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Rhombus & The Last Cry – Live in Athens @ Death Disco (08.05.2015)

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(by Fondas SumerSon)

When the Ashes from Azrael team announced the coming of Rhombus in Greece 2 years ago, everybody thought it was a great chance to see on stage a band that was in the front line of European goth rock!

Although I like to travel abroad to attend goth gigs & festivals, I never had the chance see Rhombus on stage anywhere… until then…. That gig was a great success and left me asking for more. Who would have thought that I would get to see my second Rhombus gig, here in Athens again!

Indeed, Rhombus were booked to play a gig in Athens for a second time, along with The Last Cry (another outstanding band from the UK), probably the most popular wave/goth act in the underground UK goth scene. A band that has giged all over Europe and has even played in US. In just a few words, the perfect UK goth duo!

Rhombus are in love with Greece and the Greek audience since their first concert here. They honoured us by making Greek merch items through the years. They even named one of their latest songs after the Greek beer “Mythos”, which is quite popular with the band (ask Rob or Ed ). Last but not least, they decided that the official release of their brand new ep, would take place at their gig at death disco, here in Athens!

So the long awaited day arrived and local fans plus a team of old-school British Goths that travelled to Athens for the show, were ready for a gig that would probably be one of the best of the current year.
Since it was a co-headlining gig, both bands would play for about an hour.

The band that started the fire was The Last Cry. I had seen these guys once before, in a festival abroad, so I knew what to expect. High class wave/goth tunes, performed vividly by a charismatic vocalist, the outstanding Andrew Birch, along with Tim (guitars) and Chris (bass), who gave their best on stage. Their songs are full of power and melody. You can definitely find the best of 80’s new wave and UK goth rock in their tunes. This is a band not to be missed by anyone who is into dark alternative music. Everyone who attended their show was impressed and visited their merch stand, right after their amazing performance. Since it was their first ever show in Greece, they tried to include a little bit of everything in their playlist. As a result, we listened to songs from their debut album, as long as songs from the brilliant “Living in Grey” album and of course their singles, like the excellent “This Future has no Face” for instance, which is one of their best tunes.

The highlight of their gig according to my opinion was when they played my favourite tune (“nowhere”) from their debut album, which they kindly dedicated to me!! Totally addicted to this song for years!

Their setlist:

Devastate
Falling Away
Truth and Lies
Song About
Punishment
This Future has no Face
Life of Lies
No Resistance
Nowhere
To Dream Next to You
Living in Grey
Cross of Hope
Walking to the Edge

A small break and my beloved Rhombus were ready to guide us into their unique Trad goth world. I can’t be objective when I am writing or talking about this band, since I am very devoted to their work and I guess that I am one of the few non British fans who has been following them from their early days…. (and YES their debut “Rat City” is a great album!!)

The guys started around 23:30. Rob came on stage first holding a Greek flag and then, one by one, the rest of the band followed. After the “King of Rome” intro, their goth storm hit us for good, with “One Day More” being the opening track!

Since they had a new ep out, they performed a couple of songs from it, all of which blew my mind away! To be honest, I didn’t expect anything less from these guys. Special mention must be made to “A Moment Today” which is one of the best songs they have ever composed, if you ask me.

The band played a hell of a show! Rob being highly energetic on stage with his guitar, made us dance and follow his tunes. Mya, great as always, gave a special touch to the songs with her beautiful “siren” vocals. Ed is an amazing singer with a unique voice, taking the songs to a higher level and last but not least Andy, the newcomer, who was playing the guitar just like he was a part of the band all along. He fits just perfect.
I couldn’t forget to mention the moment when Andrew Birch joined them on stage and “helped” Mya on the chorus of “What you Wanted”… A memorable moment, no doubt about it!

