The 200 people that gathered at Temple Athens on Saturday 22nd of February were fortunate to witness a rare demonstration of pure gothic rock. Two bands that shared the stage, gave fantastic performances in front of a passionate crowd. I consider us Athenians to be very lucky, having been given the chance to see The Nosferatu (who reformed recently with their original founding members) perform their second only live show here in our city. The band that supported that night was none other than Opened Paradise, the leading gothic rock act in Greece.

OpenedParadise stepped onto the stage precisely at 9:30 as scheduled, starting off with "Senseless" from their debut album "Occult". With them was their new member Gregory (of post-punk / darkwave band Anima Triste) on second guitar. They continued with "Reverence" from their second album "Buried In Rain" and then with a nice selection from their discography, with "Deep Waters", "We Burn The Sky" that was played with great dynamic, "Leaving Dreamland" a personal favorite of mine and "Omega", a track from their EP "Tides". The band gave a really good performance, with great sound, delivering their heartful goth rock with singer Periklis dominating center stage delivering his passionate vocals. The songs "Sin" (a new song), "Visions Through The Circles Of Chaos" followed, closing their set with "Upon The Vast Universe".

TheNosferatu, were interviewed recently by Die Seele, prior to their live appearance here, telling us about the reasons of their reformation. At exactly 10:30, punctual like true Englishmen, the four band members Louis DeWray, Vlad Janicek, Rob Leydon, Chris Clark with backing vocalist Anastasia Resurrection started slowly appearing on the candle lighted stage, taking their positions, before launching into their set with "Alone". Immediately we were transported back to the early 90’s! From that first song we knew that we would be witnessing a very long overdue show by one of the iconic gothic rock legends of the 90’s Goth scene. Before we could catch our breath, they played us their ultimate hit "Dark Angel" with its characteristic heavy guitar riff. When playing this we saw the first human tower made in the audience, a goth tradition amongst diehard fans. They continued with the slower and beautifully romantic "Crysania". Singer Louis DeWray, wearing black shades, sung perfectly with his tortured heartbroken voice, moving with gentle moves, floating to and fro on the stage covered by the smoke. His fellow band mates, Vlad Janicek on bass, in true vampiric garb, was on his right and guitarist Rob Leydon (know also from his band Red Sun Revival) was on his left.

At this point they played us some new songs like the heavy "Demonicus" and the more atmospheric "For Eternity" and "Soliloquy", a song played for the first time live. Older tracks followed, such as "Abominations" from the album "Legend" and "Rise", "Vampyres Cry", "Lament", "Siren" from their legendary debut album "Rise" released way back in 1993. The band performed the old classics as they ought to be, true to their original form, backed by the great drumming of Chris Clark and the siren like backing vocals of Anastasia. They ended their set perfectly with "Close".

After a short break, where they introduced their band members and thanked the crowd for their warm welcome reception, they played for an encore the songs "Inside The Devil", "Lucy Is Read" and "The Wiccaman" leaving their fans surely satisfied.

Review+Photos:Nick Drivas