Ceremonial Landscapes festival @ Death Disco (Athens – Greece) – (31.10.2014 – 01.11.2014)

05 Nov


(by Fondas SumerSon)

It has become quite common to attend great “Goth” gigs in Greece the last years, but it has been a long time since we last had a 2 days “Goth” fest in Athens. Leo Skiadas did it again. He booked 2 great bands, plus 2 really promising Greek bands as support acts and thus created the “Ceremonial Landscapes” festival at Death Disco.

On Friday our beloved Star Industry would be the headlining act, plus the Greek goth metalers SadDolls. The really unique The Beauty of Gemina would be the headliners of Saturday’s gig, supported by the Greek wave/goth act Drama Queen.

Friday 31.10.2014 – day I

The Greek goth metalers SadDolls appeared on stage around 22:00 o’clock and they played a short set of 35 minutes which included songs from their last two releases and two covers versions. Especially the one on Johnny Cash’s classic “thirteen” was brilliant. They had a very good sound, performed their melodic songs in a powerful way and generally succeeded to warm up the audience with their well worked tunes. The guys have a lot to offer in the scene and they will probably become more famous in the future.

Their setlist:

Intro – Rave to the Grave
Lady Cry
Criminal of Love
For you (HIM Cover)
Watch me Crawl Behind
Terminate me
Thirteen (Johnny Cash cover)

After a few drinks the time had come for the 5th appearance of Star Industry in Athens. Their last show here was four years ago. We have built a strong bond with these guys over the years and we knew exactly what to expect. They are one of the few bands nowadays that can easily deliver dancefloor goth rock anthems to their fans. Due to a last minute problem, the band’s drummer could not travel with them, so they had to replace him with a drum machine. Nevertheless, this unexpected incident didn’t make them loose their energy on stage at all. Star Industry gave us another extraordinary performance full of passion, rhythm and melody. The guys satisfied their fans with their show and stayed on stage for about an hour (I wish they had played for a little longer though). They played a best of show, including, as always, their mega hits, plus three fantastic new songs from their much anticipated forthcoming album, which will be released in January. Can’t wait to see them on stage again. Their shows are a true bliss for goth rock fans.

Their setlist:
Eilyne (new song)
Selling Icons (new song)
Like a Ghost
Kids (cover version)
New Religion (new song)
Lost Generation
City of Light
New Millennium

After the gig we left the club delighted and impatient for day II.

Saturday 01.11.2014 – day II

People started gathering from early and everything looked promising for another night of musical pleasures. The Greek wave/goth rockers Drama Queen came on stage around 22:00 o’clock and played for 45 minutes, performing songs from their excellent debut album, along with some new ones. I had seen these guys on stage once before and they had instantly attracted my attention. In my personal opinion Drama Queen is one of the most promising new bands of the Greek dark rock scene. Their sound successfully balances goth and dark wave with ethereal. Special mention should be made to the brilliant female vocals and the guitar work. They gained the audience for sure and were the perfect opening act for The Beauty of Gemina.

Their setlist:

Nuclear Winter
This Narrow Place
Going Nowhere
Stories of Fog
My Rain
Questions to be answered

After a small break everything was ready for the first ever appearance of The Beauty of Gemina in Greece. These guys are around for about 10 years, having released six albums and have become quite “big” in the international dark scene. They have toured a lot across Europe through the years and have appeared in many important festivals. The Beauty of Gemina is a special band that combines elements from goth, wave, electro, even americana and country music, in order to built an intricate dark atmosphere. They are really professional in what they are doing and their charismatic singer is an amazing performer. The Greek fans waited impatiently all those years for their first visit in Greece and finally the time had come. The guys conquered the stage around 23:00 o’clock and stayed there for about an hour and 15 minutes. The band played songs from all of their releases, fulfilling their fans’ expectations. Concluding, I could easily say that their performance was one of the best that I have experienced for a long time and hope these guys return to Athens soon.

Their setlist:

Run Run Run
This Time
Haddon Hall
Kings Men Come
I wish you Could Die
Fight Song
Suicide Landscape
Last Night Home
Dark Rain (acoustic)
Seven Day Wonder
Victims of Love
The Lonesome Death of a Goth DJ
One Step to Heaven

So this is the chronicle of “Ceremonial Landscapes”. A festival that turned out to be one of the most successful events of the year.

All photos courtesy of Asklipios Barbakos.

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Posted by on November 5, 2014 in Concerts / Performances, Goth


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