Monday, July 8, 2019

DEAD CAN DANCE Live in Athens, Greece. (3/7/2019). The setlist and more...

  A few days ago, Dead Can Dance visited Athens for a concert at the Herodus Atticus Odeon, which is situated exactly under the Acropolis of Athens.
It is a majestic ancient theater, which creates a wonderful atmosphere for these kind of events, and as Brendan Perry stated a few months ago, it was a dream of his to play in this theater at some point. 
  Having been a fan of Dead Can Dance since the 80's, it was impossible for me not to go to their gig, despite the fact that I have seen then 3-4 times in the past. So, I bought my ticket on the first day of the pre-sale, and then I was just counting the days. The concert was sold out many weeks before the day of the event, and the place was packed!
  Dead Can Dance came on stage almost on time, and for the next 100 minutes gave a flawless performance, which, further than their songs, it also included 2 cover versions.
They played songs from their long career, and as far as I saw (and read), everybody has only good words to say about their gig.
It was a magical night, which I will remember for many years. I feel lucky for being able to see them once more in this amazing theater!
Here you can take a look at the concert's setlist:
Anywhere Out of the World
Mesmerism
Labour of Love
Avatar
In Power We Entrust the Love Advocated
Bylar
Xavier
The Wind That Shakes the Barley
Sanvean
Indoctrination (A Design for Living)
Yulunga (Spirit Dance)
The Carnival Is Over
The Host of Seraphim
Amnesia
Autumn Sun (Deleyaman cover)
Dance of the Bacchantes
Encore #1
Song to the Siren (Tim Buckley cover)
Cantara
Encore #2
The Promised Womb
Severance




Wednesday, July 3, 2019

GANDALF'S FIST: The Clockwork Prologue (2019). My review..



  A couple of years ago, Gandalf’s Fist surprised everybody with the release of the excellent - but kind of ambitious - The Clockwork Fable. It was a really interesting triple concept album that introduced us to the underground city of Cogtopolis and its bizarre inhabitants. With that album they increased their fame and the band begun to play at various festivals, such as HRH Prog in North Wales for example, where they were the headliners on the 2nd stage.
  This year they returned with The Clockwork Prologue, which works as a prequel, if I got it right. The band now includes two more members in comparison with The Clockwork Fable; Keri Farish on vocals and Ben Bell on keyboards, bass, guitar and vocals.
  Although The Clockwork Prologue is similar with The Clockwork Fable, it is slightly better in my opinion. Not only because it includes all the elements that we enjoyed in the previous album, like for example the theatrical narration parts that work as a “bridge” between the songs, but also because it is shorter, therefore less “chaotic”, and it can be appreciated better and faster.
  There are lots of wonderful melodies throughout the album, strong guitar riffs, beautiful changes, and let’s not forget the really interesting story, on which, both albums have been built.
   At the very beginning of this post, I wrote that with the release of The Clockwork Fable, Gandalf’s Fist surprised everybody. I’m afraid that the element of surprise is not going to work this time, mostly because now people know what to expect. But that doesn’t make the album less enjoyable!
  So, to sum up, The Clockwork Prologue is a great album and without a doubt a very serious piece of work! Definitely one of the best releases of 2019 so far. And as far as I’ve heard, this time it will be available in vinyl edition as well. Good things are happening to good bands…
  Congratulations to Gandalf’s Fist once more, not only for releasing really good albums, but for their hard work and for keeping their quality at very high standards.
Favorite tracks (so far): Solar Huntress, Wanderer, Supplies for the Festivities, The Clokkemaker, Blackening.
                        My Rating: 4.5 stars

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

RELEASE FESTIVAL, ATHENS, GREECE - Day 3: RHAPSODY OF FIRE & MANOWAR. The complete setlists...

