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Greetings to everyone,

"In a society that I hate deeply and scars my soul daily, the foundations and rules of which I deny, being likeable would mean that I am starting to look like it..."

This is the quote that I live by the last few years but come to think of it, I could as well be living by that particular quote all my life, without even knowing it.

The purpose of this blog is to gather all my thoughts in one place, nothing fancy, just a piece of me. The articles that I write are a blend of my experiences and thoughts.

I hope some of you enjoy what you read here and Ι welcome you all to walk down that road together.


Interview wih Alex Ossek (FLAMES)

Interview with Alex Ossek (Flames) 

Prologue: We have the pleasure of hosting Alex Ossek, the singer from the legendary Greek thrash band FLAMES. Alex shares with us info about the past of the band, their recent reunion and their future plans among many others. Enjoy and enter the Slaughterhouse. (This is an interview that I did on my own, but on behalf of Burst.gr)

Elias: Hello Alex and thank you for the opportunity. Tell us a few things about how you first joined FLAMES back in the 80s.

Alex: Hi Elias first of all congratulations for Burst.gr its really a great site. At 1984 I created a metal band with 3 friends of mine, where we used to play Power Metal and made some gigs at schools and a demo. The problem was I preferred to play thrash metal so in 1986 Flames (they had already two albums on the Greek market) tried to find a new singer because they had a similar problem, they wanted to change their style to thrash metal but Nigel (Lakis) preferred power metal, so I had a session with them and I joined Flames, the bass player from my ex band Fotis joined Nigel’s new project Thanatos inc.

Elias: FLAMES have been around for almost 30 years. Except the fact that they were one of the first Greek metal bands around, they also were the first big Greek thrash band. How was the scene back then for thrash and for Heavy Metal in general?

Alex: It’s true that we were one of the first bands that played thrash in Greece and the first who played professionally in our country and the first Greek band ever that had great sales in whole Europe. The scene here in Greece was very small we had just a few bands who played professionally like Spitfire, but we had a lot of small bands playing great music like Ripper (power metal), Vomit (they had their own style something like Voivod), Acetic Voice from Thessaloniki and later Raw Silk (really great posers they could make a great career if they had a good manager and record label).

Elias: You got a lot of good reviews back then and played many concerts, some of them supporting great Heavy Metal bands. Share some info with us about those days.

Alex: This years was really great I remember a lot of great gigs I will share the most important with you. First 1987 we played as headliner at club 22 in Athens in a sold out hall in front of 1000 crazy headbangers, then in early 1988 we played as special quest with Motorhead, 3 days of sold-out gigs and 4000 fans every day. Very important were our first two gigs in Germany also.
In 1988 with Living Death was the first time that we were in Thessaloniki at Elispondos. This hall had a capacity of 800 people there was over 1000 inside. We also played in Greece with Kreator, Sodom Running Wild, Destruction, D.R.I. but the greatest experience was touring Europe with Sodom and Assassin for 2 months in sold out halls.

Elias: I know that the Greek music industry wasn’t very “kind” to Heavy Metal bands back then. You were also asked to sign with one of the greatest companies, NOISE records back in 1989 which didn’t happen and later on you and the band parted ways. What was the situation in FLAMES back then?

Alex: The good thing with us was that we had a contract with black dragon records one of the most important labels in Europe at the 80s and 90s, they promoted our 2 albums “Summon The Dead” and “Last Prophecy” which made really great sales in Europe and overseas to.
Its also true that in 1989 NOISE contacted us to make a contract (we still had a contract for one more album with B.D.) but then we decided after long thought to stay at B.D. were we were one of the major bands and not maybe number 12 or 15. But yes we understood later that it was a mistake not to join NOISE. One year later I left flames to go to study in Germany and then England.

Elias: During the time since you left FLAMES up until now, where you active in any music projects or music in general whatsoever?

