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Drama Queen are a dark alternative band from Athens, Greece. They have been active since 2002. "Going Nowhere" is their second album released on their own label, Pyramid, five years after their debut "Artificial Galaxy". The new album features two new members. Iliada Kalamara on vocals and Kiki Karanikola on bass. Together with the older members, Dimitris Metania (songwriter / guitarist) and Chris Apergis (drums) they manage to keep the outfit’s tight sound in vein of what we heard on its predecessor.
 The album kicks off with the instrumental track "Cassini" that showcases their signature sound, straightforward gothic rock with post-punk elements. Nice guitar riffs, steady drum beat and brooding bass. What I really like about this band is the guitar work. Dimitris has a very unique sound, managing to play rhythm and lead guitar as one. The next song "Regrets", a darker track, was already known since the band had been playing it live. "This Narrow Place" that follows is one of the more up tempo tracks of the album that will surely catch you attention, especially I recon when preformed live. After a few listens the track "Greater Love" is a real standout. A heavy guitar riff reminiscent of Killing Joke paves the way for a dynamic track, rich with thumping drums and a nice vocal by Iliada.
 Midway with "Nuclear Winter" the tempo drops, revealing one of the softer moments of the album still keeping a dynamic touch with the help of the thumping tribal drumming before it burst to a rock steady tempo. The next three tracks "The Dance", "My Lucid Dream" and "Time Goes By" are more emotional, calmer, but without loosing the band's edge. The ending track, the eponymous "Going Nowhere" is in general the standard standout single. I was more familiar with this since it was uploaded on Youtube prior to the albums release. It sums up all their sound. Driving tight rhythm section, here with a more melodic approach, topped with Dimitris guitar layers of distorted and lush sounds.

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Review by Nick Drivas


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"Fragmented Identity" is the title of the debut album of Daria Leere (ex Monowelt). Initially released as a 5 song EP in digital format in early 2018, acting more like a preview sampler and establishing Leere as a new act, the album was properly released in CD format via Young and Cold Records during the summer, containing 9 songs (plus a bonus track). The album is now released in vinyl format.

Daria Leere ("Leere" meaning "emptiness" in German) manages to evolve Monowelt's sound to something completely different and new: a full electronic synth sound, based on various music styles, combined with multilayered vocal treatments, producing a fresh, powerful album full of energy and emotions, requiring attentive and repetitive listening.

Musically, some songs are minimal synth while others are pure industrial. Emotionally, the whole album has a cold wave atmosphere, giving an impression of sadness, incompleteness and desperation, but at the same time a feeling of total control and self-awareness. Vocally, great detail has been given in vocal tone variations and recordings. Daria speaks, whispers, sings, screams, shouts at different sound volumes in one song, even in different languages, giving an impression of various personalities and characters behind the microphone. Lyrically, songs are performed in English, German and Russian.

Actually, this is the album's main idea (and Leere's personal concept as an artist, as beautifully pointed out by herself while interviewed): The "Fragmented Identity" of a person, who was born and raised in one country and now lives and works in another, trying to communicate in a new language, let alone fit in a different culture, resulting in a person with various fragmented identities, usually using just basic english to make contact and be entertained or amused. A victim of globalisation one might say, otherwise a new privileged breed but with a fragmented identity.

The album starts with "Kirschbluten" ("Cherry blossoms" in English), a perfect bitter-sweet starter, featuring Daria's sensual singing over melodic cold wave synths and stable drum beats. Then comes "Viereck" ("Square" in English) one of the most representative songs of the album, with solid synth sound and deep esoteric lyrics, accompanied with a well-made promotional video, capturing perfectly Leere's artistic concept. Then comes "Rebell", a fast paced song reminiscent of the 80s Neue Deutsche Welle musical style, nicely executed, featuring also guest female vocals. "Moh" incorporates an electronic bass sound, while providing interesting combined double vocal work: Daria's familiar low tone voice over unusual high pitched vocals. "Baustelle" ("Construction site" in English) seems to have emerged from an old Einsturzende Neubauten lost recording: unaligned drum patterns, random backgound noises, unusual vocal treatments, repetitive minimal sounds. A very bold and impressive track, acting as a scary intermission in the middle of the album.



