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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.


High Voltage Festival 2012 Day II Live @ Kyttaro, Athens, Greece, 24-11-2012

High Voltage Festival 2012 Day II Live @ Kyttaro, Athens, Greece, 24-11-2012

Getting ready for the second day of the High Voltage festival, that mostly included bands with a hard rock vibe. Well guess what? I was once more the first fan to show up, despite that fact that I only arrived at the gig nearly half an hour before the doors open. I guess that something went terribly wrong here. Either the gig wasn’t promoted enough, or the fans simply don’t care. Or maybe both. Still, it was a sad image.

The doors opened on time and the first band, Heart Attack, came on stage. They took the place of Junkyard 69 who probably cancelled. They were all dressed in a similar ‘hospital’ manner, which shows that they’re following a certain direction in their dress code for concerts, which is good. The band played songs from their first EP along with some covers. They also filmed one of their songs for an upcoming video so; some more female dancers came on stage dressed as nurses. I especially noticed the excellent playing of their keyboardist Lila Moka as well as their guitar player Teo Ross, who also has a solo record.

The next band was Wild Machine, a veteran band of the Greek scene and one of the first ever Greek bands that I saw live. They are a total glam-dynamite on stage, combining all the good elements of hard rock with a totally 80s sleaze outfit and resulting in a rock overload. Despite some lineup changes and a big delay before the release of their new record, which is finally out now, the band seemed to have more energy than ever. They’re a definite ‘must’ for everyone who enjoys a good gig.

The next band was Nostos, a southern rock band, who also took the place of another band called Soundtruck who had probably cancelled. They resembled a classic  Southern American band and guess what? Most of their setlist was Lynyrd Skynyrd covers, although I believe that they also played a couple of their own songs. Their overall performance was very good although I believe that they played ‘Freebird’ slightly different.

Soon after Nostos, it was time for Danger Angel to take the stage. The band needs no introduction among the fans of the Greek scene, they’re one of those bands who quickly made a name for themselves and for a good reason. They were definitely one of the best bands of the whole High Voltage festival and that’s because they’ve been working on every last detail, from recordings to on stage performance which is obvious. Like I’ve said before, Kyttaro has a very good sound in most occasions, but I believe that it could be a little bit better during Danger Angel. Sadly I missed some of their set as well as the performance of George Gakis who played after them because something urgent came up.

The only bad thing that I have to say for those days is the the fans didn’t support it. Going to a gig and seeing bands attending concerts of other bands alongside their families and some friends, is a sad sight. Also, it’s one of the reasons that many bands form their own ‘cliques’ and support only their friends, etc. And that goes for every band and every fan. If we don’t rise up from this situation, the Greek scene will always be the outcast of the global scene.

First Day: http://dawnofbattle.blogspot.gr/2012/11/high-voltage-festival-2012-day-i-live.html

Also on Burst.gr - http://burst.gr/live/reports/item/2307-high-voltage-festival-2012-day-ii-live--kyttaro-athens-greece-24-11-2012

Links: https://www.facebook.com/wildmachinegr/posts/396602193748690

High Voltage Festival 2012 Day I Live @ Kyttaro, Athens, Greece, 23-11-2012

High Voltage Festival 2012 Day I Live @ Kyttaro, Athens, Greece, 23-11-2012

Another busy week was coming to an end and this time, with a High Voltage blast! I’m talking about the High Voltage festival of course. 11 bands in 2 days with 10 euros per day! Every one who claims to support the Greek metal scene should have been there. Sadly, not may people thought likewise…

I arrived at the gig nearly half an hour before the doors open only to discover that I was the first fan to show up. Talk about starting on the wrong foot. There was another gig in town of course by WASP, which is always a soldout gig, but I expected a few more people to show up for this one. The doors opened and the first band called Strangeyes was on stage. The first thing I noticed was that the sound had some problems which is weird, because the sound in Kyttaro rarely has any problems whatsoever. The band was overally good, especially their frontman. They played some of their own stuff alond some covers (Opeth and Annihilator of I remember correctly).

The second band was Never-Trust. I can’t say that metalcore is really my style but the band had tons of energy. Of course some problems started to emerge once again. The pedal of the drummer started to fall apart so they had to play their songs in a less blasty manner. They delivered their groove very good though. The next band called Ivory Tower was probably the first band to play without any serious problems. They were also very good and thankfully, some more people started gathering up.
The next band was Sorrowful Angels, a well known band to the Greek scene. They definitely showed that they ‘owned’ the stage from the first moment, despite that they had a new member, guitar player Stelios. Their style is mostly goth metal, with a lot of melancholic melodies blended inside. I could say that they’re our very own “Paradise Lost”.

The next two bands were a surprise (good for some, bad for some others). The first band was Trendy Hooliguns, a band well known for their sarcasm on stage, both lyrically as well as when interacting with the crowd. They were very good but unfortunately, not many people stayed around to see them. It’s one of the bad things that always happens when Greek bands play, many friends and family of each band comes around to see one band, without caring for others. The last band was The Fallen Within, a band which uses a ton of elements. I could describe their style as modern metalcore, but it has a lot of electronic and prog stuff also. They’re definitely not my style but they were very good on stage and it seems that they’ve been working on their songs, as well as their on stage performance a lot.


Ελληνικός διαδικτυακός κλαυσίγελος

Ελληνικός διαδικτυακός κλαυσίγελος

Πρώτα είχαμε το κειμενάκι με τους «103 λόγους που αξίζει να είσαι Έλληνας», το οποίο ήταν εμπλουτισμένο από προγονολατρεία μέχρι σάπια νεοελληνική κουλτούρα –για την οποία φυσικά ΑΞΙΖΕΙ να είσαι Έλληνας-, μετά κάποια άλλα πάλι παρόμοιου τύπου και πλέον, φρέσκο πράγμα στα δίχτυα. Άλλο ένα κειμενάκι «γκρηκ χούμορ» που κυκλοφορεί στο διαδίκτυο πέτυχα τελευταία, ίσα ίσα για να πειστώ πως η κακομοιριά είναι άλλο ένα απ’τα πράγματα που έχουμε στο DNA μας να διαιωνίζουμε, μαζί με τον ωχαδερφισμό.

Το παραθέτω αυτούσιο με όλα τα ορθογραφικά του:

"Ο Γιάννης άρχισε την ημέρα του νωρίς βάζοντας το ξυπνητήρι του (MADE IN SWITCHERLAND) για τις 6 το πρωί ...
σηκώθηκε από το κρεβάτι του (MADE IN SWEDEN)
Έφτιαξε τον καφέ του (PRODUCED IN BRASIL)
Ξυρίστηκε με την ηλεκτρική του μηχανή (MADE IN GERMANY)
Έβαλε αποσμητικό (MADE IN BELGIUM)
Φόρεσε το πουκάμισό του (MADE IN TURKEY),
Φόρεσε εσώρουχο (MADE IN BAGLADESH)
Τα jeans με φίρμα (MADE IN SRI LANKA)
Παπούτσια (MADE IN ITALY)
Έφτιαξε τα αυγά του στην καινούργια ηλεκτρική κουζίνα (MADE IN KOREA)
Έριξε μία ματιά στο laptop του (MADE IN JAPAN)
Ήλεγξε τα emails του κοιτάζοντας συγχρόνως το ρολόι του (MADE IN TAIWAN). Μετά κλείδωσε την πόρτα (MADE IN CANADA),
Ενεργοποίησε το συναγερμό (MADE IN USA)
μπήκε στο αυτοκίνητό του (MADE IN SPAIN)
το γέμισε με βενζίνη (από SAUDI ARABIA)
και συνέχισε το ψάξιμο για μια καλή δουλειά στην ΕΛΛΑΔΑ.
Στο τέλος μιάς ακόμα άκαρπης και αποκαρδιωτικής προσπάθειας για εύρεση εργασίας και αφού εκτύπωσε μερικά ακόμα αντίγραφα συστατικών επιστολών σε εκτυπωτή (made in MALAYSIA),
ο Γιάννης αποφάσισε να ξεκουραστεί λίγο.
Έβαλε τις παντούφλες του (MADE IN BRAZIL),
Άνοιξε μια μπύρα (MADE IN ENGLAND)
έφαγε μια μπριζόλα (PRODUCED IN BULGARIA)
και άνοιξε την τηλεόραση (MADE IN INDONESIA).
Καθώς παρακολουθούσε τα ΤΟΥΡΚΙΚΑ σήριαλ, προσπαθούσε να σκεφτεί τι διάολο φταίει και δεν μπορεί να βρεί μιά δουλειά στην ΕΛΛΑΔΑ...!!!!!!!"

