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Compilation nr. 4

Filled Me With Fantastic Terrors

Filled Me With Fantastic Terrors

Here is a compilation release that was featuring both Greek and foreign artists.
The vinyl album “Filled Me With Fantastic Terrors – The Dark Side Of Electronica 3” was released in 500 copies
during 2002 by CAPP records. Now, for those who have no idea, CAPP records is a label releasing mostly experimental electronic music but
has also released albums by the bands Ding An Sich (gothic rock) Morticians (ebm) Slow Motion (medieval) Alfa P. (ex
member of Stereo Nova – check previous posting) and others.
The label has a very impressive catalogue of about 80 releases but one can clearly understand that the interest
of the label owners is focused on the releases of the artists: Viridian Grin, Dark Runner and Glaufx.
This is not a coincidence.
The owners of the label are focused on these artists because these artists are all one: Stefanos Koukoulomatis.
Who is none other but the label owner.

Koukoulomatis appears on “Filled Me With Fantastic Terrors – The Dark Side Of Electronica 3” with all three different
projects either as a musician or as a remixer.

The tracklist of the album:

Side A:
01 Intro
02 Viridian Grin – I Speak Not Thy Name (poem by lord Byron)
03 Transmitted Terrorpulse – Foretoken (remixed by Glaufx)
04 Nexus – Born In Razors (remixed by Dark Runner)
05 Dark Runner – Your Hate Or Your Love Is Snowflakes In My Heart (poem by E.M.Fadul)
06 Stefania Dimmen – Eternal Light (remixed by Alpha P.)

Side B:
07 Aesma Daeva – Darkness
08 My Magic Armchair – Doubts (remastered by Glaufx)
09 Morticians – Goodbye (remastered by Glaufx)
10 Glaufx – Love And Faith (Dark Runner mix)
11 Albatross – Idiosyncrasy
12 Dodo Bird – Sadglad

The compilation deals with synthpop, EBM and industrial music styles.
Transmitted Terrorpulse, on the first side, were from the island of Crete and this was their only release.
They changed their name later to PreEmptive Strike to release the album “Lethal Defence Systems” in 2006 through
the German label Infacted Recordings and the album “Extinction Reprogrammed” for the american label COP International
during 2008.
Aesma Daeva formed out of the early collaboration of Nick Copernicus (production) and John Prassas (guitars, composition)
in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, circa 1998. They worked together on a remix of an original work, “Darkness“, for COP International
compilation disc Diva-X-Machina II.
Its the opening track of side B.
Aesma Daeva – Ancient Verses

Nexus appear here with “Born In Razors” a track from their album “Wrapped In Cellophane” that here is remixed by Dark Runner
in a haunted industrial version (check previous post about Nexus).
Morticians were Swedish and they released their album “Private Void” through CAPP records.
Youtube holds a video of their song “Goodbye” on a David Lynch Fan Video.
The Morticians – Goodbye

They would also release the double CD album “Mutilation Recreation” in 2005.

Ome more swedish band participates in the compilation, My Magic Armchair with their song “Doubts” (remastered by Glaufx).
As far as I know they haven’t got any full length album releases so far.

A mystery covers the project Albatross for which I know nothing about.

Dodo Bird is a one man band, that comes from Tel-Aviv and is very influenced by Syd Barrett.

You can download his four albums for free from his home page.

Stefania Dimmen that closes the first side with her track Eternal Light (remixed by Alpha P.) has only this official release.

back sleeve

back sleeve

By the name Viridian Green one can find several releases like the album ΗΩ or participations in compilations.
By the name Viridian Grin you can find the album “I Had A Dream Which Was Not All A Dream” on CAPP records 2001 as well
as this song here, on this compilation.
Now, things could confuse you a lot here when it comes to Glaufx Garland which is the same person and released in 1999
the album “The 7 Gates Of Punishment – 1st Gate – There Is No Love“.
And we come to the industrial project Dark Runner (which is the same person again) and released the albums “Unknown Master Save Us They Are Evil” (CAPP 2000)
Gently Sin” (CAPP-2002) and “Awaken All Myths” for Pandaimonium Records in 2003.

“Filled Me With Fantastic Terrors – The Dark Side Of Electronica 3” might be a compilation album released a few years ago but
it is little known and hard to find.

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Posted by on December 29, 2008 in Compilations

 

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It’s back !!!

December 2008 issue 337

December 2008 issue 337

It is Issue nr 337 – December 2008.

Well, it might not mean much to a foreigner but it meant a lot for the Greek post-junda generations.

