The past months a large number of great bands visited Greece and enlisted our country to their tour destinations, even if the economical situation of our country is not the ideal. But what happens when three of the most important bands of our age plan to arrange two gigs in Greece? Well, the answer stands below, in this concert report. I am referring to The Ocean’s Pelagial World Tour of course. After the major success of ‘Pelagial’, The Ocean planned a great world tour in which they could perform the whole’ Pelagial’. Together as one, the band joined forces with two great bands and friends of their, Tides from Nebula and Abraham, both bands with extra-strong releases. The outcome; a destructive show!
While the start time for the first band is approaching, many decided to visit Gagarin 205 for the show early, being able to hear the support acts too. The doors opened and approximately forty minutes later Abraham walked on stage. The band’s two lead singers opened the show, while the whole crew appeared a few seconds after. Their set was mostly created with tracks off the latest record, ‘The Serpent, The Prophet, The Whore’. As a result we had the chance to listen live favorite songs like ‘Start with a Heartbeat’, ‘The Chymical Fiance’ or ‘Carcasses’. Their vocalist, who played keyboards, too, is an absolute lunatic on stage (with every possible meaning of the word). With plenty of energy he was singing, headbanging and climbing on the speakers, having the time of his life. Along with the other members, I would say the band is solid and greatly bonded together, with their songs to sound spectacular live.
When Abraham finished their set, it was time for Tides from Nebula to perform and shake the venue. The band is the ideal one to force your mind travel away and your body to relax. Their post-rock melodies provide some ear-orgasms. I didn’t attend their previous concert in Athens last year and I was curious to watch the instrumental band from Poland performing. With a lovely mood, the band started their set. We heard a lot of songs off ‘Eternal Movement’, their latest record. ‘Only With Presence’, ‘Up from Eden’ are only a few songs we had the chance to hear. The venue got loaded with ambient, post-rock melodies and everyone had a great time. Tides From Nebula are one of the most friendly to the audience bands I had the chance to hear and on stage they totally rock, moving up and down all the time and giving their 100% for the fans. The band thanked the fans many times but we should thank them back regarding the fact that they were explosive while performing.
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