Alex: After I left flames for a lot of years I had done nothing with music 1995 we tried a reunion but I had no time to do this because of business, 2004 we tried again but also didn’t have enough time. All this years with some friends we had a band and played cover songs some times at clubs (not thrash, mostly hard rock and heavy metal).

Elias: Ok, back to today. Reunion with FLAMES. How did that happen after all those years? Did you keep in touch with the rest of the members?

Alex: As I told you it was a thing we tried a lot of times, now we were ready to do this. In January we started our first rehearsal and now we keep going on. Our thought was to bring together the original 1986-1991 Flames, the years with the great success of the band. Unfortunately we could not find George our drummer, but we were really lucky that we found Alex, he fits great in the original line up and he is a great drummer.

Elias: You recently played a concert in FUZZ CLUB supporting SEPULTURA. And if I’m correct you played another concert in Germany. What are your memories of those fresh gigs?

Alex: We will play September in Germany, Fuzz was the first gig for the reunion, it was a very good warm-up for all the things that will follow.

Elias: Do you believe that you and the band have “grown” since their first old school days? How do you see the Heavy Metal scene of today?

Alex: After so many years yes I think we start again with more experience you will se that when you year the new songs, but we still play original thrash metal. The metal scene today is similar like it was at the 80s and 90s a lot of bands old and new tried to change their style and sound but like you can see, the fans prefer the original sound. I am very disappointed with the Greek scene there are a lot of small bands playing great music but nobody promotes them, from the most popular bands for my opinion only Rotting Christ are doing a great job. Most of them just promote their 40 gigs in Europe or overseas but they don’t say to anyone that they play in front of 40 or maybe 60 people. Yes I know I’m being a bad guy but that’s the truth. Sorry but, like I said from all these bands only Rotting Christ really have an international career. 

Elias: FLAMES have changed their lineup many times. Should we expect this reunion to be something more permanent or not? Do you plan to release new stuff?

Alex: This reunion will last and we have big plans. We already have 16 brand new songs ready and we will start recording them at the end of August, we will also have a new record again.

Elias: What are your tour plans from now on? Do you have any more gigs in store for the Greek fans? Do you have any more invitations to play abroad?

Alex: Like I sad we play in Germany in September and then again December at 2 festivals, at October we play 4 gigs in Greece, except those dates our manager is available for more live shows all over Europe after the release of the album.

Elias: What are your activities besides FLAMES?

Alex: I own a gym in Athens and I work also for a major coffee company as store manager.

Elias: Is there anything else that you want to share with us? 

Alex: We are really happy to be back and we promise you that our new songs will be the best flames songs ever. SOME PEOPLE MIGHT NOT LIKE IT BUT WE ARE BACK TO PLAY ORIGINAL THRASH METAL.
Thanks Elias for everything, your site will be the first that we will send next month a teaser of a new song and two great old songs Jesus Christ and Sea of Blood. We are in contact with two major German record companies and the release of the new stuff will be at end of the year.


Municipal Waste, Released Anger, Faithreat Live @ Kyttaro Club 07-07-2012, Athens, Greece

Municipal Waste, Released Anger, Faithreat Live @ Kyttaro Club 07-07-2012, Athens, Greece

Thrash, beers and party! That’s the story behind Municipal Waste. One of the best thrash/crossover bands whose live performances are already considered “extrahazardous” were back in Greece to inject some more moshing to the thrashing crew here. The support bands were Released Anger and Faithreat, both very good bands at what they do, they managed to do their part of warming up some necks.

The place was crowded but not packed, a usual sight in concerts nowadays, but the feeling was all there. The club also had a protective bar placed in the front row to prevent people from jumping into the stage. That was a first. Faithreat hit the stage and despite the fact that I’ve never seen them or heard about them, they were kicking asses and taking names with a certain ease. They are very tight as a band and they managed to pass their energy on to the crowd from the first moment. I can’t define them under a certain music style –which isn’t necessary a bad thing- their influences are mainly punk/crossover/thrash/metalcore/speed metal. Definitely a very good band to see on stage and I can’t wait to see them again.

