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Compilation nr. 2

19 Nov

Fragmenta IV

Fragmenta IV

What we have here, is the vinyl compilation album that was released by the fanzine “Stis Skies tou B-23” (engl. In the shadows of B-23 gr. Στις Σκιές Του Β-23). fanzine. The Greek fanzines used to release compilations in the early 90s, that accompanied their issues.
This fanzine released three 7” EPs and two LPs.
“Fragmenta IV” was their last one, came out in 1992 and featured some bands that would later have lots of releases.
The tracklist:
Side a
Love In Sadness- Promised Land
Three Miles Away- Sometimes
Outland- Still
Groove Machine- Richard Brautigan
Raw – A Strange Traveller
Side b
Λώλαμα- Αίνιγμα
Illusion Fades- When I Was
Χαμένα Ιδανικά- Πυρηνικό Κατάλοιπο
Κοινωνικά Απόβλητα- Τριλογία
Αρνητική Στάση- Λόγια Σοφίας
Black House’s- Psycho War
Love In Sadness were formed in 1989 in Athens. “Promised Land” was the first song they ever released .
A year later they released their debut album, using Greek lyrics, that was titled “Aples Istories” (engl. Simple Stories gr. “Απλές Ιστορίες”) and in 1994 they appeared in the BAM International Festival in Barcelona.
The band signed a contract with the Greek indie label Warehouse Records to release the EP “Piso Ap ton Ilio” (engl. Behind the Sun gr. Πίσω απ’ τον Ήλιο) in 1996.
Warehouse Records released also the album “To Deftero Amartima” (engl. The second sin gr. Το Δεύτερο Αμάρτημα) a year later.
Their last album was released in 2000 and was titled “Katastasi Anagkis” (engl. State of Emergency gr. Κατάσταση Ανάγκης).
Most of the band members formed the band D-Volume in 2007 and already released an album.
Three Miles Away, were a dark band that released only this song.
The same goes for Outland too but what is not known is that, Outland were the musical vehicle of Irene Simeonidou’s, co-owner of the live club “Rock Palais”.
“Rock Palais” was one of the most important places for the Greek bands in the late 80s-early 90s.
Aris Psychas (ex member of the Drops) is playing the rhythm guitar on this track.
Simeonidou recently formed the band Terra Libera situated at Syros island.
Irene Simeonidou - Terra Libera

Irene Simeonidou - Terra Libera

Groove Machine were formed by Antonis Vlachos (later with the band  Drog A Tek) and Giannis Raouzeos (owner of Rubber records).
This duo never released a full length album but they took part in several Greek compilations till 1999.
Raw were dealing mostly with experimental electronic sounds. The three members Giannis Papaioannou, Makis Faros and Coti K. joined a lot of bands during their musical careers.
You can read about Coti K. and Makis Faros in past articles.
Papaioannou founded a record label called Elfish Records.
Lolama were based in Thessaloniki. They were formed in 1989 and released an EP titled “O Vomos Tis Monaxias” (engl. The Altar of Lonelyness gr. Ο Βωμος της Μοναξιάς) in 1993.
The band released a lot of demos and tapes till 2001.
The Illusion Fades were formed in 1990 and this was their first release before their debut single “Valentine”. They are still active and have released 5 full length albums (more about them in future article).
Hamena Idanika (engl. Lost Ideals gr. Χαμένα Ιδανικά) released only this song.
Retous Metamodernus

Retous Metamodernus

The four piece band Kinonika Apovlita (engl. Social Waste gr.Κοινωνικά Απόβλητα) were actually the band of Yiannis Kolovos, co-editor of “Stis Skies Tou B-23” fanzine.
They already had a 7” split EP released in 1989 titled “Retous Metamodernus”.
They were on the a side while Eitilop Pots were on the b side.

Arnitiki Stasi also shared a release with Kismet H.C. titled “Love Is Our Strongest Weapon”, in 1990, two years before the release of “Fragmenta VI”. Nothing else released later.
Regarding Black House’s I have a problem.
I am almost sure that they released an album during the 90s.
In case somebody wants to let me know, I would be much obliged.
Fragmenta IVb

Fragmenta IVb

It is easy to understand that these compilations helped some of the bands to reach a new audience.
Some bands continued releasing albums and singles and some were left with participations to compilations like this one.
There wasn’t any major or indie record label out there willing to release their stuff, so the fanzines took over.
To some bands that was a good start.
To some others, that was it.
 
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7 responses to “Compilation nr. 2

  1. panagiotis

    November 23, 2008 at 10:05 pm

    D-Volume is an excellent band! I’m searching the cd-stores but so far I have not found their album. Anyway, now I’m checking Terra Libera’s myspace and there are some cool tunes there.

    PS: any chance of finding the compilation? Fragmenta 4 and 3 are the ones that i have not listened yet.

     
  2. tapesgoneloose

    November 25, 2008 at 2:36 pm

    Excellent. Let me correct you, only, re: Groove Machine, who did release a studio album (here: http://vertigo73.blogspot.com/2007/06/groove-machine-destroy-presence-of-this.html ). Koinonika Apovlita also released a legendary 12″ w/ Anti, too, naturally. & yes, Black House did have an album in the ’90s. I never bought it, but I recall that the cover was drawn in B&W, w/ some scary character looming over a house or something like that. Hope this helps somewhat🙂.

     
  3. panole8riambos

    November 25, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    Thank you very much.
    Any correction is welcome.
    I remember the Black House album too but I wasn’t sure…(I don’t have it…)
    Thank you once again.

     
  4. pilali

    October 18, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    perfect

     
  5. Agelos

    December 17, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    Blackhouse was a hardcore band from peristeri athens.
    they published their lp in wipe out records in 1994 under the same name [the blackhouse]
    http://www.wipeout.gr/catalog8_gr.html

    they have great songs in it. hopefully someone uploads their lp. i have it but cant rip it into mp3😦

     
  6. micheal

    January 18, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    just to let you know, groove machine released 2 albums in 1993 and 1997

     
  7. panole8riambos

    January 19, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    Thank you🙂

     

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