Next comes "Erik Voltage", an electronic twist, a weird song with such hidden energy that will make you dance or simply move your hands or legs to all directions. Then comes "zerbrechlich" ("Fragile" in English), another expressive emotional song based on Daria's personal lyrics and inner thoughts sung in German. Next is "Tod" ("Death" in English), a powerful pompous track featuring guest male vocal narration in Latin language and again a great vocal perfomance by Daria in German and Russian. Finally comes "Gleisdreieck" (actually an existing multi-platform railway station in Berlin) which is the most powerful track of the album, a musical industrial hurricane with nervous stressful singing in Russian. A track I personally find enjoying while driving. The CD version concludes with a bonus track: "Lach, doch!" a slow paced minimal synth track focusing mainly in the lyrics performed in German.


"Fragmented Identity" sounds surprisingly good and substantial, even after repetitive listening. A great selection of songs, making a solid album resembling a personal musical diary of a young woman, or -if you like- a fragmented identity.

Review by Stefanos Stavrides

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The Italian folk rock band Spiritual Front from Rome returned to Greece after a few years, this time promoting their new album "Amour Braque". The opening act was the new darkwave band Grey Gallows from the town of Patra.
 
This was Grey Gallows second live appearance. The duo took to the stage of club Death Disco around 10:00pm and presented a 45 minute set, with Konstantin (vocals / keys) and Dionisis (Guitar / bass / keys). Their songs where all from their debut album "Tears" that was just released on cassette and digitally by Peruvian InClub Records. They started with "The Only One", "In The Mercy Of God" and their digital single "Autumn Leaf". A good mixture of melodic darkwave with goth elements backed by Konstantin’s deep vocal. The continued with "Fading", "Grey Gallow" and "Ice" before they launched into their cover of "Alice", the Sisters Of Mercy classic. They ended their set with one of their more melodic electro tracks "Under The Grey Sky".



After a short break the stage was set for Spiritual Front with "Mama Roma", the 1962 movie by Pier Paolo Pasolini, already being projected on the video wall. The trio with frontman Simone "Hellvis" Salvatori (vocals and acoustic guitar), Andrea Freda (drums) and Riccardo Galati (guitars) stepped up on stage around 11:00pm an kicked off with some of their known songs such as "Cold Love (In A Cold Coffin) " and "Darkroom Friendship" from the 2010 album "Rotten Roma Casino", "I Walk The (Dead)Line" the great "Jesus Died In Las Vegas", "Hey Boy" and "Tenderness Through Violence". Simone is a very talented frontman. Talkative with the crowd, very expressive, swaying his acoustic guitar all around. The band as a whole really played out the part with their folk rock, americana and tango elements.



On "Slave" Simone Salvatori climaxed the song ending up playing guitar on his knees. Whereas on "Bastard Angel", another of the many tracks played from their 2006 album "Armageddon Gigolo", Simone stepped down from the stage and continued playing amongst the crowd. They ended their set with "Children of the Black Light" from their latest album where at the end all three members of the band banged away on drums finishing in a very impressive way.

Review & photos: Nick Drivas



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On Saturday, 15th of September, Death Disco had its live debut for the new season. Heading the bill were the German post-punk band Bleib Modern. The opening act was Mazoha a Greek artist from Thessaloniki.
 
Mazoha, a one man show, stepped onto the stage first. Jimmy Polioudis the singer and guitar player really took us by surprise. He also has another project called Vagina Lips. As Mazoha he was playing live for the first time at Death Disco. He showcased a nice dynamic set of songs filled with frenzy guitar. Mostly punky style with some My Bloody Valentine moments. I really liked two of his songs that had really emotional vocals, "Θύμισε Μου Να Μην Σκοτωθώ" (Remind me not to get killed) and "Τούβλα" (Bricks) taken from his first digital album "The Weight Of Existence".





