Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Athens, Greece: 16-year-old shot dead by policeman. Actions all over Greece

On Saturday 6th of December at around 10pm, two Greek policemen were in patrol in a central street by Exarchia square, in the center of Athens. They had a verbal argument with some young people who were there. During the argument, one of the cops pulled his gun and shot a 16-year-old guy twice. The victim was moved to Evangelismos Hospital to be found dead. According to eye-witnesses, the cop had been swearing against the young man, showing his genitals, before shooting him.

In a spontaneous response, thousands of people gathered in the centers of most of Greek cities. In Athens, people gathered outside Evangelismos Hospital, in order to prevent the cops from entering the building. A little later the riot police attacked in a street in Exarchia resulting to one person being arrested. The evening in Athens evolved with a spontaneous assembly in the Polytechnic University, a lot of riots in the whole center of Athens including attacks against police departments and banks, until the early hours of the next morning. Meanwhile, a spontaneous demonstration took place, but it was confronted by the riot police with tear gas. Three more University building, the Economic, the Pantion and the Law School have been occupied.Rallies, demonstrations, direct actions and riots took place all around the country. In Thessaloniki, a big spontaneous demonstration took place, while 2 Police Departments were attacked, several bank departments were burnt and Egnatia str., the main street, was block by burning trash bins for hours. Reports have been also posted about actions in Yannena, Iraklio Chania, Komotini, Mitilini, Xanthi, Serres, Sparta, Alexandroupolis and Volos.

Repost from the Independent Media Center.
Show your support to all those who oppose the Greek police state (and every police state of course)......these burning days and nights are for Alex. Solidarity is our strongest weapon..let's use it!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Grief,Trap Them,Heavensore,Formikation @ Texas club,Athens

I'm really bored to write a review for this show,so I'll just say a few things about each band and that's it! First of all,the show was really great,not too many people showed up 'cause it was on a working day but that's the way I like it! Anyways,Formikation opened the set for once more but I only saw them play their last three songs because I was late! Great as always! Heavensore were next,I had heard their name before but never got the chance to see them live. They are a progressive sludge metal/rock band,they played one 40-minute long track which,to say the truth,kinda bored the hell out of me! The opening riff dragged for too long and kinda lost its interest after a while...I will check them out again though cause they are capable for some really great songs! Trap Them literally destroyed the fuckin' stage! It was one of the bands that wanted to witness live 'cause I knew about the life-changing shows they put on! For those of you who don't know Trap Them,they have a lot of sludge/crust infuences,like His Hero Is Gone for instance and a lot of grindcore mostly Nasum-style,add some of their personal touch on the music and you got a fuckin' raging band! Grief were next,they're one of oldest sludge bands out there along with EyeHateGod.Pure hate for the human race and misery for this stale world is what they're all singing about! They played a long set which included all the great songs they've ever written,their stage presence was exactly as their songs....slow and heavy as fuck with tons of misery..fuckin' brilliant!
Well that's it for now...till next time....hate yourself for being part of the problem!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Disfear,Doomriders,Dead Vows,Greet The Dead @ AN Club

Greet The Dead
I was looking forward to this show since Disfear are one of my all time favorites,plus Doomriders played too which are an awesome doom rock band from U.S.A.
I have not much to say about this show except that everyone who missed it made a huge mistake! The only bad thing was the fuckin' ticket price! 25 euros!!! That shit only happens in Greece! Anyway,let's move on...first were Greet The Dead,a crust band from Thesalloniki,it was the second time I saw them on stage and I must say that it was kinda of a let down,the main reason was their new vocalist,his voice was repeatitive and with no passion. Of course that is my opinion,so you better check them out yourselves and decide! Next were Dead Vows, a hardcore punk band from Sweden. Their music is not anything special but they had energy on stage and I liked some of their songs a lot,be sure to check'em out. Fuckin' Doomriders took over the stage next and I was in the right mood to enjoy some doom rock! I've been listening to their only lp,which by the way is really great, for a couple of months now and I was looking forward to check them live! They were great! Unfortunately not a lot of people digged their set,but who cares since I and my friends did! Last were Disfear....their set was as powerfull as it can be! They played for about an hour and their set included new (Misanthropic Generation,Powerload,Rat Race,The Furnace) and old songs like Det Sista Kriget and they even played a song from their first 7"! Really awesome band on stage with a lot of energy,plus they were really cool people unlike some "big" crust/punk bands out there that act like fuckin' Guns and Roses!
Also don't forget to check their latest record (Live The Storm),it's a blast!
Till next time....give me one last shot of your powerload!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Extreme Noise Terror,Desecration,Progress Of Inhumaity,Formikation @ Texas club,Athens

