Cathedral @ Gagarin205, Athens (GRE)

CATHEDRAL / VIOLET VORTEX / INFIDEL

Date: 01th October, 2011
Venue: Gagarin205
Ticket: €25 / 30 ($33 / 40)
Promoter: Catch The Soap Productions
Photos: Nikos Palaiologos


Damn! Four years had passed since the last time CATHEDRAL paid a visit to Greece. This time it was different though. The British Doom Metal legends had announced that this would the last time for anyone to watch them on stage and doomsters, metalheads, rockers and people didn’t miss the chance to buy a ticket and witness a mind-blowing live event. Many bands have split up and reunited after only a few years. Let’s hope CATHEDRAL won’t be a part of this, but time will tell for sure. After all, who would say no for one more CATHEDRAL show in 4-5 years from now?

So, we were already in the venue and it was not as crowded as I expected it to be, but people start popping out of nowhere filling the blank spaces around us. The first band that tried to attract our attention and warm us up was INFIDEL, a Greek Doom Metal band full of skilled musicians and concrete sound. To be really honest, even though I own their debut “I, Oathbreaker” I never managed to find something “special” in their music or something that would let’s say describe me as a fan. The Greek quartet was a well worked all around band though, something they managed to prove once again on stage. With a strong and heavy as hell sound and the singer’s almost occult, classic heavy Doom vocals (my only objection is on his screams), the band did a really good job.

INFIDEL

Infidel @ Gagarin205 (photos by Nikos Palaiologos) Infidel @ Gagarin205 (photos by Nikos Palaiologos) Infidel @ Gagarin205 (photos by Nikos Palaiologos) Infidel @ Gagarin205 (photos by Nikos Palaiologos)

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The next band to hit the stage was VIOLET VORTEX, an almost legendary Greek Doom band with more than a decade of history on the scene. First of all, I have to admit that I had way more fun than with INFIDEL. Secondly, the band actually featured a kind of more diverse sound with down tempo classic Doom parts giving their place to groovier Stoner elements full of boogie. Once again, my objection concerned the band’s vocalist. Of course, he is not a bad vocalist, not at all, but his full of vibrato singing reminded me of some cult epic Heavy Metal bands of the past, something that didn’t really fit the music based on my own personal taste. Other than that, the audience seemed to have a lot of fun and I am sure VIOLET VORTEX earned some new fans from that night.

VIOLET VORTEX

Violet Vortex @ Gagarin205 (photos by Nikos Palaiologos) Violet Vortex @ Gagarin205 (photos by Nikos Palaiologos) Violet Vortex @ Gagarin205 (photos by Nikos Palaiologos) Violet Vortex @ Gagarin205 (photos by Nikos Palaiologos)

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It was probably somewhere around 11pm - 11:30pm when the British Doom Metal titans made their appearance onstage! We were already ecstatic since CATHEDRAL had  REPULSION’s bassist Scott Carlson and for the first time in Greece they had keyboards on the stage (so “Cosmic Funeral” was in the setlist) and... Well, we were totally stoned, hahaha! So without any further delay, off we went! The band greeted us, grabbed the instruments and the high and mighty Lee Dorian walked behind the microphone showing us that this was going to be a night to remember. With a few sound problems that didn’t seem to annoy anyone during such an emotional night, CATHEDRAL began their ritual grooving our asses with hymns like “Vampire Sun”, “Cosmic Funeral”, “Ebony Tears”, “Night Of The Seagulls”, “Carnival Bizarre”, “Midnight Mountain”, “Corpsecycle”, “Ride”, “Hopkins (The Witchfinder General)” and more packed in one hour and about 40 minutes with two encores and a theatrical performance by Lee Dorian who proved once again that he is one of the best frontmen around. Despite the fact that Mr Dorian kept reminding us that, this is their last show here, as well as Europe in general, CATHEDRAL treated that night like it was just an ordinary show. Foolish for some, better for those who wanted that night to remain a party, not a funeral.

It was the second time I had the privilege to watch these living legends onstage and it was definitely the best. I don’t know if it was because I knew this was the last time I would have the chance to do something like that, but the band delivered an honest and passionate show. I usually end by saying “until next time”, but not this time. So, too bad for those who missed it. Farewell CATHEDRAL and thank you for those beautiful 20+ years...

CATHEDRAL setlist:

01.  Intro
02. "Vampire Sun"
03. "Enter The Worms"
04. "Soul Sacrifice"
05. "Midnight Mountain"
06. "Funeral Of Dreams"
07. "Cosmic Funeral"
08. "Carnival Bizarre"
09. "Night Of The Seagulls"
10. "Ebony Tears"
11. "The Casket Chasers"
12. "Upon Azrael's Wings"
13. "Corpsecycle"
14. "Ride"
15. "Utopian Blaster"
16. "Hopkins (Witchfinder General)"

CATHEDRAL

Cathedral @ Gagarin205 (photos by Nikos Palaiologos) Cathedral @ Gagarin205 (photos by Nikos Palaiologos) Cathedral @ Gagarin205 (photos by Nikos Palaiologos) Cathedral @ Gagarin205 (photos by Nikos Palaiologos)
Cathedral @ Gagarin205 (photos by Nikos Palaiologos) Cathedral @ Gagarin205 (photos by Nikos Palaiologos) Cathedral @ Gagarin205 (photos by Nikos Palaiologos) Cathedral @ Gagarin205 (photos by Nikos Palaiologos)

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Sanctuary @ Gagarin205 (photos by Harry Papadopoulos)