  The 3rd day of the Release Festival in Athens was a pure Metal one!
The line up included the Greek band Battleroar, the Norwegian band Imperia, Rhapsody of Fire from Italy, and Manowar from The United States as Headliners.
A very big crowd gathered that day, mostly for Manowar, and not so much for the other bands.
  Despite the not so good sound, Rhapsody of Fire played very good, but when Manowar climbed on the stage, there was a sound explosion that lasted for almost 100 minutes. The only complain that everybody had was that Manowar's setlist was not including not even one song from their legendary album Into Glory Ride. Further than that, Manowar's performance was powerful and excellent. (Let's not forget that their 2 basic members are almost 65
years old).
Here you can check the setlists of Rhapsody of Fire and Manowar:
RHAPSODY OF FIRE: 
Distant Sky
The Legend Goes On
Dargor, Shadowlord Of The Black Mountain
Courage To Forgive
March Against The Tyrant
Rain Of Fury
Dawn Of Victory
Holy Thunderforce
Master Of Peace
Emerald Sword


MANOWAR:

Manowar
Warriors
Οf Τhe World United 
Blood Οf My Enemies 
Brothers Οf Metal Pt.1
Call
Τo Arms
Hand
Οf Doom
Sons
Οf Odin
Hector's Final Hour
Swords
Ιn Τhe Wind
Battle Hymn
Thor (The Powerhead)
Kings Of Metal
Bass Solo
Fighting The World
Hail And Kill
The Power Of Thy Sword
King Of Kings
House Of Death
Joey's Speech
Encore:
Black Wind, Fire and Steel


                                                                                              





Tuesday, June 18, 2019

RELEASE FESTIVAL, ATHENS, GREECE - Day 2: IGGY POP & JAMES. The complete setlists.

  The Athenian Release Festival took place at a beautiful place near the sea, like last year, if I
remember well.
  The second day of the festival included the names of The Dark Rags, The Noise Figures, Shame, James and Iggy Pop as the headliner.
A big crowd was gathered as expected, mostly to watch James (who are very popular in Greece), and of course Iggy Pop.
Here you can take a look at the setlists of James and Iggy Pop..
JAMES:
Come Home
Ring The Bells
Nothing But Love
What’s It All About
Leviathan
Five-O
Interrogation
Sound
Johnny Yen
Picture of This Place
Heads
Laid
Attention
Many Faces
Getting Away With It (All Messed Up)
Sometimes
Encore:
Sit Down

IGGY POP:
I Wanna Be Your Dog
Gimme Danger
The Passenger
Lust for Life
Skull Ring
I'm Sick of You
Some Weird Sin
Repo Man
Search and Destroy
T.V. Eye
Mass Production
The Jean Genie (David Bowie cover)
1969
No Fun
Down on the Street
Real Cool Time
Nightclubbing
Sixteen
Five Foot One
Real Wild Child (Wild One) 
Encore:
Red Right Hand (Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds cover)



Wednesday, April 10, 2019

MADRUGADA Live in Athens, Greece (7-8/4/2019). The complete setlist.

  A few days ago, the Norwegian band Madrugada gave 3 live gigs in Greece. One in Thessaloniki
and 2 in Athens.
  Madrugada are extremely popular here, that's why the tickets pre-sale was so high that not only they had to change the venues a couple of times, but they also added one more day in Athens. So, the two live gigs became three (in total).
As far as I know, more than 30.000 people attended these three concerts, which is a rather big number.
  This year, Madrugada were celebrating the 20 years since the release of their debut album Industrial Silence, and for that reason the first part of their gig was dedicated to that album. Right after that, during the 2nd part, they played songs from their other albums.
 Sivert Hoyem's voice was amazing once more, and the band's performance was excellent!
  If you learn that Madrugada are playing somewhere near you, try not to miss them!
Here's the concert's setlist, followed by a couple of videos:

1st Part
Vocal
Belladonna
Higher
Sirens
Shine
This Old House
Strange Colour Blue                        
Salt
Norwegian Hammerworks Corp.
Beautyproof
Quite Emotional
Terraplane
Electric
2nd Part
Black Mambo
Hands Up - I Love You
Only When You're Gone
Honey Bee
What's on Your Mind?
Majesty
The Kids Are on High Street
Valley of Deception

Check the videos: