Flotsam And Jetsam, Memorain, Desert Near The End & Hailsteel live in Athens 2016

Unfortunately, despite having headed out early enough to reach Kytarro under normal traffic, I got delayed by congestion caused by some strikers parading through the central streets that caused a bit of traffic chaos, so I really managed to arrive just as Hailsteel were getting off the stage. A really youthful bunch of guys, who according to some of the people who I asked, did more than an OK job of trying to warm up the few people that had made it early into the venue.

Flotsam And Jetsam - Flotsam And Jetsam

One has to give it to Flotsam & Jetsam for still doing what they do, a dozen albums in a well more than thirty-year career that seemed to peak too early and then get tangled in an almost endless stream of less than ideal successive albums that really didn’t manage to take the band onto the next level, despite their obvious talents. They have tried hard especially this side of the millennium but probably only “My God” and “The Cold” did measure up somewhat to the glory-days of their sophomore “classic” releases…

KingBathmat - Overcoming the Monster

KingBathmat is a psychedelic/progressive/alternative rock band from Hastings in England. The band have now released seven albums: “Son of a Nun” (2003), “Crowning Glory” (2004), “Fantastic Freak Show Carnival” (2005), “Blue Sea, Black Heart” (2008), “Gravity Field” (2009), “Truth Button” (2012) and most recently “Overcoming the Monster” (2013).

KingBathmat - Truth Button

This UK based prog/psych/rock quartet named KingBathmat has been making music for almost a decade now. Auspiciously, their new 5th studio album is entitled “Truth Button”.
KingBathmat are presenting a very “strange” mix of music styles on this album. Of course, that “weird” music amalgamation had been present on their previous releases as well. I guess it’s nothing new to the band’s fans. But for all the others, I must say that the band’s music is a crossover of prog rock, psychedelic rock (70s), grunge, alternative, atmospheric, heavy rock (a.k.a. stoner) & hard rock. The sound is sorta contemporary, but it still has that 90s grunge/alternative/stoner taste.

Flotsam And Jetsam - Ugly Noise

I believe that it’s crucial for every band to evolve through the course of time instead of being trapped inside its own ego & keep repeating itself on and on. Obviously, the fans are skeptical when they are about to experience something that they are not aware of… but then again here comes the everlasting question… who does a band make music for? Do they do so to satisfy their fans or express their creativity, huh?

Year of the Goat - Angels’ Necropolis

That was a much anticipated release by the fans of occult rock music. The two previous EPs had left them wanting for more so, finally, these Swedish guys came up with their debut album. Taking their musical inspiration as well as their occult/satanic atmosphere & lyrical concept by bands such as: Black Sabbath, Black Widow, Wishbone Ash, Lucifer Was, Blue Oyster Cult, Witchfynde, Coven among others, Year of the Goat was proven to be a quite good apprentice.

The Rock Alchemist - Eyes of Mind

The Rock Alchemist was formed in 2009 in Italy. Consisting of members from the Italian scene - some of them were together in other bands as well - it didn’t take them much time to start rehearsing & playing live gigs. So, after a while their debut album, entitled “Eyes of Mind”, was ready for the public.

Bloody Summers signs with Soulseller Records

Bloody Summers, the psychedelic/doom/occult rock project, has inked a deal with Soulseller Records. The band's self titled album "Bloody Hammers" will be released in November.
“I am thrilled to join the SoulSeller roster, and have complete confidence in their ability to successfully promote and distribute the album", said Jerry Anders, vocalist for Bloody Hammers. “Jorn and SoulSeller are very ambitious, yet very easy to work with”.