The first “Pop & Rock” magazine was released in March 1978 with Jimi Hendrix on the front cover.  For almost 25 years, it kept covering international pop and rock events, as well as some events of the Greek rock scene.

january 1979 issue 11

january 1979 issue 11

The name of chief of staff was insuring the Greek rock audience about the good quality of this mag since everybody respected (and still respects) him.  His name is Giannis Petridis and for more than 30 years he has been the top Greek radio DJ.  His famous radio shows, “Pop Club” and “Rock Club”, informs young people about new releases, gigs, movies and stuff like that.  This radio show is still on-the-air every weekday from four to five in the afternoon.

Since Greek audiences were thirsty for information about the international rock scene, the circulation of “Pop & Rock” reached 60.000 at one point.  Apart from some translations from magazines, such as “Rolling Stone”, the people of the mag
moved on to interview rock stars on their own and developed some very, very close relationships to the major record labels of Greece.

February 1979 issue 12

February 1979 issue 12

Giannis Petridis began as Managing Director on Polygram-Greece and when Virgin opened a Greek branch he became Managing Director of Virgin-Greece.

Many “Pop & Rock” contributors were working for major record labels which made me suspicious after awhile.  Soon, I lost my trust in “Pop & Rock” and considered it mostly as a direct advertisement of major labels’ releases and less as a publication of music lovers.  Apart from that, many fine music critics spread their ink on the “Pop & Rock” pages.  In some way it served its cause by giving the chance for young Greeks to know major, as well as underground artists too.

March 1979 issue 13

March 1979 issue 13

One of the most interesting sections of the mag was filled with letters from readers who made suggestions, complaints, or were attacking each other, which brought a few hours of fun to the rest of the viewers.  When it first came out there were critics (I will never forget Pete Konstanteas’s reviews) attacking punk rock releases (mainly because they were stuck in their prog-rock music tastes) which resulted in the lowest possible ratings.

There were also other great contributors, such as Giannis Malathronas, who was very open-minded and backed the new wave bands as much as he could.

Manos Bouras, another one, opened up to the audience the magic world of 4AD and gave us the chance to see Vaughan Oliver’s works.

September 1979 issue 19

September 1979 issue 19

To make a long story short, “Pop & Rock” was very useful when there wasn’t any internet involved (skipping the involvement of the major labels).  As the indiependent press started flourishing, it started losing its audience.  People became more curious with indie bands. Underground stuff.

The Greek fanzines took that part of the cake, and since “Pop & Rock” was stuck to the major labels and their advertisements, it couldn’t change drastically. (A trap that soon would be followed by the fanzines as well).

November 1979 issue 21

November 1979 issue 21

Giannis Petridis had passed his position on to other people and the publishing company tried to sell issues (without any luck) by changing the staff every six months or so.  In the 90’s, they experimented with some Greek music too but everything was lost.  Sometime during 2005 or 2006 “Pop & Rock” suddenly disappeared from the face of the earth … exactly
like the dinosaurs did.

The staff did try all possible means that one could think of.

During all those years we experienced the release of at least four vinyl albums (I remember three vinyl compilations and the “Sisters feelings Call” by the Simple Minds).  They released CD compilations during the last years too…

The Publication Company also changed during the last years…

Special Edition - new year 1981

Special Edition - new year 1981

So, I hold this new issue in my hands wondering why they came back now with all this free information via the internet.

It comes with free CDs too…but…

I am still of the impression that some big Greek record label needs support.

I am not naive anymore. 

I am sorry if this would hurt the contributors’s feelings and I understand that they want to do their job, get paid or get some free albums while reviewing, but I am not getting any money from anyone.

I am writing on the internet and I am entitled to my own opinion.

 
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Posted by on December 24, 2008 in Music

 

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Don’t Shoot the Piano Player

Some bands played a certain role in their areas, keeping the rock spirit alive or showing the way to the next generation.

mhn-pyrov-pic-1Min Pyrovolite Ton Pianista   (Engl. Don’t Shoot the Piano Player gr. Μην Πυροβολείτε τον πιανίστα) came from the same Athenian location (Nea Smyrni) with the legendary greek heavy metal band of the 80s, Spitfire (or Speedfire) as well as the Nightfall.
For the record, Spitfire’s British born drummer, Mark Cross, joined Nightfall , then he played with the German / American band Metalium and in 2000 sut behind the drumset of  the German band of Helloween.
He ended up with the American Power Metal band Winter’s Bane.

Min Pyrovolite Ton Pianista  and Spitfire were close friends and they were active in the same live clubs in the same era.

Min Pyrovolite Ton Pianista’s  history goes back in their school-days sometime in 1983 when Panos Economakis and Andreas Soutis put the band together to perform their favorite hard rock covers.

