Avaton – Αβατον

14 Oct

This is a short note about one of my favorite greek bands, Avaton (gr: Αβατον)
Its very sad to know that there is no information at all about them on the internet.
It is disappointing…
The band was discovered by Manos Hatzidakis, one of the most famous greek musicians, by the late 80s who signed them and released their first album through his label, Seirios, late in the 80s.
AVATON – Hymenaon

Avaton had a unique music style, trying to put in melody the poems of the ancient
greek poet Sapfo and because of that…they were singing in ancient Greek.
Mixing Byzantine music with modern instrumentation, Avaton was becoming on stage a 14 piece band trying to achieve an atmosphere of oriental mystery.

The band released a second album through FM Records (always Greece) during the early 90s.
They performed live in the WOMAD festival in Belgium in 1997 but little was known to the
Greek audience mostly because an other Greek singer, Eleftheria Arvanitaki, (dealing
mostly with bouzouki style music) perfomed at the WOMAD the night before them..

AVATON – Aerion Epeon Arhome (gr: αερίων επέων άρχομαι)

By that time the band was signed to Lyra Records and during the same year
they released a double CD album featuring material mostly from their past albums.

They also worked with the great Egyptian singer Natasha Atlas, known for her works with
Transglobal Underground.
The following vid is realy bad and I don’t like its quality BUT it will give you an idea of their work with this lady.

Natasha Atlas ft. Avaton – Yeranos

They were singing in Greek…but…ancient Greek…and this is propably why the Greeks never heard of them.

A more detailed postcan be found on the blog of Urban Aspirines here.


Posted by on October 14, 2008 in Music


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18 responses to “Avaton – Αβατον

  1. tapesgoneloose

    January 19, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    ABATON are one of my favorite greek bands of all time. I came across them in ’93 by means of a dubbed tape (some people might recall the copyright-infringing practice of selling dubbed tapes in the thessalonikian campus – I found a lot of affordable & great music that way..). I managed to track down the 1st album – never the 2nd! – & also bought the Ex Adokito album when it came out (got it half price because of a slight tear – it’d have been way too expensive to afford otherwise). The same goes for the final cd, which was a rather strong let-down for me though. (Let me also mention that, to the best of my knowledge, Ex Adokito only contains one song that did not appear in the first 2 albume, namely – the justly titled – Aloessa.)

    Somehow, as much as I tried to promote the band to friends, success was null – the language barrier was way too great, & you have to admit that not everyone can stomach their sound (free jazz – can’t describe it ny better). At any rate, I’m ecstatic to have seen them perform with FYROM’s Anastasia in thessaloniki – what a show…

  2. panole8riambos

    January 19, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    I think, that some members of ABATON formed the band Palyria.
    I am almost positive. ALMOST.
    It was very sad that they played at the WOMAD festival in Belgium and nobody wrote anything on the newspapers while the media were focused on Eleftheria Arvanitaki that was playing at the WOMAD they day before ABATON…
    I believe that the fans of Dead Can Dance would love them.
    Thanks for the comment, tapesgoneloose.

  3. ΧΡΥΣΗ

    September 25, 2009 at 11:57 pm


  4. Aliki

    December 29, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    O.K! Good news for Avaton! The group never did a new CD, but recently they dicided to make new copies of the last one. Pan the singer is giving concerts with onether band Ghi & Thalassa, 20/2/2010 they will be in Athens Cabaret Voltaire.
    Visit and also myspace/pan kaperneka

  5. massimo

    September 20, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    Yes a great band indeed, I would say that their music very original, once made me think of Pink Floyd…may be they are …the Greek version of that group??? Very audacious hypothesis…

    Nevertheless one of its member , Panagjotis Kaperneka has continued to play original music and sounds which reminds very strongly of the Avaton period… You may find a recent reference and video, searching Pan Kaperneka , Samothraki (2011) a video in a context festival I suppose…
    He also played with a group called Pallyria….

  6. Kyrborg

    February 20, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    Anastasia (Macedonia) and Avaton (Greece) were the best bands of the world in the 1990. Period.

    Language barrier is totally meaningless. I’m macedonian and don’t always understood even macedonian words of Anastasia, but I

    learned every word in ancient greek of Avaton, just to see what were the lyrics about.

    Anyway, the music of both bands is D-I-V-I-N-E. This music will never be exceed by any western band.
    I was poor student back then and could afford the original CDs of the both band, so the money wasn’t object, too.

    I’m still listening this albums nowadays [Anastasia (Melourgia, Before The Rain and Nocturnal), Avaton (Unforseen As It Was)],

    and they still wake deep emotions, tears, shivers …

    But of course, western will never comprehend the Byzance, and guess that’s the best way to go. They will always have their

    satanic bands like Rolling Stones, Beatles, Elvis, Madonna, Gaga, Maga … etc.

  7. panole8riambos

    February 21, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    Thanks for the comment…

  8. djoche

    March 14, 2012 at 9:24 am

    Can anyone upload “Unforseen As It Was” in lossless format?

  9. Pan Kaperneka

    October 19, 2014 at 10:37 pm

    Thank you all,for the good comments.I play and composed whith the band Palyrria,but i have also my personal projects.One of them is -the Estia project-.for more informations and contacts,

  10. Ivo H

    June 21, 2015 at 9:16 am

    I was attending the Sfinx festival sitting in open air when I heard the first tones of this great unknown band performing in a tent. I ran inside to hear one of the best concerts I ever saw on stage. Pity this was the first and last concert I saw of this great band, I would even consider to go to Greece if they give another concert there. I compare the music somehow to Dead Can Dance, also one of my fav bands. I was able to find 4 albums on CD, “Kosmon” – “Unforeseen as it was” and 2 related “Abaton” (5 tracks EP) and “Ioannis Papadakis X-Avaton”. Thanks you Avaton for this great music!!!

  11. panole8riambos

    June 22, 2015 at 11:57 am

    Thank you for your comment!

  12. Michele Gorro Gorini

    January 29, 2021 at 9:42 am

    Apparently my comment was moderated. The first video is unavailable. Replace it with

    Also, do you have any idea what the lyrics of Αλόεσσα ( are? It’s the only track with lyrics in the Ἐξ ἀδοκήτω album I don’t have lyrics for…

  13. panole8riambos

    January 30, 2021 at 6:44 am

    Thank you very much. Video updated. Regarding the lyrics of Αλόεσσα, he sings two phrases again and again that make no sense to me. Sorry, I can’t help you with it…

  14. Michele

    January 31, 2021 at 5:13 pm

    Any idea how we could possibly contact them to ask them about the missing lyrics?

  15. panole8riambos

    February 1, 2021 at 8:09 am

    No. I am sorry but I don’t know them personaly. Some of their members formed the band Palyria. Searching for the lyrics I found these: Ἆ ὃ ἐτίμαιε, νεπαρίμ νεπαρίμ νεπαρίμ νεπαρίμερα ἆ ὑγειά, Ἆ ὃ ἐτίμαιε ἆ.
    I have no idea what language this is…

  16. Michele

    February 1, 2021 at 9:33 am

  17. panole8riambos

    February 1, 2021 at 5:32 pm

    Yes, maybe, I suppose so… So I made a full circle haha…


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