matter the day, the place would be packed. In such cases people expect the main act to attract the attention (Kamelot in this case), but it was clear that the Firewind fans were as many as those of Kamelot, if not the majority.
When I heard Dark Fortress for the very first time, I didn’t believe that I would watch them one day in a live appearance in my country and also with a so reasonable price in the ticket (for European standards, because for Greek I do not remember when it was the last time that I gave less than 20 Euros in order to I see a concert with foreign headliners).
There are times the anticipation is so high for a band/artist that everything â€™willingâ€™ to go wrong can easily spoil your nerves system, no string attached. Waiting all these years to see the great US Heavy/Speed/Thrash Metal monsters AGENT STEEL for â€™xâ€™ years and - eventually - listening to a performance of not more than 6(!) songs can give a brief idea of what the mood of most of the crowd was at that time.
\r\nThere are very few times when I left the venue of a show with a feeling of absolute completion. You see if you go to a show with high expectations and the band doesn’t perform up to them the disappointment is so bitter that you don’t want to talk about it at all. Or you can go to the show and something minor such as a delay in the bands performance, or the bad sound spoils the effect and you’re left with the eagerness and the feeling of starvation you had before you even saw the band. \r\n
\r\nAbout 4 years since their last appearance in Greece, "Dark Tranquillity" returned ready to rock us once more! I arrived at the venue where they were performing (Gagarin), the doors opened around 7:30 and the space started filling up with fans. The night though was not uneventful... a bit after 9 o’ clock as the crowd was waiting patiently for "Samael" (co-headliners) to open the show saw instead Dark Tranquillity entering the stage.