The German post-punk band Bleib Modern were up next. This was the second time the band was playing live at Death Disco. They are currently on their Autumn Tour of Europe and had just performed in some other cities here in Greece. The Berlin and Munich based post-punk / cold wave band had gained many friends here from their first visit. The 5-piece band took their place on the stage and started their set of moody dark post-punk.

They opened with the track "Nothing" from their third album "Antagonism" released in 2017. Followed by tracks such as "Mindless", "Glass" and "Winter Mood" 
(from their debut album "All Is Fair In Love And War"), "Blackened Soul" and one of their most known melodic songs "I Don’t Like You" (from their second album "Vale Of Tears"), "Leave Me" and "Blue Avowal" to name a few . As a band on stage they seem to sink deep in their playing, all synchronized, building a solid moody sound, with the voice of Philipp Läufer looming over it all making the whole atmosphere very bleak. It’s not that easy nowadays to enjoy a guitar-based band especially one that has 3 guitarists! The crowd seemed to get into their brooding groove and enjoyed every minute of it. They closed their set with two new songs (
''Brian B-Goth'' and ''Ballade'') leaving the stage cheered on by the pleasured crowd.



Review & photos: Nick Drivas


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It’s always great being able to see new bands perform live. We had the chance to see on Saturday two new bands. The American band Second Still that has become widely known worldwide after the release of their debut album and the opening act Data Fragments.




  

The trio Data Fragments took to the stage and performed a half hour set. With Panos Dedepsidis on guitar, Stathis Leontiadis on bass and Panos Dimopoulos on synths, they gave us some really original new wave, post-punk sounding tracks, true to the 80’s spirit. Although this was their first live performance the played really well and tight. Two of their members have a history in the scene since Panos Dedepsidis previously played for the band Κωμωδία Θανάτου (Komodia Thanatou) and Stathis Leontiadis for the band Human Puppets and his solo act Doric. Out of the 7 tracks they played, one could say that the two already known from their demo "Falsifies The Facts" and "Nothing There" which was their closing track stood out.
  

  

  

Next on stage where Second Still, the post-punk / coldwave band from Los Angeles. This band has managed to make a name for itself in such a short time. This is because with their debut eponymous album released in 2017 they stood out immediately with their sound that was reminiscent of older days such as Siouxsie And The Banshees and early era 4AD bands such as the Cocteau Twins. Also a trio, with Ryan (guitar), Alex (bass) and Suki (vocals), Second Still delivered a nicely balanced set with songs from their up till now discography. This was also their final date of their European Tour having also performed at Wave-Gotik-Treffen in Leipzig. They performed their latest EP "Equals" in its entirely, with the tracks "Opening", "Automata", "Walls", "Altar", "Ashes", "In Order" and a selections from their debut "Try Not To Hide", "Strangers", "Judgment" and one of my personal favorites "Sleep". The crowd was taken by their performance and showed their appreciation. The sound was great and the band really kicked it with Ryan’s great guitar work and Alex’s brooding bass lines topped with Suki’s almost ethereal vocal. A really great gig in general with two promising bands that surely deserve our attention.

Review : Nick Drivas
Photos : Marilia Fotopoulou
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'Stimmen Der Seele' is a compilation created by DIE SEELE radio-webzine, featuring underground and some unsigned artists from dark alternative scene ,carefully selected to amaze the listener with authentically inspired music.
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released 2 May , 2018

A DieSeele radio production

Production,Editing: Nikos Katsigialos

Photography,Graphic Design: Marilia Fotopoulou


© 2018 All Music Copyrights belong to the bands



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How about we begin by talking about introducing yourselves and letting us know how and when was the band formed, the music production and the lyrics

The band took form as a duo in 2014 with Nick Drivas on guitar, bass, programming and Marily Kitsiona on vocals and piano. We had collaborated together in previous bands (Starblind, Soho 6) during the 90s and 00s and after a long absence from the scene we decided to do something new again. It all started when I finally recorded a song I had in mind for at least 25 years! Even back then when I wrote the song I knew it was destined for a duo with female vocals. So it was just the right time now that we decided to form the band just the two of us. Nick usually records the songs first and then Marily adds the vocals and melodies to lyrics written by both.