Κομπορρημοσύνη και κακομοιριά, ανακατεμένα με τα τελευταία ψήγματα μπλακ χιούμορ που έχουν απομείνει στον νεοέλληνα, το οποίο πλέον φαντάζει πιο τρομακτικό από ποτέ. Εκτός του ότι πάμε να αποτινάξουμε βίαια την όποια απειροελάχιστη καλαισθησία μας έχει απομείνει, πλέον θα μας φταίει οτιδήποτε ξένο, στον λαό που κάποτε η ξενομανία ήταν μόδα και το ‘αμερικανάκι’ χαρακτήριζε περισσότερους Έλληνες και από το ‘μαλάκας’. Γιατί ως γνωστόν, μόνο αν παινεύεις το σπίτι σου μια ζωή, τότε και μόνο τότε, η μούχλα θα υποχωρήσει, η μπογιά και τα κουφώματα θα μείνουν στη θέση τους και εν τέλει, δε θα πέσει να σε πλακώσει. Τα υποτιθέμενα προβλήματα που μας παρουσιάζει το κειμενάκι, είναι η πραγματικότητα παγκοσμίως, αλλά επειδή εμείς βλέπουμε μόνο μέχρι τη μύτη μας, καταφέρνουμε να τα κατηγορήσουμε για μια ακόμη φορά τον ‘ξένο’ παρά εμάς. Τη στιγμή που οι μισοί Έλληνες αισθάνονται ξένοι στην ίδια τους τη χώρα και οι άλλοι μισοί ζουν στην υγεία των κορόιδων… άντε και καλή λευτεριά!




Το βίντεο δείχνει την καθοδήγηση του ανήμπορου και άβουλου ατόμου με  σκοπό τον έλεγχο.

Photography by: Nick Papaevangeliou
Sound Design: Konstantinos Gerontis
Directed by: Vangelis Papaevangeliou
Written by: Vangelis Papaevangeliou
Screenplay by:  Vangelis Papaevangeliou
Produced by: Vangelis Papaevangeliou
Music by: Vangelis Papaevangeliou

The directors Facebook profile here: https://www.facebook.com/vangelis.papaevangeliou.3
Contact e-mails here: papaevangeliou@yahoo.gr

Ένα Μεσημέρι Στο Πάρκο

Ένα Μεσημέρι Στο Πάρκο

Ένα μεσημέρι σε ένα Αθηναϊκό πάρκο. Η καθημερινότητα των ανθρώπων μέσα από μια συζήτηση ενός ζευγαριού.

Μικρού μήκους ταινία με κοινωνικές προεκτάσεις για την Αθήνα (και όχι μόνο) του σήμερα. Μερικές φορές  το όμορφο είναι απλά επιφανειακό.

Starring: Daphne Vlasakidou , Leonidas Tzortzakis
Voices:  Daphne Vlasakidou, Aris Kaplanidis
Photography by: Nick Papaevangeliou

Directed by: Vangelis Papaevangeliou
Written by: Vangelis Papaevangeliou
Screenplay by:  Vangelis Papaevangeliou
Produced by: Vangelis Papaevangeliou

The directors Facebook profile here: https://www.facebook.com/vangelis.papaevangeliou.3
Contact e-mails here: papaevangeliou@yahoo.gr


Δεν ξέρω τίποτα.