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The band played songs from almost every release of theirs and they left everybody totally satisfied in every aspect. I wish they could play a bit longer, but there was a tight time schedule. I need not say much more, just that when the gig ended, I had a big smile on my face for a long time!
Their setlist:

King of Rome (intro)
One Day More
Turn Around
Mythos
Remembrance Day
Lightning Strikes Twice
Lifeline
A Moment Today
Amaranthine
Shimmer
Here Be Dragons
Anywhere
What You Wanted
Into the Rain
Open the Sky
Timeless & Elegant

After the gig an outstanding after show party took place at death disco with excellent music selections from Kostas, George, Maria and the guest dj of the evening, the well known Martin Oldgoth who came to dj just for this event and made us dance like hell with his marvellous selections.
Both bands stayed at the party and talked with their fans, signed autographs, danced and left the club at dawn, like we all did.

As I mentioned before, Rhombus have strong relations with their Greek fans. That’s why, the very next day, they arranged a special acoustic secret show at GhosTown bar with no fee. They wanted to give us something more… They wanted the party to continue… And they are the perfect guys to MAKE A BETTER PARTY!

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Saturday night then…. GhostTown was our meeting point this time. Even if they announced this “secret show” after last night’s gig and there was no time for promoting, people didn’t miss the opportunity to be there and see them on stage again. The Last Cry were there as well and Andrew joined them on stage once more, for the chorus of the acoustic version of “What you Wanted”.

The guys were communicating with the audience and they kept asking for song suggestions from the crowd. Ed was teasing us as usually and we were teasing him back and generally there was a “party mood” on!
I am really glad that I was the first one to request a song and “Love you till Closing Time” came up next! One of my personal favourites.

One of the things that made me very happy was the fact that they stayed on stage for over one hour and a half. They managed to play many songs that were not included in last night’s play list, like “Shove it up Sideways”, “Denied” or “4472”. These were songs that the band hadn’t played for a long time, like the title track of their debut album “Rat City” for instance.

After the end of the show, none left the bar even if some of the bands had an early morning flight. They got drunk with us and chatted a lot with almost every person attending.

Last but not least, I would like to congratulate Maria for all her effort in organizing a gig like this and for doing everything to make us spend an unforgettable weekend with 2 bands that are so unique in what they are doing!

Hope to see you all soon somewhere!
Photos by Marilia Fotopoulou

 
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Posted by on May 18, 2015 in Goth, etc.

 

World Goth Day 2015

It’s back… and truly hard to believe a whole year has passed by since last year’s mind-blowing event!

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World Goth Day is just around the corner, this year falling on a highly-appropriate Friday.  So grab your boots, don your bestest black, and head on out on the 22nd of May as the Goth Community celebrates the globe over.  Events are being planned both near and far … and to kick off the celebrations we bring you a new interview with DJ Cruel Britannia at Gothic Beauty Magazine (Click for Interview).

Created by DJ Cruel Britannia and Martin Oldgoth, World Goth Day has exploded from a UK event into a truly magical occasion with gatherings as far away as South Africa, South Korea, Australia, North and South America, as well as a good portion of Europe.  This year there are sales and discounts being offered on several websites, too.

For all the details, please visit WorldGothDay.com and check back often.  The next few days will explode with loads of cool stuff to rev you up.

Are you ready to get your goth on?? :)

Quick Link:  Read past tribe4mian postings on World Goth Day, HERE.

 
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Posted by on May 14, 2015 in Goth, Music

 

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New Zero God – Live in Italy – A Diary

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The time we had in Italy was great. The whole trip was an experience, thanks to Grotesque, Ekidna, and Ascension Magazine

Friday morning we left Athens around 12:00 to drive to the port of Patras.

After seeing a few weird signs on the highway, indicating that “Deadly accidents can happen in the next 2 kilometers” we reached the port of Patras.

11169876_10203860714500826_9025260053489249371_nThe ship sailed around 17:00 while Mike and Aki had a couple of beers to celebrate the departure.

To be honest, the beers were kinda expensive but an idea was thrown on the table to get some whiskey just for the kick of it…

The sea was very calm and there were dozens of Italian and French school kids on board returning from their vacations (?) along with their teachers.

Jabbar was watching movies on his laptop while Harri challenged his luck by spinning the wheel at the casino of the ship.

Arriving at the port of Ancona at 14:30 local time, New Zero God found rainy weather.

The band needed to be at Ekidna by 19:30 for the sound check and, to be honest, the GPS that our friend, Tasos, gave us, saved the day.

307 kilometers from Ancona to Modena.

