Since their inception, SEVI has managed to achieve tremendous success on both a professional and personal level. In 2012 the band released their debut “What Lies Beyond” to great acclaim from the Bulgarian music press and the widespread public
The singles “Limited Edition”, “Speed up”, and “On My Own” were warmly received by audiences and local radio, reaching peek chart positions. “On My Own” held the #1 spot on the Z-rock Radio – King Size 10 chart, and BOX TV Top 7 chart. Singles “Limited Edition” and “Victim” reached #1 on the Z-rock Radio – Kamenitza Rock 40 chart “Speed Up” reached #6 on the Annual BMW Top 50 Chart.
The song “Speed Up” is the official anthem of The H.O.G. Chapter of Harley Davidson – Sofia, and SEVI, a guest performer at all their events throughout the year.
In 2013, SEVI continued refining their live performance, experimenting with the addition of acoustic sets, props, and additional stage personnel, all to enhance the audience’s experience of the show. The results of their efforts to create an inviting and intimate atmosphere were captured on video and released as a DVD entitled “The Other Side of SEVI.”
SEVI’s growing popularity landed them spots on many major Bulgarian rock festivals, most notably Kavarna Rock Fest. After performing in front of a jury of legendary musicians (Andi Deris, Lenny Wolf, Robi Rondinelli, and Derek St. Holmes) SEVI were voted to be the support act for the bands Europe, Krokus, Gus G, and Pretty Maids for the duration of the festival.
During the summer of 2014 SEVI embarked upon a European tour that included Greece, Italy, and Serbia. In Italy they took part in the Pirates of Rock Festival, in full pirate regalia replete with cannon whose volley fire signaled the start of their set. In Serbia, they performed at the prestigious Gitarijada Festival, where they hit the Main stage in front of an audience of over 50 000 fans.
In February 2015, SEVI celebrated their 5th Anniversary with the release of their book “The Price of Being Yourself”, written by noted journalist Nikola Hristov. During the summer they took off on another European tour, with more than 20 shows in Italy, Serbia, Romania, and Bulgaria. Ending the year on a high note, SEVI were voted to be the support act for Cinderella’s Tom Keifer on Oct. 8th, 2015 at Sofia’s Hristo Botev Hall.
SEVI kicked off 2016 with the release of their 6th video - single - “Don’t Hesitate” The music video was aired soon after with great success on a popular video-share-websites and some foreign music televisions.
The song is part of the band’s second independent album “The Battle Never Ends” which is in sale since 13.05.2016. The album consists of 11 hard sounding and soul touching songs that challenge us to truly look into ourselves and our surrounding. Marco Barusso - engineer of Lacuna Coil – took part in the mastering of the album. Many other musicians chose to support the band with this album top including Luca Princiotta (Doro Pesch).
SEVI’s new album has been praised by lead magazines throughout the World such as “Metal Hammer” Italy, “Fireworks”, UK, the Latin American “Rockmelodico”, “Barikada” – Bosnia & Herzegovina. The album has been well received also in Portugal and Brazil. “The Battle Never Ends” is in rotation in Radio stations in Bulgaria, Romania, UK, Slovakia, France, USA and many others. SEVI made a 6 months tour to present the album with more than 30 concerts in Bulgaria and abroad. In September they were chosen to open the first concert of Nightwish in Bulgaria. On 18th November SEVI released a second single from the new album called "Destiny".
Formation and early years (2009-2011)
The band was founded by Panos Anastopoulos (keyboards) and Antreas Panagoulias (drums) in a suburb of Athens, called Ilioupoli, during the summer of 2009. At that time the formation was completed by Makis Kaponis (guitar and backing vocals), Nikolas Argyridis (bass guitar and backing vocals) and Giorgos Georgiou (vocals). Originally Sunlight played more Greek folk rock rather than the heavy/power metal style with which they are known today. With all the members being residents of Ilioupoli (which in Greek means “the city of sun”), the name Sunlight was proposed by Nikolas to remind the origins of the band. One year later Giorgos (vocals) was replaced by Dimitris Giannakopoulos and Antreas (drums) by Joni Moas. Finally, in spring of 2011, Sakis Kotsiras entered the band replacing Joni.