Αινιγμα

Αινιγμα

As a cover band, they performed in hundreds of clubs and open air festivals until they changed their minds and started writing their own material.
Armed with all the experience they gained and forced by their need to express themselves, the 5 piece band released their first album titled “Ainigma” (engl. Enigma gr. Αινιγμα) in 2000 through Cyberdelia Records.
The tracks remain in a hard rock spirit with a strong touch of prog rock.

Like many other Greek bands, here we have once more a group that lasted 17 years to release their first full length album but it took them less than 6 months to disband after this release.

During all these years, they worked with other musicians too.
Economakis played additional guitars on several albums of other bands and in 2005 he formed the cover band Vintage.

Soutis had the part of Christ on a local production of “Jesus Christ Superstar”.

The band is giving away the album for free here: http://www.enigmagt.gr/html/aeieaia_cd.html

 
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Posted by on December 23, 2008 in Heavy Metal

 

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Greek riots – second student was shot

A second high school student, has been shot last night in the Peristeri district of Athens.
Kostas Paplomatas, age 16, was shot 200 meters away from his school while talking with his fellow students.
The boy was shot in the hand and police initialy stated that an air pistol was used.

Later it was stated that doctors removed a 22 mm caliber shell from the boy’s hand, whose father is member of the
teachers’ union and member of the Greek communist party.

As situation is not clear yet, there is also the posibility that the shell is of a 38 mm caliber.

Police stated that there were no police officers in the area and investigations were turned to neighbors.

Kostas Paplomatas is currently recovering after the operation.

Riots in Athens continued today when protesters attacked riot police squads at 15:00.

Extensive use of tear gas made the atmosphere very dangerous.

A second group of protesters tried to set on fire the second Christmas tree in the center of Athens (the first was burned during the first days).

It was saved by riot police squads that protected it.

Same scenery was carried on in most of the central Athenian roads.

Protesters captured the tv station “Nea Kriti” last night in Chania-Crete. They asked for permision to broadcast an 18 minutes  message of protest which was broadcasted in full.

After that, they left the building.

More to come, tomorrow, Friday the 19th.

 
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Posted by on December 18, 2008 in Politics

 

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In Trance 95

1989

1989

For sure it was too difficult for a greek electro duo to survive in Greece during the 80s.
The Greeks were more… “guitar oriented” back in those days and bands such as the Depeche Mode, Clock DVA,
OMD etc were only known to the fans of the underground sound.

Out of this small number of people came Alex Macheras and Nikos Veliotis to form In Trance 95.

The duo released the 7″ single “Desire to Desire/Brazilia” in 1988.
It was produced by Kostas Sokialis, the guitar player of the band Film Noir (check previous posting)
and the recordings took place in Blue Moon studios (owned by Christos Manolitsis – check previous posting).

95

As there was an on-growing interest in Greece in the EBM and electronic music on the late 90’s/early 00’s
this single became a collectors’ item.
But this wasn’t the only release of In Trance 95.
That was only the begining.

Being real electro pioneers, the duo “filmed and edited on 35mm film
back in a period that it was almost impossible in Greece (high cost and lack of media)…”
in trance 95 – desire to desire

Dada Data / In Trance 95

Dada Data / In Trance 95

In 1989, they released the track “21st Century European Temptation” on a split 7″ EP with an other Greek electro band,
Dada Data (which was actualy a Coti K’s project).

During the year 1990 two releases would follow.
One of them was the release of their one and only album, titled “Code Of Obsession” in the same dance spirit

code of obsession

code of obsession

of the previous releases and the 12″ EP  In Trance 95 And Sonny E – So Sad 12″.

A year later, In Trance 95 were signed to Elfish records through which their Warm Nights Driving On Wet Streets 12″ vinyl
was released (engineered by Coti K. who was something like a shadow member for them as well as for many other bands).

Warm Nights Driving On Wet Streets

Warm Nights Driving On Wet Streets

The last time I heard of them by the name In Trance 95 was because their track “The Lesser Water Snake” was featured on the
compilation “Crash – A Tribute To James Graham Ballard” in 1993 among bands and artists such as the Clock DVA, Cotie K., Raw
, Slow Motion, Forward Music Quintet, Pankow and others.

In Trance 95 were active untill 1996 and since 2006 that they decided to make a come back by switching their name to ITeNeF.
George Geranios (who if I am not mistaken is the owner of Hysterica, the Depeche Mode fan club in Greece) replaced Nikos
Veliotis.

95b
Nikos Veliotis was initially trained as a pianist but he later devoted himself to the cello. Leaving In Trance 95,  participated in lots of releases
that you can check either on his web site: http://www.nikosveliotis.com/
or his myspace profile: http://www.myspace.com/nikosveliotis

As for ITeNeF , they arel recording nowdays their first album.

