Magic De Spell - Nightmare EP (30th Anniversary Edition) (2011)

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This album is consisting of the band's first ever (and long sought-after) 7'' called "Nightmare", including the songs "Poor Johnny's Lonely Blues", "Sweating All Over" and "Virgin Freedom", 2 songs from the "Happening '82" compilation ["End Of Nirvana" and "C.B. (City Is Burning)] and 6 previously unreleased songs from the 1981-82 season. All tracks were performed by the original first line-up: Alex Kyriakakis (vocals), George Scarlatos (bass), Theodore Vlahakis (drums) and George Alahouzos (guitar). With these songs they were established as a punk rock band (although their influences were not totally "punk" and their sound is not what a "punk rocker" would define as "punk"), successfully combining elements of the first generation British punk bands with the 70's rock. More complex riffs (this is where the 70's rock influence is apparent), compared to their British contemporaries, razor-cut guitar, dominating bass, edgy drums and lyrics in English (back then and for the rest of that decade) -- in the end a unique sound, that set the wheel on fire !! That's how the Greek "punk" sound was born. A couple of years before them, "Parthenogenesis", had kickstarted the whole thing with powerful live appearances, but they never recorded any material. So, Magic de Spell is the first ever Greek "punk" band, which had its sound pressed on vinyl, with the helping hand, of course, of "Happening Records", owned to Kerasiotis' brothers. The only song, which does not come from that era, is "Snakes Of The Night" written in 1984, after the band had abandoned its "primitive" punk period in 1982 and moved towards more new wave / dark synth directions, with a brand new vocalist and frontman and with the contribution of several new members... But this is another story... The record will be released in a limited edition version of 320 hand-numbered copies, in clear (transparent) vinyl, fully remastered and restored from the original master tapes. "Nightmare" was the only song, extracted from a 30 year-old ordinary tape, in order to save it from certain extinction... Additional information can be found in the record-size insert, including Magic de Spell's Words (lyrics), some photos and live footage of that period and an editorial, written by the "bass" itself, Mr. George Scarlatos...

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released October 19, 2011

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Geheimnis Records Αθήνα, Greece

Geheimnis Records was founded in August 2010. It's a small-indie record label, based in Athens, focusing on re-releases of lost and real hard to find material of the New/Dark Wave Greek and International scene of the 80's and 90's.
In December 2011, the label officially entered the era of involving with new artists of the contemporary new wave / alternative sound, linking the past with the future.
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