“Rockin’ All Around” (2011)
The band self-released their first EP, named “Rockin’ All Around”, on the 9th of December 2011. In fact, “Rockin’ All Around” was just a foretaste of what was coming next, unveiling three tracks of the band’s upcoming full-length album. This work was a promising start for Sunlight: “You can clearly spot that the band has worked a lot on their songs (…) Their debut album is coming up soon (…) I believe it is going to surprise many 80s hard rock fans…” (burst.gr). “Rockin’ All Around” was warmly welcomed by the Greek audience. A limited number of copies were distributed also in Japan by Rock Stakk records.
Supporting Dark Quarterer in Athens (2012)
The 18th of November 2012 was one of the most important moments in the band’s career. Sunlight were selected to support the Italian Epic/Progressive metallers Dark Quarterer in Athens. The beginning of the recordings for the first full-length album of the band was announced after the concert. In the meantime, Nikolas (bass guitar and backing vocals) was replaced by Panos Mourtzinos.
“My Own Truth” release and tour (2015)
After a successful collaboration with the well-known Greek producer Dion Christodoulatos, the debut album of Sunlight, entitled “My Own Truth”, was waiting to be released. Eventually, the band signed a contract with the biggest Ukrainian independent metal music label, Metal Scrap Records, and the release-date was set for the 30th of April 2015. Moreover, the music video of the titular song “My Own Truth” was presented a few weeks before the release. Numerous live performances were organized for the promotion of “My Own Truth” and a tour, including concerts in Greece and Ukraine, was announced. The album received excellent reviews: “The first song, “Back To Life” had amazing guitar intro by Makis who shows are strong Power Metal influences with European Hard Rock bands like KROKUS with simple but fantastic guitar arrangements” (SamiiMittelstaedt - Metal Temple). Before the release Sakis (drums) left the band and was replaced by Dimitris Kapoukakis.
In a very short period “My Own Truth” was completely sold out in most of the countries that was distributed. On the 5th of March 2016 the second official music video of the band was released for the song "Struggle for deliverance". On the 9th of October the band played in Athens after a long period and some days later on the 15th of the same month participated in the biggest metal festival (United Metal Festival) in Novi Sad, Serbia! Next month from 11th to 21th of November Sunlight toured in many different european countries (Bulgary, Italy, Spain, Portugal, France, Blegium) and recieved great reviews. Sunlight are currently working on their second full-length album.
Οι In Vein είναι ενα gothic/rock συγκρότημα από την Αθήνα.
Μερικές από τις κύριες επιρροές τους είναι μπάντες όπως οι: The 69 Eyes,The Sisters of Mercy, HIM, Type O Negative,Sentenced και επίσης οι Dope Stars,ο Marilyn Manson και οι Deathstars.
Δημιουργήθηκαν το Χειμώνα του 2005 από τον Bloody Valentine και τον τότε κιθαρίστα Angel Paul. Αμέσως μετά 4 επιπλέον μέλη προστέθηκαν για να σχηματιστεί το πρώτο line-up.
Η πρώτη τους συναυλία ήταν στις 29-9-2005 στο Θέατρο Παπάγου όπου άνοιξαν τo live των Φιλανδών Charon και των To/Die/For.Μετά από αυτό, η μπάντα άλλαξε 3 από τα μέλη της και στη συνέχεια έδωσε συναυλίες σε μερικά από τα πιο γνωστά μαγαζιά της Αθήνας όπως τα: An Club,Underworld,On Stage club,Stigma και στο DADA, όπου άνοιξαν τη συναυλία των Elusive(2007) και των Βέλγων Star Industry(2008)-δυο απο τις πιό παλιές και ιστορικές Gothic/Rock μπάντες.
To 2009 άνοιξαν την συναυλία των Φιλανδών Before the Dawn η οποία έγινε επίσης στο DADA.Στη συνέχεια ακολούθησαν live στον Βόλο και την Πάτρα .
Τον Οκτώβριο του 2016 συμμετείχαν σαν opening act στο Live των Death in June στην Αθήνα.
Ο ήχος της μπάντας με το πέρασμα του χρόνου έχει αλλάξει αρκετά απο τον αρχικό, αλλά πάντα στα πλαίσια του Gothic/Rock!
Πρόσφατα κυκλοφόρησαν το cd με τίτλο “Veiled in pain”, και το single “Bloody Valentine”. Και ήδη ετοιμάζουν την επόμενη δισκογραφική τους δουλειά.