Through fog and rain, driving is always difficult but it gets even more difficult when the driver asks “where is the next turn” and three people come up with three different directions.

11188367_10203860713740807_6494727664609837027_nBack then it was irritating but now that everything is over, I find it funny…

35 kilometers to destination” the lady from the GPS said. “In 40 meters turn right”… “you are off the road – calculating new route…
In 200 meters take a right turn… you are off the road – calculating new route…” FUCK YOU LADYYYY Akis shouted at the GPS…

Nico from Grotesque called on the mobile “we are waiting for you at Ekidna…

Yes, we are almost there” – more rain and lightning – (“In 150 meters turn right”… “you are off the road – calculating new route…”)
It was so funny…

Finally,we were at the hotel at 20:00 and Nico, along with Emanuele Bacchelli (the bass player of Dead Inside), picked us up.

Ekidna is placed in the woods and I think it was build in the early 20th century.

While the rain kept falling (it is the New Zero God luck – our Greek friends are well aware that every time we play it is raining…) everyone helped us carry our stuff inside and we rushed to introduce ourselves to the good people of Dead Inside, Ekidna, Nico, the sound engineer… and finally the soundcheck…

We had a wonderful dinner all together in the basement of Ekidna, making jokes and exchanging information about common friends in the goth scene and politics…

We were so flattered that Dead Inside took their name from one of our songs.

11187336_1445061649120425_6252062208154852559_oGianfranco is a wonderful person, and along with Nico (who cooked for us Ham and Cheese rolled Rosetti and a cherry pie – that never saw again the light of day), had everything in order.

The hospitality of the Ekidna people was great and everyone was very friendly.

People came from Milan, Pisa, and Florence and among them were old friends that I haven’t met for years, such as Ilaria and Paolo, as well as Vanni, who we are often speaking with on Facebook but have never met in person.

Dead Inside are a great band who will soon record their material and you should keep an eye on them.

During the 80’s, Josef and Gianfranco were members of the band Thanatos and had opened for Trev Bamford’s band, Every New Dead Ghost.  They also did a Killing Joke cover.

Despite being tired, the atmosphere was great and we enjoyed it very much.

A party followed with Gianfranco, DJ Kyra and Ave Imago on the decks.

11111038_947642691947524_5037165547287495566_nWhile Ilaria and Paolo left cause it was very late (they were 200 kilometers away from home), me and Vanni rocked the house. (He had a room at a hotel nearby so he wouldn’t drive back…)

People were dancing and drinking and we took about 1 million photos…

I realized that the Italians are playing a lot of local bands from the 80’s just like the Greeks do with the Greek bands of the 80’s. Would be great if all these bands had that following back in those days huh?

A guy from Ekidna was kind enough to take us back to our hotel around 5 in the morning.

We felt awful that we didn’t have the time to at least have a coffee with Gianfranco and Nico… Unfortunately we had to be back in Ancona to board the ship at 17:30

We woke up at 10 in the morning with our heads ready to explode.

Of course it was a sunny day… the New Zero God gig was over and the weather could be in place again…

The hotel manager was instructed to take us to the main road of Modena in order to find the autostrada. To be honest, we used the GPS for a while just for a laugh (“you are off the road – calculating new route…”). Akis told the GPS lady to fuck off and we reached Ancona around 16:30

Different school kids on the ship, calm sea, no whiskey this time. No booze in general…

If you happen to be on board and you want to have some serious drinking, the cost of a glass of whiskey is 6.50 euros at the bar while you can buy a whole bottle from the market of the ship (at deck 10) for 22 euros.

We should make this an annual event. We would happily go back. We met fantastic people and spent quality time.

Thank you all! Hope to see you again soon…

 
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Posted by on May 12, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

New Zero God live in Italy! Opening act: Dead Inside

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The Greek Gothic band New Zero God will play live in Italy this coming Saturday, 18 April.

For those of you that would like to catch them performing live on stage, you can find the details of Ekidna on the poster above.

Dead Inside, the opening act is an Italian band formed by former members of the band Thanatos and took their name from a New Zero God song.

