Date: May 13, 2012

Location: 7Sins Club, Athens – Greece

INQUISITION’s extensive touring schedule during the last years, brought them to Greece once again 1½  year after their first show in the same club. Unfortunately, this time far fewer fans showed up to attend a show of almost guaranteed old-school black metal but then it’s a fact that people here are going through hard times lately.

In any case, EMBRACE OF THORNS were much more than just a suitable opening act. Their continuous evolution has brought them to a level where (I believe) they should feel equal to most of the bands they play with. This time, although performing in somewhat inconvenient circumstances (stage lighting was absolutely tragic and sound, although not bad at all, could be a bit clearer to enhance the diversity of their songs), they gave the best gig among those I have attended. Tracks from recent opus “Praying For Absolution” (with the self-titled being a tremendous highlight) were performed in all their glory along with hymns from their past. I can’t wait to see them again in Berlin later this year.

For veterans INQUISITION there was no problem to continue the gig in full evil-metal atmosphere. In fact I believe that they were even better than last time, now also having yet another very good record (“Ominous Doctrines…”) in their back catalogue. Again they produced massive sonic walls, although being only two people on stage, setting high standards whether playing epic hymns or their more aggressive, early BATHORY driven tracks. Old (“Imperial Hymn For Our Master Satan”) and new (“Astral Path To Supreme Majesties”) tunes were combined causing a certain enthusiasm to the fans and the night carried on almost flawlessly since the sound was very good also, with the only negative thing being the low attendance, a fact that many times discourages promoters from bringing such underground bands to our country. So be it though, for those of us there were fortunate enough to be a part of mystical macrocosm full of dismal orations. Until next time, amigos!

“Nefarious Dismal Orations” live footage ~~> HERE

~ by antifleshnimbus on May 26, 2012.

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