The lights dimmed, the eager crowd gathered in Temple Athens and the stage was set for a night of thrash metal featuring three great Greek bands: Devil Rolling Dice, Released Anger and Flames. Each group brought its own unique flair to the stage, creating an atmosphere charged with energy and nostalgia.

The evening commenced with Devil Rolling Dice, hailing from Athens. The band's thrash, heavily influenced by both the raw power of the '80s and the technical brilliance of the '90s, showcased a masterful blend of styles. The vocal delivery, reminiscent of the legendary Angel Ripper, resonated through the venue with a tone that captivated the audience from the first note. A standout moment came with their powerful rendition of Sepultura's "Propaganda," a cover that left a lasting impression and set the tone for the night.

Next up was Released Anger, a seasoned presence in the Greek thrash scene. With years of experience under their belts, the band delivered a storm of old-school thrash that took us by force. The sound was not only great but incredibly tight and explosive, eliciting a moshpit frenzy in the depths of the crowd. This performance marked their return after a six-year hiatus, introducing a new singer who seamlessly blended with the band's established sound. The inclusion of fresh material added an exciting dimension to their set.

Closing the night was Flames, a historical force in the Greek metal scene. Their old-school sound, infused with '80s elements, echoed through the venue, evoking a sense of nostalgia and admiration. Despite a minor technical glitch, the band powered through, delivering a set that covered nearly their entire recording career. The stage presence was electrifying, and the energy emanating from Flames resonated with the audience, leaving an indelible mark on those fortunate enough to witness their performance.

In conclusion, the concert featuring Devil Rolling Dice, Released Anger and Flames was a triumphant celebration of Greek thrash metal. Each band brought its own distinctive style to the stage, creating a diverse and dynamic experience for the audience. The evening showcased not only the enduring talent of these iconic bands but also the vibrant and thriving Greek extreme metal scene!

Panos Lambropoulos