Δεν ξέρω τίποτα.

Δε ξέρω για πόσο καιρό ακόμα θα περνάνε νέα μέτρα. Δε ξέρω επίσης για πόσο καιρό ακόμα ο κόσμος θα αγωνίζεται για να μην περάσουν. Δε ξέρω αν η κυβέρνηση εξυπηρετεί τα συμφέροντα της Αμερικής ή της Ρωσίας. Δε ξέρω αν την Ελλάδα την κυβερνούν οι τράπεζες οι Εβραίοι η κάποια οικογένεια Μασόνων. Δε ξέρω πόσα έχουν οι βουλευτές σε καταθέσεις. Δε ξέρω ούτε πόσα έχουν σε περιουσιακά στοιχεία. Δε ξέρω πόσα παίρνουν οι δημοσιογράφοι για να το βουλώνουν και να στρέφουν την προσοχή της κοινής γνώμης και την οργή του λαού σε ανούσια πράγματα. Δε ξέρω για πόσο ακόμα ο κόσμος θα ψηφίζει τα ίδια κόμματα και μετά θα γκρινιάζει για τα μέτρα που ήδη ήξερε από πριν ότι θα περάσουν τα κόμματα που ψήφισε. Δε ξέρω ούτε γιατί τους ψηφίζουν αυτοί που δεν είναι δημόσιοι υπάλληλοι, εφοπλιστές, βιομήχανοι, τραπεζίτες, ιδιοκτήτες καναλιών κι εφημερίδων και παντός είδους βολεμένοι. Δε ξέρω γιατί αντί να συσπειρωθούμε ενάντια στον προφανή κοινό εχθρό εμείς του στρώνουμε το χαλί. Δε ξέρω γιατί αντί να φροντίσουμε για ένα καλύτερο αύριο εμείς κοιτάμε να βγάλουμε ο ένας τα μάτια του άλλου, ακόμα και όταν πέφτουμε και οι δύο στο γκρεμό. Δε ξέρω…

Ξέρω ότι δεν έχουμε σωστή παιδεία. Ξέρω ότι είμαστε ένας λαός παραδομένος στον πάσης φύσεως καταναλωτισμό και στην πάσης φύσεως άνεση. Ξέρω ότι μας αρέσει να βλέπουμε και να πιστεύουμε ότι λέει η τηλεόραση. Ξέρω ότι ενώ έχουμε υιοθετήσει πάρα πολλά ξενόφερτα στοιχεία στον τρόπο ζωής μας κατακρίνουμε το κάθε τι ξένο. Ξέρω ότι ακολουθούμε πιστά την όποια ιδεολογία μας εξυπηρετεί σε όλα αυτά, είτε είναι το κόμμα που κάποτε θα μας βολέψει, είτε η θρησκεία που συγχωρεί τα χειρότερα εγκλήματα αρκεί κάποτε να μετανοήσεις. Ξέρω πως μας νοιάζει ο ανούσιος υλικός κόσμος και το τι πρόσωπο θα δείξουμε στην κοινωνία παρά η ψυχική υγεία και το τι κάνουμε όταν κλείνει η πόρτα του σπιτιού μας. Ξέρω πως κάποιοι θέλουν να αλλάξουν αλλά η ίδια η νοοτροπία που καλλιέργησαν τόσα χρόνια δε τους αφήνει πλέον να το κάνουν. Ξέρω πως πολλοί από αυτούς στρέφονται στα άκρα και στον κάθε τυχάρπαστο ρήτορα που θα τους δώσει αυτό που θέλουν με το ένα χέρι, κρύβοντας αυτό που θα τους σκοτώσει στο άλλο. Ξέρω…

Για το μόνο που είμαι ακόμα ουδέτερος είναι το τι θα γίνει μετά. Θα παραμερίσουμε αυτά που μας χωρίζουν δυναμώνοντας αυτά που μας ενώνουν; Θα καταφέρουμε ποτέ να θυσιάσουμε τη μικροψυχία, τη συμφεροντολογία, την ανεντιμότητα, την πονηριά, την υπεροψία, την φοβία, το θυμό ακόμα και αυτή την ιδεολογία που μπορεί να έχει ο καθένας, στο βωμό μιας ιδέας που δε θα περιλαμβάνει αριθμούς, ποσοστά και επιβίωση, αλλά ανθρώπους, συναισθήματα και βιωσιμότητα;