You can check their myspcae profile here: http://www.myspace.com/itenef

The first two tracks on the myspace music player on their profile are the ones of their very first 7″ single of 1988.

itenef – The Sound of Sexy Machines

 
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Posted by on December 18, 2008 in New Wave / Dark Wave

 

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Compilation nr. 3

Fragmenta V

Fragmenta V

In 1992, the fanzine “Stis skies tou B-23” released the vinyl compilation “Fragmenta V“.
The album was given free with the issue (can’t remember on which one was that) and today is very rare.

11 songs from 5 Greek indie bands.
Every band participated with two track except from the alternative pop band Pillow who
appear here with their song “For The Love She Could Not Feel” on the A side.

Pillow appeared also on the CD compilation “Pop Secrets …From The Greek Underground Scene
with the acoustic version of the song “My Music” and a special mix of their track
Rebecca Deruvo“.

This compilation was released in 1997 by Voice magazine and was compiled by Dimitris
Argyropoulos
(who was the co-owner of the fanzine “Stis Skies tou B-23”).
Checking the tracklist of the “Pop Secrets…” compilation, one can spot also a couple of other bands
that are featured in “Fragmenta V” such as the band Ding An Sich and the electro/funk/pop Greek pioneers,
Groove Machine.

Old As Forever

Old As Forever

The two Ding An Sich tracks “Our Name Is Melancholy” and “A Hollow Image Of Fulfilled Desire
of “Fragmenta V” can also be found on their CD album “Old As Forever…New As Tomorrow” that was released by Capp
records in 2000. You can listen to the song “A Hollow Image Of Fulfilled Desire” here
In “Fragmenta V”, the Groove Machine appear with two tracks: “Nowdays” and “In those days“.

Destroy The Presence Of This World

Destroy The Presence Of This World

A different version of “Nowdays” can also be found on their full length album “Destroy The Presence Of This World” that was
released in 1993, a wonderful album.
More infos about their album can be found here.

Back in those days, the experimental/noise band of Psygeio Psygeio (engl. Refrigerator-Refrigerator gr. Ψυγείο Ψυγείο) were
often visiting Athens, travelling far away from their hometown, the city of Ioannina, to perform live.

Ψυγείο Ψυγείο

Ψυγείο Ψυγείο

This quartet participated here with two tracks, “Skotose me, me ta kerata sou” and “Me Aftaparnisi“.
With this line-up: Vana Grammeniatis – vocals+keyboards, Michalis Kilakos – guitar, Costas Stamatis – Guitar and Alexis
Tsimogiannis
– drums, they released two full length albums titled “To Psygeio Psygeio” in 1990 and “Empistosyni” in 1993.
The Hidden Diaries blog will help you a bit more about them, here

The most famous band of the compilation, is the band that opens the first side, Lefki Symfonia.

Λευκή Συμφωνία

Λευκή Συμφωνία

They also do have two tracks here, “Thelo Enan Kalytero Kosmo” (engl. I want a better world gr. Θελω εναν καλύτερο κόσμο)
and “Sti diki mou Poli” (engl. In My City gr. Στη Δική μου πόλη) both to be released on their 1993 album titled
“Lefki Symfonia”.
I guess the band wasn’t under contract with any label by that time as the above mentioned album was released
by WEA-Greece later.
Lefki Symfonia sound here heavily influenced by rock bands such as the Cult.

Fragmenta V (back)

Fragmenta V (back)

So, “Fragmenta V” gave the chance to 5 completely different bands to release their songs.
I am not sure if Pillow ever released a full lenght album (I am sure that somebody will let me know if they did so) but
it is very obvious that these kind of compilations (which had no mechanical or broadcasting royalties becoming easier
for the fanzine to release them) were help the Greek underground rock scene to breathe.

 
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Posted by on December 17, 2008 in Compilations

 

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Greek riots – Acropolis

Acropolis december 17 2008

Acropolis december 17 2008

Acropolis today.

The word “Resistance” in several languages.

Further reading:

tribe4mian: 

Greek Riots (Part I):

https://tribe4mian.wordpress.com/2008/12/10/greek-riots/

Greek Riots, Part II – An Outsider’s Perspective:

https://tribe4mian.wordpress.com/2008/12/11/greek-riots-part-ii-an-outsiders-perspective/

Greek Riots, Part III:

https://tribe4mian.wordpress.com/2008/12/16/greek-riots-part-iii/ 

TapesGoneLoose @ BlogSpot:

Riot Info:

http://tapesgoneloose.blogspot.com/2008/12/riot-info.html

Riot Info #2:

http://tapesgoneloose.blogspot.com/2008/12/riot-info-2.html

 
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Posted by on December 17, 2008 in Politics

 

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