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Soundgeist is a progressive – psychedelic rock band from Heraklion (Crete) - Greece. The band started from Emmanuel Zografakis (Guitar) And Antreas Anastopoulos (Bass) in May of 2004, working together some ideas. After a while Panagiotis Mavrakis joined the band on Drums. The three of them started rehearsing intensively, the whole summer and autumn. In the end of the year they had the opportunity for a live ,in order to make it happen they asked for the help of Emmanuel Fazos on rhythm guitars.
In the beginning of the New Year they decided that the sound of synths suited them better ,so Eleni Almpantaki came to the band, which she was replaced shortly after from Stelios Kanitsakis. A couple of months later Dimitris Skourtis took the place of Singer in the band. The summer of 2005 found the band to participate actively in the local festivals using the name “Devils Interval” (which was inspired from a musical term).
In 2006 the band decided to record their first work “…the fine line between”. In October of the same year they started promoting their music in Greek and international music press ,while they were searching also for a record deal. In June of 2007 they signed with M.P.& Records from Italy and carried on their live Appearances besides the difficulties they faced and the temporarily replacements of Antreas Anastopoulos And Stelios Kanitsakis from Michalis Serlidakis and Jason Grammatikopoulos, due to obligations of the original members.
The CD was published in February of 2009 and has 6 tracks plus a bonus track , with more than 40 minutes of music totally. The CD had many enthusiastic reviews and Critics from the press and fanzines, local and international.
In August of 2009 the band played with Anathema, Piligrim and Rotting Christ at Chania Rock Festival, and in September of 2009, found the band on the road, touring along with other local (cretan) Bands and also composing new material.
2010 found them with another mini tour and the beginning of new recordings. In the first week of August 2010, the band recorded the drums for 12 songs in just 4 days time. The recordings took place in Groove studio, Heraklion. After that we had to record the bass, we did that in a period of 5 months, due to bassist changes.
The Keyboards and Guitars were recorded in 7 months period and after that in the end of 2011 we recorded the vocals at alst (but not least).
In 2012 the band was mixing the second album and after a whole year the band was satisfied by the mixing and mastering process.
2013 has started for Soundgeist, with a fresh album and a new promotion campaign, the second album is entitled: more than just a word.
It has 12 songs, each one has one word for title, but a bigger meaning behind it. So we let the listeners imagination “go wild and as far as it gets”.
The current lineup of the band is:
Dimitris Skourtis (vocals)
Manolis Zografakis (guitar)
Stelios Kanitsakis (synths)
Panayotis Mavrakis (drums)
The name of the band comes from 2 words: the English “sound” and the German “Geist”(which means spirit).It was inspired from an article of a German web-zine , That used the word in a review of a band ,to declare that they had captured the “spirit of sound” of that era. They decided that this name was more right for them, because it represented the image They wanted to show to their audience (that their music is based on imagination, psychedelia and love in music)