Do you consider your music to be part of the current ethereal/dream pop scene, or any scene? Defining one's sound by genre can be tiresome, but do you feel that the band identifies closely with any genre? How do you feel about genres in music, in a general sense?

We are not aware of any current ethereal/dream pop scene, although we do see a lot of new music made by bands of the genre from America mostly. I think our sound does define our music as ethereal/dream pop. We also tend to have a darkwave direction as well since one can say that that’s where Nick’s music origins lay. Marily has a more indie background.

What do you think of modern ethereal/dream pop artists, any favorites?

I really like the latest album "The Edge of Winter" by the Australian band Eden. Also we found the new single "Undone" by Californian shoegaze band Soft Science to be very good. It’s nice seeing great music of this genre still being made. You can discover something new every day.

Listening to your music, Cocteau Twins or Sarah records style come to my mind. What artists (musicians or otherwise) have most influenced your work?

The Cocteau Twins are a definite influence. The whole idea and structure of the band revolves around them one might say. By having female vocals up to using a drum machine. But we also have a more pop side in the likes of bands such as Lush, which we are very fond of. But we don’t tend to just try and just copy bands such as these. We just let the music evolve on its own. You never know how a song will turn out in the end. Usually we have different a picture of the song at the beginning, when it is first recoded by Nick, but when the vocals are added later by Marily things change a lot from the original idea. The writing process is the most rewarding part for us.

What do you think about advances in recording technology as you don’t have to hire a pricey studio in order to produce something?

In our case it is a really big advantage. Because of our personal commitments, work, family, etc. we don’t have a lot of time. So now that we can record and demo the songs at home, it makes us able to write material and have the band. Otherwise it wouldn’t be possible. But we do go to a professional studio to record the vocals and do the final mix. We want at least the final result to the best possible.

The internet has obviously opened things up massively .What do you think about the new forms of spreading music?

It’s great. Now with a band page and some uploaded songs or videos you can have your music listened by people all over the world. That’s fantastic. The only thing is, is that there is so much out there, it take some digging to actually find it. But many good bands surface in one way or another, as with various digital compilations. I think the "Stimmen Der Seele" compilation series by Die Seele do a fine job in that sense.

Your songs take part in several compilations. Can you tell us what the band has been working on and what you've got forthcoming in the near future (new songs, any physical releases, live performances, etc.)?

We released a 7" split single that featured our debut song "Grey Skies April Skies" with the band Remain In Light back in 2016. Since then we have participated in the Paul Roland tribute "Alice’s Curiosities" with our dream pop cover "Alice’s House" and the "Stimmen Der Seele" compilation series with the tracks "Shadows Fade To Light" and our latest "Drown In Shallow Ground". At the moment we are in the progress of writing new material for our first full length album. We have finally reached a good amount of songs to achieve this and there’s always a new idea popping up. So it’s just a matter of time to finalize them so as to have something to release. We are thinking of releasing the album in some sort of physical form. We like having physical releases. Although if until then we are offered to participate in another compilation we will be glad to do so. It’s a nice way to put yourself out there and motive us to do something. As for live appearances, well that’s not something we have in mind at the moment. Our goal is to prepare the material. If in the future an opportunity turns up and we feel up to it, it might happen.



Photos by Marilia Fotopoulou



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What a night !! Friday 11 May and the 3 big names of Fabrika records (selofan, she past away, lebanon hanover) in the same gig and  Gagarin music space full of people.