The doors open at 23:00

A Dark Wave, Post Punk, Gothic party will follow with:

  • DJ GIANFRANCO (Grotesque)
  • DJ AVE IMAGO (Dark Delight)

+ SPECIAL GUEST: DJ KYRA!

Facebook event HERE

New Zero God on Facebook HERE

Dead Inside on Facebook HERE

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Posted by on April 15, 2015 in Goth

 

The Shallow Graves – Promo teaser 2015

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(by Fondas SumerSon)

Almost 2 years after the release of their debut album, The Shallow Graves return with a 3 track promo teaser, including songs from their new album to be released within 2015, hopefully.

Julian Aust is involved in Goth Rock music for over 10 years and I really believe that, having absorbed his Sisters of Mercy influences, is now ready to produce tunes that are powerful, catchy and quite personal in style.

In these 3 new tracks I find that The Shallow Graves have reduced the use of electronic elements and have adopted a more rock-ish and guitar oriented approach. It really took them while to come up with new songs, but I have the feeling that it was absolutely worth the wait. Let’s have a look at each of the three songs this teaser has to offer:

Light Blinds

Top dance-floor tune with a bass line that really stands out, while the guitar riffs lead the listener to days long gone. Old school Goth Rock at its best.

https://soundcloud.com/the-shallow-graves/light-blinds

Dirt and Dust

A slow tempo song. One of the darkest tunes the band has ever composed. The cold-haunting drum machine easily creates a pessimistic mood. If you are thrilled by tunes like “Afterhours” or “Some kind of Stranger‘”, you are going to love this one! Perfect for one’s darkest hour.

Drawn Blades and Such

Another goth rock diamond. Great rhythm section with a brilliant refrain and I shouldn’t forget to mention the excellent lyrics.

Well that’s it for now from these brilliant goth rockers from Kassel. Judging from this promo-teaser, their new album will be one of the finest releases of the year.

 
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Posted by on April 9, 2015 in Goth, etc.

 

Rob Coffinshaker – Live in Athens-Greece @ GhosΤown (06-07. 03. 2015)

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(By Fondas SumerSon)

When I heard that Ashes from Azrael had booked Mr. Rob Coffinshaker for two live shows in Athens , I was quite surprised in any aspect! Rob is one of the few non-goth artists that I really love, as well as his full band, The Coffinshakers. He is combining many different elements in his sound, from dark Americana to Horror Rock and from Gothabilly to Country… but all these under a GOTH veil!
By the way, Rob is a multi talented musician and also participates in a Swedish Thrash metal cult band called Gehennah.

Day I

So, the long awaited Friday night came and all the Greek creatures of the night gathered at GhosTown bar. Around 23:00 o’clock REMI opened the gig, playing a similar style to Rob’s tunes, I would say. He gained the audience playing his own songs and of course some really good covers of classics like “Jolene”, “Hurt” and “Personal Jesus “.He has a really strong and touching voice. I guess he gained a lot of new fans that night. Great performance… No doubt about it!

At the stroke of midnight hour, Mr. Rob Coffinshaker opened his guitar casket and started the haunting… He stayed on stage for about an hour or a little more and performed many of his tunes (In the Pines, Dark and Rolling Skies, Darkness fell quickly) including some Coffinshakers’ classics (No rest for the wicked, Black Sunday, Last night down the grave) and of course many covers including Johnny Cash‘s “13”, Misfits‘ “Skulls”, Neil Diamond‘s “Solitary Man” and many more, without forgetting to play “Ghost Riders in the Sky” which thrilled everyone!
He hadn’t prepared a set list… He communicated with the audience and asked for requests and suggestions on the set list, something that made the gig more vivid I would say!
After the gig, he stayed at the bar and discussed with the fans, took plenty of pics with them, signed cds…. and of course he drunk with us at the after show party! A really down to earth guy!

Day II

Saturday night and GhosTown was the meeting point of all the dark souls of Athens once again. Kostas Pantelios from The Thriller was the opening act for this night. Rockabilly tunes performed in an acoustic way… Interesting!

This time Rob came on stage a few moments before midnight. Along with some great tunes that he had also played the night before (In the pines, Dark and rolling skies, etc), he performed different songs like “Henry Green” and “A night before”. He also played 2 new, unreleased songs from his upcoming full length album. Especially “darkness fell quickly” is an outstanding tune!

