Last Saturday turned out to be a truly great Gothic Rock night at club Death Disco in Athens. Three bands shared the stage in front of a passionate and thirsty audience. The line-up consisted of the unknown London/Berlin based Das Fluff, German goth rockers Still Patient? and the legendary pagan goth band Inkubus Sukkubus from Gloucestershire, UK.

As soon as I entered the club Das Fluff where already on stage. The three-piece categorize their music as post-punk electro filth and that’s what they brought to their act. Frontwoman Dawn Lintern with her cyber goth hair extensions stood out as she performed quite wild, at times just singing, other times playing guitar as well engaging with the crowd. At one point she stepped down from the stage and ended up laying on the floor amongst the crowd. The other members where more laidback providing Theremin and fuzzy guitar. Their live sound was harsher compared to their recoded material. They played newer songs at the start like "Obey", "Love and Peace", "Bleed Me Dry", "Bom Bom", "Love Bites", "Lost In The Sky", "Millennial" and they closed their set with the older track "Rage" from their 2013 debut album "Meditation and Violence".

Next up where the most anticipated Still Patient?. This was their first time in Greece and both, their fans and the band, where in a good vibe. They began with an intro that was actually a portion of their most known older track "Shadow Of The Empire" turning the crowd wild from the very beginning before it transcended into "Mascara Osiris". They continued very dynamic, playing a great mixture of songs from all their albums, old and newer from their 2013 reformation and after. Their set-list included "The Ghosts of Tides", "Breathe", "Impact", "Seconds Of Fame", "Gods And Satan", "My Darkness Divine", "Drag Me Down", "Metropolis", "The Last Chime" and "Chameleon". Singer Andy Koa provided great vocals and was very easygoing with the crowd, talkative and showing, just as the rest of the band, that they were enjoying every minute of their performance. Guitarist Marcus and Pogue-o with Guido on bass where bashing away the riffs of every track moving around on stage pairing themselves together in true rock spirit. The crowd was going wild especially in the mosh pit where their hardcore fanbase was. They also made the traditional "human tower" at one point giving that extra spice to top the gothic rock evening in the right way. They ended their set with two of their classics, "Anavryn" and "Agoraphobia" before ending with "Sweet Messiah", an old song they hadn’t played in 25 years!

After a short break Inkubus Sukkubus took to the stage Celebrating their 30 years and gave a really great set of songs. This was their third time in Greece so their following new what to expect. The bands core Tony McKormack and Candia Ridley with Roland Link on bass started off with "Vampire Queen" from their latest album of the same name. Then, they plunged into a nonstop pagan goth frenzy with "Lose Yourself at the Nymphaeum", their classic cover version of "Paint It Black", "Night Angel", "Vampyre Erotica", "City Of The Dead" and "Heart Of Lilith" where by hearing  Candia sing “She's a witch, a siren, and a vampire” it couldn’t describe her in a better way. She was radiant, her voice in top shape and captivating and as always was wearing a wreath with white flowers. The set continued with "The Goat" where Candia did the known choreography with the devil sign, "Queen of Heaven Queen of Hell", the mega hit "Belladonna & Aconite", "Angel of Lust", "Away With The Faeries", "Messalina" closing with another old favorite the oldschool goth rocker "Wytches" that climaxed with characteristic vocal lines “Isis Astarte Diana Hectate Demeter Kali Inanna”. After the crowd cheered them on, they returned playing once again "Vampyre Erotica" as an encore.


Review + Photos : Nick Drivas