On the 12th of January, the narrow stage of Nomads Athens hosted an evening of diverse heavy rock/metal performances featuring Jehovah On Death, Social Scream and Shinigami. I arrived promptly, ready to absorb the sonic experiences the bands had to offer.
The first act, Jehovah On Death, presented themselves as an occult heavy rock quintet. While their performance showcased a well-rehearsed and heavy sound, I couldn’t help but feel that their compositions lacked the catchy riffs and infectious groove that define their genre. The female vocals, though competent, came across as somewhat indifferent and generic. Despite the atmospheric elements like candles and cloaks, I found the singer’s off-stage activity, such as “baptizing” attendees, to be a distracting choice that didn’t enhance the overall show. Jehovah On Death, in my opinion, needs to focus on refining their compositions and evolving as an artistic unit.
Social Scream took the stage, bringing their powerful blend of power, speed and thrash metal to the audience. Despite facing sound issues, the Spartans delivered a passionate and convincing performance, showcasing their fine artistry. The band’s interaction with the audience was notable, creating a positive connection with fans. I eagerly anticipate a dynamic new release from Social Scream, a release that will propel the band forward.
And finally, Shinigami, a Greek melodic heavy metal band, was a pleasant surprise for someone unfamiliar with their music. Combining elements of ‘80s heavy metal with ‘70s classic rock, Shinigami demonstrated a mastery of melody and confidence in their musical expression. The female vocals added a beautiful dimension, keyboards provided depth, and the synergy between the two guitars was evident. Shinigami stands out as a promising force in the Greek classic heavy metal scene, and with continued dedication, they have the potential to offer even more to the audiences. Their warm interaction with spectators and a well-executed cover of Uriah Heep’s “Rainbow Demon” further added to the overall positive experience of the evening.
In conclusion, the event at Nomads Athens featured three distinct bands, each with its own unique characteristics. Social Scream and Shinigami, especially, left good impressions, making it a memorable night in a very small venue.
photos by Iro Kalligeri