Birthmark

Birthmark, from Athens in Greece is the electro-rock quintet of Adamantine Arvanitis, Argyris Tsoukalas, Elias Goulas, Kontantinos Peyos and Jacob Siaparinas.

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Birthmark – photo by astygraph

Plumes of slowly unfolding synthetics drift around the room, giving Birthmark an atmospheric flow of sound, which is given support and foundation by submerged instrumentation whilst the percussion is given stage to beat like a lighthouse beacon peering through smoke. To which a finely delivered vocal adds both tenderness and fragility providing the connections to the elements and the listener finds themselves drawn into the mystical sound the emerges from the speakers.

Whilst the music contains intricate layers, there is a sense of the essential core of the sound being readily available.

Having originally formed as Cuore Nero in 2001, two quick name changes followed in 2004 initially to Anima then Birthmark. In 2012 the band became a five piece with a shift in sound to electro-rock with the use of samples and synths. Over the past three years the sound has developed further to their now more ethereal textures which culminated in the release of the LP Subtract earlier this year.

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Subtract – Birthmark is available on iTunes.*

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Lower Cut

Lower Cut from Athens in Greece, is the dream-rock quintet of Eirini Argyri (Vocals), Alex Darmis (Synths / Samples / Programming), Yannis Efthymiou (Bass / Synths / Programming), Billy Mpaldos (Drums) and Vangelis Stavroulakis (Guitar).

Lower Cut - dream-rock from Greece

Lower Cut

Lower Cut are able to fuse the electronic gadgets with instrumentation to deliver music overflowing with textures and moods, yet able to push the played instruments forward in performance to allow the quintet to provide the audience with a sense of connectivity and rounding out the compositions is a luscious vocal that spreads around the room like butter melting into crumpets.

The electronics, whilst the spine of the sound, are not overwhelming as their dreamy layers drift luxuriantly across the ears, to which a forceful percussion cleaves a path through the mistiness and the guitar punctuates the refrains. It is the ability of the voice to create a further dimension to the out-put that raises Lower Cut to a band it is well worth investing time.

Having taken a few months out from live performance, Lower Cut are set to come back to the stage and by reports a band to get out to see, for those not able to get to gigs their recorded material is worth adding to the collection.

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Off My Head – Lower Cut is available on iTunes.*

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Kooba Tercu

Kooba Tercu from Athens in Greece is the experimental-rock sextet of John Tercu (Vocals), Kostantinos (Guitar), Voltas (Percussion), Philip (Drums), Mits (Synth) and Kosmas (Bass).

Kooba Tercu - Experimental rock from Greece

Kooba Tercu

Taking tried and trusted progression of rock tracks Kooba Tercu inject a seam of acid to the core, filling the frothing spaces with dark industrial influences, giving the resulting out-put a stark and gloomy presence that permeates the room. Whilst somewhat experimental the sound doesn’t veer off the edge of the page and the listener is able to discern a direction of travel.


Kooba Tercu express the uncertainties and societal disconnect across much of the world, giving the material absolute relevance to the ’10s.  The electronics allow the sextet to take the music far further into the exploration of these considerations than would be the case with standard rock instrumentation and they combine the various elements in music that seems to absorb the brains thinking patterns and drawing the mind into the sounds.

An eponymous LP was released last month, which is available on bandcamp with provides just under forty minutes of creativity and is worth spending the time with to get to know Kooba Tercu.

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Ghost Season

The Athens, Greece, based Ghost Season is a rock quintet comprising – Nick Lountos (Vocals), Nick Christolis (Guitars), Nash Sinner (Guitar), Dorian Gates (Bass) and Chris Grekas (Drums).

Ghost Season - rock from Greece

Ghost Season

A mesmerising flurry of percussion spirals around the room as Ghost Season bring their metal inspired melodic rock to the audience. It is easy to imagine the quintet filling a big stadium with their commodious guitars which soar out of the speakers with fluidity and prowess. Only a year and a bit old, the quintet sound as through they have been together far longer.


Ghost Season fill the ears with powerful undertow that is driven by the bass and rip current drums as the two guitars add complexity through wave upon wave of chords whilst the vocal rounds out the music with a classic rock presence.

The genre of heavy-rock inspired sounds is a space in which many bands jostle for notice yet Ghost Season manage to carve out some room through skilful musicianship that deservedly allows the spotlight to rest upon their out-put.

Still establishing their fan-base and live performance presence, Ghost Season have been able to release their first EP – Ghosts Like Her, which serves as a fine introduction to a band who have the potential to travel far and I wish them every success. Rumour has it of an LP to follow – this year.

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Ghosts Like Her – EP – Ghost Season is available on iTunes.*

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12gafs

12gafs from Athens in Greece is the alt-rock quartet of Panos Glinos, Dimitris Sakellariou, Antonis Mantakas and Vassilis Petris.

12gafs - alt-rock from Greece

12gafs

Don’t hit play until you are standing up as 12gafs skittle around the room in a delightful fizz of dance steps. A sublime beat slips its way into the body and you will find yourself catching your breath with an involuntary six step as the quartet sizzle up ’50s to the ’10s in a natural progression.


12gafs are not all about fast pace, as they have the ability to slow down the music completely to a darker more considered space with songs that reflect of emotional tumult and this ability to focus energies from the physical to the mind gives the quartet a place of more than passing interest.

A well tempered percussion holds the out-put together as all else is framed by the ever present beating drums. The bass is given responsibility for setting the mood of pieces, whilst guitars paint the flourishes as an expressive vocal finesses the variations of theme and the resulting delivery by 12gafs lays comfortably on the ears, whilst retaining attention.

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An eponymous LP is available on bandcamp, which serves more as an introduction compilation as all the songs were recorded separately and subsequently gathered together.

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