Hi to everyone! It's been a long time since the last post but there were no shows to take pics of,well except one but I was bored and it wasn't that good anyway! Ok,before I start the gig review I should let you know that this was thee best show I've ever attended! Seriously! That said,it's time to move on to the review.
First were Formikation from Athens,some of you that keep track of my posts may remember them from an older show at KS94. They have progressed a lot from then and their set sounds a lot more mature now,they play grindcore but with a more progressive take and they also have a lot of punk and metal elements.Think Magrudergrind,old-school grind like Napalm Death mixed with old Nasum songs and Burst! Yeah,I know it sounds weird but that's what it comes to mind when I hear their songs!Anyways,their set was fuckin' killer despite the inactive crowd! Keep it up guys! Next were Progress Of Inhumanity also from Athens,I hadn't heard this band before but a friend of mine told me that I'll love them...and I did! They don't have a bassist (Formikation don't have a bassist either!) but that was no handicap whatsoever! Old-fuckin' school,in-your-face crusty grind with small doses of metal,now I'm a sucker for crust/grind and these guys surely know how to play this type of shit! They reminded me of Dropdead at times but with more complicated song structures ,overall they were really great and you should give 'em a listen if you get the chance. Desecration were next,they share two members with Extreme Noise Terror but sound nothing like'em! They play old-school death metal,personally I hate death metal so I was just waiting for them to end their set! Some people from the crowd seemed to like their songs (yes,all of them were metalheads!),so I'll just shut up!
Extreme Noise Terror took the stage aterwards and from the first note I knew this was gonna be one hell of a show! Both singers were original members so you got the awesome combination of their first record! I should mention here that I accidentally hit Dean (one of the vocalists) in the teeth! I was so fuckin' excited and I had my fist in the air in front of the stage and he banged his head right on my fist! At first I thought: oh shit...I'm gonna get my ass kicked for that!!!..but he smiled at me and everything were fine,thinking back on it,it's fuckin' hilarious! Anyway,their set was perfect,playing mostly old songs as well as some new that are really good if not equally great as their old stuff and everyone left the show with a smile in his/her face,it's fuckin' Extreme Noise Terror we're talking about here,how someone could not be happy after seeing them live?
Something else I should mention is that one of the singers talked between tracks and explained what each song was about and commented on some social and political issues,to some that might sound indifferent but for me it's very important.Don't forget that Extreme Noise Terror played in the U.K crust/punk scene in the early '80's with politically minded and active bands such as Discharge,Chaos U.K,Antisect and the like.
Ok,that was it for now...till next time..see ya in the streets.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Arm Your Desires Festival Day 3

Melanocetus Muray
Black Trinity

Terrorismo Musical


Here's the last post for the Arm Your Desires fest from the 3rd day of extreme drinking and musical destruction! It was a killer day and everyone partied fuckin' hard! First on stage were Dyspnea,a dark crust band from the rainy mountains of Tyrnavos! Even though they had some serious sound problems (an almost burned out guitar amp and electricity problems) they put on a great show and they sounded way better than the last time I saw them! Old-school crust attack! Next were Hibernation,if you're not familiar with this band then there's something wrong with you! It's the oldest Greek crust band that is still active and they never disapoint live! They played some new tracks,that I might add that they were great,in the vein of their older material,and all of the classics! I hope they have plans for a new release soon! Next,if I remember correctly,were Schizogony,a brutal death band from Athens. I took no pictures of them 'cause I had some drinks and a chat with some friends I haven't seen for awhile.It was typical brutal death metal and to say the truth I don't like this style at all but who cares what I think! Moving on,next were Απέχθεια (Aversion).I had heard good things about them and I was very curious to finally see them play live.I was fuckin' blown out! Disclose/Mob 47 worship all the way! Ultra noizy distorted guitar,bass that resembles the sound your head makes when you hit the concrete pavement and drums that hit you like a fuckin' A-bomb!!! Even the guitarist's voice sounds like Kawakami's! Keep it up fuckers! Terrorismo Musical were next,they play raw crust/gore/grind and their lyrics have a clear political leaning which I like that,unlike most bands of this genre that only write songs about blood and rotten meat! Anyway,after a couple of songs the one guitar amp blown out and they had to continue with only one guitar which was a real shame 'cause they have a fat and distorted sound with both guitars that's great.But they didn't disapoint even with one guitar! By the way the just released a split 7" with Disturbance Project which is great,check them out! Next were Black Trinity from Thesalonniki,they play old-school black metal like old Mayhem,Sarcofago and Darkthrone! My only complaint is that the drummer needs to exercise his blast-beat and use it all the time! They even played a Mayhem cover! Praise the Dark Lord fuckers! Last were Melanocetus Muray,a harsh noise band also from Thesalonniki,it was clear that they improvised on stage but if you were there your mind would've been destroyed from the ultra distorted howling bass! It can't be described with words! The vocalist made some really creepy screams and screeches that fit the (anti) music perfectly.
After all the bands played a jam session started mostly with grind/noise stuff and I was drunk enough to dance with my friends and forget about the next day and that we had to leave and get back to the miserable routine of everyday life........
Till next time....smash a cop's face!