Nov 052011

Universe217 is an experimental doom metal band from Athens, Greece. They’ve released two albums, a self-titled debut in 2007 and Familiar Places in 2011. I found out about this band through a Facebook post by another Greek band, Tardive Dyskinesia, whose music I know and like a lot (I’ve written about them many times at NCS, including this post). So far, I’ve listened to a grand total of two songs by Universe217, and those songs were performed as a single work for purposes of an unusual video.

The video was shot on a mountain outside Athens called Aloula, which is perhaps most famous because it’s the place where much of the marble used to build the Parthenon was quarried. The band and the film crew hiked with all the gear up the mountain for about 20 minutes, then set up and played. The performance was recorded live. Joining Universe217 were a couple of guest musicians — the vocalist from Tardive Dyskinesia (Manthos), who played guitar in this performance, and the drummer for a band called Need (Petros), combining with Universe217′a own drummer for a dual attack.

The video performance combines two songs — “Nothing” from Familiar Places and “66″ from the band’s self-titled debut. The music isn’t as extreme as most of the music we cover at NCS, but it has a haunting quality that I found appealing, and I also just think it’s cool that they did this in one take, performing live on a mountain outside Athens. I was also impressed with the vocals of the band’s frontwoman Tania. Most of her singing is clean, though as the song builds in intensity she eventually kicks into some nice harsh crescendos. Check this out after the jump.

You can find Universe217 on Facebook here.

6 Responses to “UNIVERSE217: “NOTHING/66″”

  1. SurgicalBrute says:

    Is there a link to this video or do I just imagine it in my head? Gone one day and this place is already falling apart

  2. Phro says:

    I like that the whole thing goes from quiet and calm and builds to a crescendo and then…that’s the end. She really does have a pretty voice, so it contrasted well with her screamings.

    And, do all Greek men have awesome beards???

    • Islander says:

      That’s exactly what grabbed me. I wasn’t sure I was going to like this at first, and then the melody turned out to be very cool, and the intensity gradually built to that scream. Wish there had been more screaming at the end. :)

  3. [...] band named Universe217 more than two years ago as a result of an unusual video, which I reviewed here. And after that, I kind of lost track of them — until seeing their 2013 album Never show up [...]

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