This time he tried to play some different covers from last night’s gig, like Ramones‘ “poison heart”, or Lefty Frizzell‘s “Long black veil” among others… Some classic tunes from The Coffinshakers were present once again (No rest for the wicked, Black Sunday, Last night down the grave, etc), but this time after many people’s requests from last night, he performed “Walpugris Night” although he hadn’t played it for a long time. What a great show indeed!

I would like to congratulate Ashes from Azrael for taking the risk to organise such a concert in Athens! It was one really unique experience for all who attended and we will remember these gigs for a long time…… I do hope sometime Rob plays here again, until then….. Evil Never Sleeps!

 
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Posted by on March 18, 2015 in Music

 

For The Bats Vol. 1 & 2

FOR THE BATS – Volume 2 has just gone on sale online (3.03.15). The dark music community in the USA is pulling together to help raise money for bat rescue, rehabilitation, and conservation. Tolga Bat Hospital, Australia, is the benefactor of this second album.

Tolga Bat Hospital works for the conservation of bats and their habitat.
2• the rescue, rehabilitation and release of hundreds of bats each year
• the provision of lifetime sanctuary for many bats that are too injured to return to the wild or have been retired from zoos
• education about bats through schools and the onsite Visitor Centre
• habitat restoration work at 2 colonies, Tolga Scrub and Lakeside
• facilitating research into bats
• advocating for bats
• providing a rich volunteering experience at the hospital

They are a not-for-profit community group, a Landcare group and a registered charity that aims to improve the public’s perception and understanding of bats. The group takes its name from the nearby Tolga Scrub, a fragment of critically endangered Mabi rainforest that is home to up to a million fruit bats at some times of the year.

The 25 bands got together for the compilation FOR THE BATS VOL. 2 are the following:

Tenderlash, In Isolation, Peeling Grey, New Zero God, The Danse Society, The Daughters of Bristol, Vidi Aquam, Sounds Like Winter, Pretentious, Moi?, (((S))), Dance Naked, Cliff and Ivy, Hyena Motorcade, My Pierrot Dolls, The Spiritual Bat, Delphine Coma, L’ordre d’Héloïse, Exit, Koma Koma, Kommunity FK, KALT, Emerson Dracon, Remain In Light, Black Roses, Poetry & Death, Her Vanished Grace.

If you haven’t picked up FOR THE BATS VOL. I benefitting Bat World Sanctuary you can do so now!

In a world where so many look away, Bat World Sanctuary is on the front line to end the abuse and destruction of bats. They are recognized as the world’s leader in bat care standards and rehabilitation treatments.

1Each year they rescue hundreds of bats who might otherwise die. Lifetime sanctuary is given to non-releasable bats, including those that are orphaned, injured, confiscated from the illegal pet trade and retired from zoos and research facilities. Bat World Sanctuary was founded in 1994 and is a 501c3 non-profit, volunteer based organization. Donations allow them to continue their rescue efforts for bats. You can help them save bats by educating others about their plight, and by donating to Bat World Sanctuary. Click here to read their mission. Please join them on Facebook and You Tube.

The 25 bands and artists that donated their songs for the compilation FOR THE BATS VOL. 1 are the following ones:

Tenderlash, Contre Jour, Monica Richards, Cliff and Ivy, Feeding Fingers, Scarlet and The Spooky Spiders, The March Violets, Former Humans, The Last Dance, Escarlatina Obsessiva, The Cemetery Girlz, Christ Vs. Warhol, Double Echo, Yabanci, The Silence Kit, Estetica Noir, Steve Morell & The Science of Doubt, The Secret Post, Ewian, ACTORS, Other Voices, The Guests, Exit, Temple of Venus, The Death of Analog.

You can download for $9 each of the above mentioned compilations. If you love bats, please consider changing your purchase price to $15 or $20 or more. Your download includes a 24 page .pdf booklet that contains bat related art, information about each of the songs and artists, and some information about the charity.

 
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Posted by on March 17, 2015 in Goth

 
 
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