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Isolated Youth are a new post-punk band from Sweden that just released this February their debut EP "Warfare" on 12" vinyl out by the Greek Fabrika Records of the Lebanon Hanover and Selofan fame. Isolated Youth were formed in a small coastal city just north of Stockholm on the first of March in 2017 by brothers William and Axel Mårdberg along with Egon Westberg Larsson and Andreas Geidemark. Since then, the band have made several intense performances.

The EP contains 5 songs reminiscent of post-punk but with their own distinctive and original approach. First track is "Oath" that immediately catches your attention with its hypnotic melodic bassline and haunting drums. Then the guitars and vocals crash in and we are taken by their vulnerable fragility and soaring beauty. Axel Mårdberg’s high pitched emotional vocal notes collide with the ringing guitars by his brother William. Next, we have "Warfare", a subtler track characterized by its rhythmic strumming guitar and Axel’s sorrowful interpretation. The next song "Safety" was already known, since the band had made a beautiful video for it portraying the band playing in candlelit old abandoned mansion. One of the standout tracks that contains all these elements which make this band worthwhile and interesting. Melancholy melodic tunes with heartbroken vocals that climax towards the end in a rage. "Gold Lane" that follows is a gentle guitar driven slow piece that gradually grows with the whole band thumping away.  

Although they have that 80s dark sound, not everything here is black. There is a lighter element to them, a more indie approach in they way they deliver the songs that make them breathe more freely and not being pigeonholed in the dark/post-punk stereotype. Something that the I think is managed with the shimmering guitars and their distinctive vocals. This is better featured on the last track "Seasons", a wonderful catchy melodic tune that becomes instantly additive. A great fresh debut by a very promising band.



Review by Nick Drivas
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This year Death Disco went big. Instead of having its annual Minifest at its own club’s stage it chose to do it at a larger venue. So, this year it was held at Fuzz Live Music Club. The lineup consisted of the Belgian post-punk band Whispering Sons, the Italian electro darkwave duo The Frozen Autumn, the English neoclassical darkwave unit In The Nursery and as headliners the European electronic EBM outfit VNV Nation. A great lineup with a bit of all trends of the Dark alternative scene with bands from across all the 40 years of the genre’s history!




First up on stage where Whispering Sons. The venue was still not full when they began but gradually the audience was building up during their performance. The band had played the previous night a secret gig on the stage of Death Disco in front of a lucky audience, preforming a one-and-a-half-hour set. At the fest they played eleven songs, kicking off with "Stalemate" from their debut album "Image". Their set and stage appearance were brilliant. Their dark tunes have that ability to really catch your attention. They delivered very passionately their intense post-punk songs with singer Fenne Kuppens, who was dressed all in white, standing out with her deep voice and her lively presence on stage. Apart from songs from the album they played their great singles "White Noise" and "Performance", ending in the best of ways with "Waste".





The electro darkwave band The Frozen Autumn from Turin Italy were next. The duo gave another twist to the fest with their more electro sounds and rhythms. They are no strangers to the Greek crowd, and they have a loyal fanbase here. Its members Diego Merletto and Froxeanne, switched positions between them on stage, taking to the microphone or keyboards, according to the songs. Some of their songs that stood out from their set were "Silence Is Talking", one of my favorites "Is Everything Real?" and "I Love You But I've Chosen Synthesizers".





In The Nursery, that followed, fronted by twin bothers Klive and Nigel Humberstone presented a great set with tracks taken from their long discography. Together with them on stage were Dolores Marguerite C. on vocals and David Electrik on drums. They captivated the audience with their neoclassical dark wave style that has many martial industrial elements and an overall cinematic feel. Starting off with "Crepuscule", from their 2011 album "Blind Sound" the band introduced us to their majestic sound. The track "Mystery" from way back 1983 stood out with its bassline, as did "Rainhall", "Sixth Sense" and "Artisans of Civilization". One thing that makes them unique is the use of big kettle drums and various other drum sets. Together with the use of synths and bass they create a massive sound. They ended their set with the magnificent epic martial track "L’Espirit".





By this time the venue was full, since VNV Nation were the major attraction. They began with "A Million", from their latest album "Noire" with frontman Ronan Harris taking center stage doing his poetic spoken word thing. They proceeded with "Retaliate", "Armour", the slower song "Illusion", "Honor" which started with Ronan screaming “I hate war!”. In general, he was very communicative with the crowd, always trying to lift spirits up and make everyone dance, a charismatic performer. With "When Is The Future?" things had fired up and everyone was in dance mood. Tracks like "Space & Time", "Control", "Resolution", "Nova" and "Standing" followed. Finishing with "All Our Sins" closing track from the album "Noire". At the end, as a grand finale, Ronan brought all the band members of the other acts on stage thanking the audience who cheered ecstatically.

Review : Nick Drivas
Photos : Marilia Fotopoulou

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The Greek project created in 1994 by Spyros Giasafakis and Evi Stergiou that play Ancient Greek Music with the instruments from this era, mixed with neoclassic, gothic and folk influences, performed last night at club Gagarin in Athens Greece. Since their relocation to London, Daemonia Nymphe hadn’t preformed in Greece for ten years! So the anticipation was very big. Something that showed from the moment we arrived at the venue where there was a huge queue outside for people waiting to get their ticket. Their performance started at exactly 10:00 pm in front of a well packed venue. With a deep droning sound, Spyros Giasafakis appeared on stage holding a lyre with singer Victoria Cooper at his side. Then Evi Stergeiou joined them banging on a drum. From the first minute they created a mystic, magical mood, captivating the audience with their hair-raising music. Then Evi Stergiou took to center stage with the backing singers on her left and right. Behind them stood Spyros Giasafakis with the rest of the musicians. In total the ensemble, consisted of seven musicians and two dancers.



For the next two hours, the band gave us a taste of their ethereal world music, using reproductions of ancient Greek instruments on many of the songs. While the band where playing, the two dancers gave a spectacular show, moving amongst the musicians. In many cases they gave fire dances that suited the mood of the music giving it that ritual taste. Their set had something from all their discography. I personally was overwhelmed by the beautiful ethereal vocals on "Enchanting Oneiro" and "Politeia of the unnamed" that featured the talented Victoria Cooper with her heavenly voice. Other standouts where "Thracian Gaia" and "Psychostasia". In the middle of the set they played two ancient Greek pieces, one being the "Seikilos epitaph", the only surviving score in its whole.


























During the second hour, as things started to heat up and the audience was getting really into it cheering and clapping during the songs to the beat, we heard some of their older classics like "Hymn to Bacchus" and "Dance Of The Satyrs". They closed the set with the Greek traditional pagan song "Anastenarides". After all the musicians and dancers gave their final bow and left the stage, they returned after the tremendous enthusiastic demand of the crowd for an two song encore ending with "Thracian Gaia" played once again.

Review : Nick Drivas
Photos : Marilia Fotopoulou
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