Faithreat setlist:

Setlist :
Intro (Be Αll, End All - Anthrax)
No Future For Mankind
Ballad Of The Mitchell Buchannon
Cyco Vision (Suicidal Tendencies cover)
Unstoppable Force
Code: Brain Wash
Sophisticated Lies
Thrash For Yourself
Zombie Mosh
Iron Bin
City Life
Ζωή Χωρίς Αναπνοή (Greek lyrics and title)
Back To The Pit

The next band to hit the stage was a well known name in the Greek underground scene, Released Anger. What can I say about this band besides that, every time that I see them play it seems better than the previous one. They’ve definitely had their own big share of playing live and know well how to take the stage by storm. The bands sound is 100% old school thrash stuff, it is like witnessing a revival of the glory days of the good old German thrash scene! John and Dimitris the bands guitar players, leave you no choice of resting your head for a while and combined with the extreme drumming of Jan, it’s like having a bulldozer running through your house during the middle of the night. Devastating! Dinos their vocalist was also in great shape like always and that completed the package perfectly. The only bad point was a serious injury that Dinos had after the concert and had to be rushed at the hospital urgently. Get well soon dude!

Released Anger setlist:

Faces Of Fate
War (mew song)
Monarch In Life
Voice Of Conscience
Mentally Disordered
War (Thanatos cover)
Fake Existence
Selfish Bastard

Time for the party-thrash band from the U.S. to put their money where their mouth is. Having missed their previous gig here I highly anticipated this one. They are certainly a band that has made a good name for herself in a very short time and I wanted to see if they could actually deliver all that on stage. Sadly there wasn’t too much of a crowd but all of them were there with a purpose. MOSH! Despite the obvious lack of crowd there were actually people there from other parts of Greece as well. Now that’s dedication people! For a little more than an hour Municipal Waste actually OWNED the club and the crowd. The situation there was beyond words. An seemingly endless mosh pit from the beginning to the end is the only thing I can say about the crowd.

The boys from Virginia gave their best self even if it was for only an hour. Tony Foresta possesses so much theatricality and energy that he is a league of his own. Ryan Waste is a real crowd pleaser also. Never stopping joking about stuff and keeping the party mood high, ranks this concert among the best that took place in Greece during this year. It’s a year that we need a good dose of laughter and party with all the stuff that’s taking place here. We all left the club with our heads buzzing, our jaws dropped and under the sounds of Phil Collins (!) playing. Excellent night!

Municipal Waste setlist:

The Garbage Stomp / Unleash The Bastards
Mind Eraser
You're Cut Off
Wolves Of Chernobyl
The Thrashin' Of The Christ
Beer Pressure
Black President
Terror Shark
Wrong Answer
Intro/The Fatal Feast
Toxic Revolution
Sweet Attack
Headbanger Face Rip
Covered In Sick / The Barfer
Sadistic Magician
Boner City
Born To Party
Pre-Game / The Art Of Partying

Also on Burst.gr - http://www.burst.gr/live/reports/item/1442-live-report-municipal-waste-released-anger-faithreat-live--kyttaro-club-07-07-2012-athens-greece


Interview with George Kollias of Nile

Interview with George Kollias of Nile

I had the chance to interview one of the greatest drummers, Greece has to offer! George Kollias on a 47' interview, talking about his early years as a drummer, his teaching and of course the new Nile album, "At the Gate of Sethu"! Just sit back, relax and learn everything you ever wanted to learn about George!

The new Nile album is out and within a few months the new instructory DVD from George will be out as well. Nile are touring this fall with Kreator, Morbid Angel and Fueled By Fire and they also have 2 Greek dates planned.
Check it out, buy the stuff, go to the concerts and support your favorite bands!


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