About New Zero God:
In March 2006, four established musicians met to talk about their musical experiences. After a few drinks and a long journey down memory lane, these performers thought it would be fun to play together again. Many beers, several practice sessions, and plenty of ideas later, the musicians created something new. They created New Zero God, a band that combines goth, dark wave, and post punk genres to make a sound that is uniquely their own.
Though the band is still fairly fresh, the members of New Zero God have been internationally recognized for decades. New Zero God was formed by singer Mike Pougounas (ex-The Flowers Of Romance, ex-Nexus), drummer Dimitris “Sidheog” Steves (ex-Nexus, ex-The Drops), bassist Costas Spanos (ex-Nexus), and guitarist Averkios Chatziantoniadis (ex-The Flowers of Romance). The band members spent years working with prolific artists from around the globe and developing a dedicated fan base that began in Greece and soon spread throughout Europe and abroad.
Pougounas and Chatziantoniadis stemmed from Greece’s greatest gothic rock band, The Flowers Of Romance, which had worked with The Mission UK, The Sisters of Mercy, and New Model Army, amongst others. Once the Flowers Of Romance broke up, Chatziantoniadis sessioned for Peter Green and Jeff Healey. Pougounas then formed Nexus and drafted Sidheog and Spanos for a seven year stint which included opening for longtime pals, The Mission UK. Sidheog was a founding member of The Drops (a darkwave band that had shared the stage with Christian Death).
After Spanos and Chatziantoniadis left to pursue solo careers, a brief time-off followed. During that time Pougounas provided vocals for longstanding compadres, Rag, and Sidheog drummed for the revamped Dutch band, Mecano. As work on New Zero God resumed, Babis (B-Abyss) Diakoumeas and Elias (E-Raptor) Raptis took over bass and guitar duties, respectively. This led to a string of gigs, including opening for The Legendary Pink Dots and, once again, for Christian Death.
This lineup began recording sessions in 2008 for "Fun Is A Four Letter Word", an album that mustered their collective experience in music. While recording, the band was interviewed and featured on a Greek TV show and appeared in a compilation CD.
The band was also featured and interviewed for the documentary, “Back in Black, Vol. I - History is Made by the Bands.” The film was produced and directed by George Kagialedakis and Rag Films. The documentary described the underground music scene and its survival within a seemingly under-appreciative industry. Along with performing with New Zero God, Pougounas conducted the musicians’ interviews, performed the male vocals for the Rag songs “My Life” and “Rock’n’Roll Puppet,” and played the keyboards on the song “From Hell”, which appears on the soundtrack of the documentary.
In 2009, on the day the band finished recording, they were offered a record deal with Puzzlemusik Records [Greece]. “Fun Is A Four Letter Word” was digitally pre-released in October, 2009, and was physically released in January, 2010. With the merging of these musicians, their influence and fan base expanded even further. Their debut album received rave reviews from critics within Europe and as far away as North America, South America, and Australia. Their global success was featured in prominent publications like the UK’s “Dominion Magazine,” Los Angeles magazine “Muen,” America’s “Lollipop Magazine,” the international UK magazine “Terrorizer”, the USA’s “Carpe Nocturne”, and the UK’s Mick Mercer’s “Music to Die For: The International Guide to Today’s Extreme Music Scene”, just to name a few.
Hits from the band's debut album were included in acclaimed compilations like the UK's "The Blackout Crypthology", Germany's "Gothic Vision III" which was released through Echozone, and the UK's "Devolution Magazine", amongst others. Their mega hit "Kiss The Witch" is currently being used on "X-Player", a production of SKAI TV [Greece], during the opening and closing credits, as well as having the song woven into the very fabric of the entire show.
During June of 2010, Michael Christou (ex-Panx Romana) joined the folds as a second guitarist and made his debut performance at the Block 33 Local Delights Festival in Thessaloniki, Greece. When B-Abyss and E-Raptor left to further pursue their own band in December of 2010, Harris Stavrakas signed on as bassist, much to the delight of fans from The Flowers Of Romance days. This new line-up of Pougounas, Steves, Christou, and Stavrakas exploded on stage during their first performance in January 2011.
That same year, while continuing to tour Greece, Mike Pougounas participated in a project called ‘The Global Goth Collective’. He provided additional vocals for the David Bowie international cover track “Everyone Says Hi” for the benefit of The Sophie Lancaster Foundation (S.O.P.H.I.E.). One month later, New Zero God found themselves on Dominion Magazine’s UK radio charts for June and July. Their hit track "Kiss The Witch" also earned the spot of "Video of the Week" at Dominion.
As 2011 drew to a close, the band continued touring and teamed up with other international musicians under the name ‘New Zero God & Friends’ to record the song, “Second Chance”, which was written by Steves and Pougounas. On December 22, 2011, the song was released as a Special Edition Charity Fundraiser single to benefit the American foundation, H.A.W.C. (Healing Abuse, Working for Change). “Second Chance” remained at the #1 spot on the USA’s CD Baby ‘Goth’ and ‘Glam’ charts for the whole of January, 2012.