Inkubus Sukkubus, Come With Reverse, Dr D and the Voodoo Shreeks Live @ Second Skin Club, Athens, Greece, 02-11-2012

Inkubus Sukkubus, Come With Reverse, Dr D and the Voodoo Shreeks Live @ Second Skin Club, Athens, Greece, 02-11-2012

It was a very big surprise for me when I heard that Inkubus Sukkubus were going to play a concert here in Greece. They are one of those bands that I used to listen to when I was younger, then stopped listening for a couple of years, only to “rediscover” them recently. The magic was still there.

I had arrived a little late due to heavy traffic and saw only a few people standing outside Second Skin club, so I entered almost immediately. The gig was about to begin. The club is somehow small, but also very cosy. The only bad thing is… what else? The poor airconditioning, which quickly turned the place into a factory chimney. The first band to come on stage was Dr D and the Voodoo Shreeks. They play a mixture of electro/ambient music with slices of darkness. They managed to create a very nice atmosphere although they could use a little more practice together for live appearances. The keyboards and other stuff on stage didn’t help much also because the stage was somehow small, which made movement difficult. They overally had a nice vibe and good communication with the crowd.

Dr D and the Voodoo Shreeks setlist:
1) Invisible Strength
2) I Will Kill For You
3) The Riddle Of The Sun & The Moon
4) Love & Rape
5) I Am Deamon

Next band on the bill was Come with Reverse from Thessaloniki. The crowd had almost doubled at that time which made the band feel even more welcome. Their doomy/goth sound along with a great performance from the bands frontman, instantly made the crowd participate in the whole experience. The sound started having some problems though which somehow spoiled some songs. They band seems very tight though which can only be a good thing for the future.

Come with Reverse setlist:
1) Vanity
2) Inner Demise
3) Mandolism
4) Evolution Of Broken Minds
5) Sullen Look
6) Come With Reverse
7) Retour An Dich
8) Lust Pace

I was finally time for Inkubus Sukkubus and with breathless anticipation the crowd was waiting the unveiling of the band. The drum set was removed off the stage, because the band used pre-recorded drums in their concert and the three members of the band came on stage! Their faces were painted like corpses, due to the celebration of the “Dia De Los Muertos”, the Mexican celebration for the rememberance of the dead. The band started playing and unfortunately at the same time, the sound started having major problems again. Of course the band and crowd didn’t seem to mind a lot, so they kept on playing even more passionately. Especially Candia’s performance was something you rarely see. I’ve seen my share of female fronted bands and I’ve seen frontwomen only have the looks, or the voice, or both, but rarely have the passion to support them. I’m sorry to say that without passion, you get nowhere. The band also had a very nice video-show playing in the background which fitted perfectly to every song, but one or two lights in the club were very bright which made it difficult to create an even nicer atmosphere or see the videos from certain angles. What made me very happy was that with every small problem, the band kept on playing even better. Most bands lose the ground beneath their feet with small things like a broken string or something. Despite all the small problems and the somehow small duration of the show (a little over one hour) they definitely were a pleasure to watch on stage. Let’s just hope that we won’t have to wait so many years before they visit us again.
The Inkies stayed around after their show, for a meet and greet and dance and party with their fans. I usually have an epilogue for such occasions, but for now I’ll only say this. Magical night.

Inkubus Sukkubus setlist:
1) Messalina
2) Vampyre erotica
3) Lose Yourself At The Nympahaeum
4) Paint it Black
5) Night Angel
6) Away With The Faeries
7) Love Eternal
8) City Of The Dead
9) Heart Of Lilith
10) The Goat
11) Belladona & Aconite
12) Samhain
13) Wytches
14) I Am The One

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