It has been a highly anticipated moment for me ever since the announcement of the third Diviner album, “Avaton”. My excitement doubled, when I discovered that the concert would be opened by none other than my other favorite, Sirius. The night unfolded in a truly divine manner, filled with intense heavy metal emotions and enthusiastic head banging. I extend my heartfelt thanks to both bands for graciously sharing insights into their music. Special appreciation goes to Lefteris Moros and Teo Ross for their illuminating discussions about “Avaton”.
Sirius set the evening in motion, delivering a powerful performance that featured songs from their debut EP, “Wings of Fire,” as well as two tracks from their first, upcoming debut album, including the captivating “Beyond the Sands of Time” that stirred the audience. The rendition of Manowar’s “Thor (The Powerhead)” and Thin Lizzy’s “Massacre” added an extra layer of excitement to the atmosphere.
Then, the moment arrived as Diviner took center stage. The band’s members emerged with a commanding presence that instantly captured everyone’s attention. The set list was nothing short of riveting, encompassing songs from their previous records, “Fallen Empires” and “Realms of Time”, and of course, from the new album. “Mountains High” proved to be explosively superb, drawing the audience into its frenetic rhythm. The journey through “Dominator” was a visceral experience, with guitars ablaze, drumsticks breaking, and Yiannis Papanikolaou’s vocals resonating deeply within our hearts. The sound quality was exceptional, with each instrument coming through with remarkable clarity.
The audience was not only excited but also clamoring for more, a testament to how Diviner had successfully driven us crazy. The night was a true celebration of heavy metal, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts of all in attendance.
photos by Panos Lambropoulos