Once again, the band was on tour and in-studio. On July 4, 2012, New Zero God saw the release of "Club Bizarre" [Secret Sin Records, UK]. This 7-track Limited-Edition Collector's EP was released with hand-made packaging, a hand-numbering of pieces, and had a limited production of 100 copies. It also came with autographed inlays by the band members of New Zero God and featured the new exclusive UK-release track, "Widow's Walk.”
Following on the heels of their UK release, on August 1, 2012, the band announced the arrival of a new band member. Guitar player Lao was a Flowers Of Romance member from 1985 to 1990, having been the original guitar player of the songs “Kashmir” and “Autumn Kids.” With Lao’s entry into the band, this new line-up is almost identical to The Flowers Of Romance line-up during their 1985-1987 era and has set in motion a new appreciation and expectation from New Zero God as there are now three original Flowers Of Romance members in this four-piece band.
On September 28, 2012, New Zero God wrapped up filming for their appearance in the movie, “Athens Drifting”, a UK film release by Paul Druce. Not only will fans see the band performing, but they will also have the chance to see Pougounas acting. This is not his debut acting performance. In addition to the band’s feature in the “Back in Black” documentary, Pougounas also wrote, directed, and appeared in “Vlad the Demon”, his first experiment in independent film back in 1986. The comedic 9-minute short film paid homage to 1920’s horror expressionism and was rediscovered in 2008 by Rag Films. After sound manipulation, Mike Pougounas won a directorial award for “Vlad the Demon” at The 10th Independent Panorama of International Film and Video Makers, Patras City, 2008.
New Zero God released their third album, "MMXIII", their second through UK label Secret Sin Records, on January 13, 2013. The Latin-numeraled album title gives a nod to its release year, 2013. "MMXIII" comes with 10 tracks steeped in guitar-driven Gothic/Post Punk. It was recorded in Athens, Greece, during June through November 2012, and was mastered in the UK. The band began touring in February, 2013, starting in their native city of Athens.
During February and March, 2013, the band undertook their third annual charity contribution song. Teaming up with symphonic power metal vocalist Maxi Nil (Visions of Atlantis, ex-Elysion, ex-On Thorns I Lay) on backing vocals, New Zero God released their single, "The Night Calls Your Name", a Special Edition Charity Fundraiser for the UK-based Sophie Lancaster Foundation (S.O.P.H.I.E.). All proceeds are automatically deposited to the S.O.P.H.I.E. fund, and the track is available through CD Baby and her affiliates. (More information can be found here on CD Baby at: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/newzerogod2 - Please copy/paste into your web browser).
The album, "MMXIII" was digitally released through CD Baby on March 27, 2013.
NEW ZERO GOD LINEUP:
MIKE POUGOUNAS - Vocals, Keyboards, Tambourine
DIMITRIS “Sidheog” STEVES - Drums, Loops
HARRIS STAVRAKAS - Bass
LAO - Guitars
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About Maxi Nil:
Maxi Nil (born June 4, 1981, in Athens, Greece) is a Greek singer, best known as the lead vocalist in the Austrian symphonic power metal band, Visions of Atlantis. Before joining Visions of Atlantis in 2003 she joined the Greek metal/goth rock band, On Thorns I Lay. That same year Maxi also joined the band, Elysion, as both a singer and a songwriter. In 2008, after recording Elysion's first album, Maxi parted ways with the band and the album was released in 2009 with another singer.
Maxi had many great moments in her career as a singer, having supported bands such as: Amorphis in 2004, The Gathering in 2007, Diary of Dreams in 2008, Tarja Turunen in Vienna, sharing the stage with Star Industry in the song "Last Crusades" (which is also included in their live album called "Black Angel White Devil"). She also sang twice on stage with Moonspell in Athens. In February 2009, while working on her solo project, she supported the Dutch band, Agua De Annique.
In 2008, after leaving Elysion, Maxi sent an email to Napalm asking them if there were any bands looking for a singer. A few hours later she received an answer, and a week later she went there to meet with Visions of Atlantis and played at Metalcamp with Satyricon, Testament, and Blind Guardian. In June 2009 Maxi officially became the new vocalist for Visions of Atlantis.
With Maxi as their new vocalist, the band produced their fourth album "Delta", which was released worldwide through Napalm Records at the end of February 2011. "Delta" was met with great feedback and reception. Visions of Atlantis next album, "Maria Magdalena EP" was released on October 21, 2011 and received critical acclaim, as well.
On January 27, 2012, Visions of Atlantis announced the title "Ethera" for their upcoming album which wa released on March 22, 2013. They are currently touring the UK and Europe.
Please visit The Sophie Lancaster Foundation (S.O.P.H.I.E.) for complete information, as well as other ways in which you can also help S.O.P.H.I.E. realize all their goals. http://www.sophielancasterfoundation.com/