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


(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