Selofan opened the gig giving their annual show in Athens.The duet for one more time gave a well-established perfomance presenting their new album 'Vitrioli' and a selection of previous albums. Oldschool ebm energy , coldwave melancholy , batcave and postpunk sometimes retro sometimes ritual atmosphere.Joanna and Dimitris as usually manage to perform a show full of interesting wide-ranged elements, musically, theatrically and visually.


After Selofan , She Past Away on stage. The Turkish duo gave another live performance for the Athenian audience-the second in a year as their  popularity in Greece is growing . Catchy synth loops, solid drum machine and guitar and somber vocals making everyone to dance . As i have seen them on stage two times before , I think that it was their best live performance.Those who were in this gig defininetely enjoyed the new stuff presaging a great upcoming album.





Last on stage Lebanon Hanover. Larissa Iceglass and William Maybelline gave another great performance  built up in emotional vocals, liquid chords, dramatic keys, and distorted digital waves where the duo recalls the sounds of industrial and post punk of the 80's. They presented their new album 'Let Them Be Alien' ('alien' ,'petals' , 'my favourite black cat' ) and songs from their previous albums.

In conclusion, Fabrika festival was succesful and the 1000+ people who enjoyed the gig were very satisfied in the end .Thank you guys for the beautiful night and see you in the next gig :)


Photos : Marilia Fotopoulou
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When Berlin-based Vlimmer released his first two EPs,”I” and “II”, in winter 2015 DIE SEELE described them as "two impressive releases" and “really original”.
They marked the opening of an 18-EP journey which awaits his 10th edition on 4 May. Besides the ever remaining atmospherical character of the music which is loosely based in the post-punk, shoegaze, kraut and darkwave genres, change has always been the constant.

Never has Vlimmer opened an EP in a catchier way than on the upcoming “X”:“Nachwehen” has a deep post-punk bass, a slowed down drum loop and forlorn synths. Alexander Leonard Donat sounds like a fucked-up Robert Smith who’s backed by the sound of rattling bones. With the additional glockenspiel and the piano it’s a mid-tempo song of morbid beauty that states that getting closer to the sky doesn’t necessarily make earthly problems go away.

The 30 minutes of “X” will be available on CD, cassette and as download soon.

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The Chameleons were an English post-punk band formed in Middleton, six miles north of Manchester in 1981. Known for their atmospheric, guitar-based sound and passionate lyrics, the Chameleons are regarded as one of the most underrated Manchester bands of the 1980s. Under the moniker The ChameleonsVox, they were formed by Mark Burgess (singer and bassist) of the band after The Chameleons disbanded.

With this outfit Mark Burgess preformed and brought back to life the sound and the magic of the classic songs of The Chameleons at club Death Disco in Athens last Saturday, April 21st. The gig was sold out and the venue was at its full capacity. The band played a full two hour set with all their classics, playing something from all their albums. As soon as they stepped onto the stage they launched into "Don't Fall" followed by "Here Today" and "Monkeyland" from their debut album the legendary "Script Of The Bridge" released in 1983, making the crowd go wild. The sound was terrific and the band played very well delivering the songs in the way they ought to. Songs loved and cherished by all music lovers of the new wave genre.




"Looking Inwardly" and "Perfume Garden" (another standout) from their second album "What Does Anything Mean? Basically" followed. Mark was in great shape and was very passionate, delivering hit after hit. Nearly all the hits and fan favorites were played, such as "Less Than Human". But it was the songs from their third album "Strange Times" that took up most of the set, with "Tears", "Mad Jack", "Soul In Isolation", "In Answer", "I'll Remember" and "Second Skin". The main part of their set closed with "Singing Rule Britannia". After a small break the band returned to the stage and preformed firstly "Caution" and "Swamp Thing" from "Strange Times" (which was almost played in its entirely) and their first single "In Shreds".



Review by Nick Drivas


Photos by Marilia Fotopoulou
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