Bob Katsionis

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Bob Katsionis
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Bob Katsionis performing live in 2012
Background information
Birth name Robert Babis Katsionis
Born (1977-02-17) February 17, 1977 (age 37)
Origin Athens, Greece
Genres Heavy metal, neo-classical, progressive metal, power metal
Occupations Musician (keyboardist)
Instruments Keyboard, guitar
Years active 1996–present
Associated acts Firewind, Power Quest, Nightfall, Septic Flesh, Bob Katsionis (solo), Imaginery, Casus Belli, Restrospect, Star Queen
Website bobkatsionis.tripod.com

Babis "Bob" Katsionis (Greek: Μπάμπης Κατσιώνης; born February 17, 1977 in Athens, Greece) is the rhythm guitarist and keyboard player for the heavy metal/power metal bands Firewind, Revolution Renaissance and Outloud. He is considered to be Greece's most successful rock/metal keyboard player[citation needed], being the only musician ever winning the same category "Best Keyboardist" in Greek Metal Hammer's Annual Readers' Polls for 5 years in a row (2006–2011). He is founder of Progressive Vision Group, a videoclip making company, counting over 90 videos for rock/metal bands and artists since 2002.

Appearances[edit]

Katsionis has appeared in various small-time bands over the years (Skyward, Retrospect etc.), most of them projects he developed himself, before gaining more recognition with the likes of Firewind[1] and Outloud.[2]

Bob Katsionis performing live in 2007.

He started playing keyboards when he was 10 years old and, four years later, began learning guitar. Bob cites Kevin Moore, Jens Johansson and Keith Emerson as his main keyboard influences. As well as playing keyboards, Bob is also a seven string guitar player and has played both instruments in his various bands. For instance, when Firewind play live, he performs in a dual role as keyboard player or rhythm guitarist (or both), depending on the song. He uses a standard six string guitar in these circumstances. Bob also has released three instrumental albums with his solo project resembling mostly jazzy neo-classical/progressive metal.[3] and has also joined his idol's Timo Tolkki (ex-Stratovarius) band Revolution Renaissance for the recording of their album "Trinity" without making any live appearances. Recently he released a 4th solo album titled "Rest In Keys".

Bands currently featuring Bob Katsionis[edit]

Past bands and/or projects[edit]

  • Revolution Renaissance
  • Nightfall
  • Septic Flesh
  • Casus Belli
  • Suicidal Angels (as guest, on Torment Payback)
  • Scar Of The Sun (as guest and co-writer)
  • Keado Mores (as guest and producer)
  • Encomium
  • Fatal Morgana (guest for Rock Of Gods 1996 Festival)
  • Imaginery
  • Power Quest (as guest)
  • Eldritch (as guest)
  • NTX (Greek crossover band Nipto Tas Xeiras)
  • Battleroar (as guest)
  • Skyward (later became Retrospect)
  • Mirage (later became Imaginery)

Discography[edit]

Firewind[edit]

Outloud[edit]

Imaginery[edit]

Nightfall[edit]

Star Queen[edit]

Bob Katsionis[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Biography-Firewind". Allmusic. Retrieved 31 January 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Viglione, Joe. "Review Long Lost Pride". Allmusic. Retrieved 31 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "The Official MySpace of Bob Kastionis". MySpace. Retrieved 31 January 2010. 
  4. ^ "Credits Forged by Fire". Allmusic. Retrieved 31 January 2010. 
  5. ^ "Credits Allegiance". Allmusic. Retrieved 31 January 2010. 
  6. ^ "Credits The Premonition". Allmusic. Retrieved 31 January 2010. 
  7. ^ "Overview Outloud". Allmusic. Retrieved 31 January 2010. 
  8. ^ "More Catastrophe E.P". 
  9. ^ "Credits Lyssa: Rural Gods And Astonishing Punishments". Allmusic. Retrieved 31 January 2010. 
  10. ^ "Credits Faithbringer". Allmusic. Retrieved 31 January 2010. 
  11. ^ "Overview Imaginary Force". Allmusic. Retrieved 31 January 2010. 

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