UNIVERSE217, eine Doom/Downtempo-Band aus der griechischen Hauptstadt Athen ist von nun an bei Van Records unter Vertrag. Ende September wird das Label das 2013er Album “Never” sowie eine neue MLP names “Ease” veröffentlichen.
Ease (full album) in live videos
If we use general, well-known music terms, Universe217 can be described as a doom/down-tempo band with female vocals, hailing from Athens, Greece. But wait, there’s more to it! Universe217 is a really unique case of a band as far as the contemporary international standards of heavy music are concerned.
The music of Universe217 marks the spot where doom metal meets influences derived from more experimental or melodic forms of the rock kaleidoscope, leading to soundscapes by which the mind travels through uncomfortable emotional states, like when things are getting out of hand, when all control is lost, and the expectation of an ecstatic delirium seems to be the only possible way-out. Forget about tags like “vintage”, “stoner”, “post”, “drone” or “avant-garde”; this is modern-day doom at its best! Moreover, the powerful yet earthly voice of Tanya (one of the best female rock/metal singers in Greece nowadays) captivates the listener’s senses, and serves as a distinguishing advantage for the music of this Greek quartet.
In addition, Universe217 is one of the most vibrant heavy acts in Greece nowadays, with lots of gigs across the country and steadily frequent record releases. The band’s impressive performance on stage (whether it’s live shows with other Greek bands, festival slots or supporting international artists like Amenra, Anathema, Madder Mortem, OM, Saint Vitus, Scott Kelly & Wovenhand) has earned them an excellent reputation as a live act.
The band’s discography includes three (3) full-length releases, an EP and two (2) split 7’’ singles with Greek acts Lucky Funeral & SuperPuma. The latest album of U217, entitled “Never”, was released on 2013 and welcomed with great reviews both from Greek and international music media. Moreover, the album won position #17 in the “Best 20 Metal Albums of 2013” in the editors’ list of the Greek Metal Hammer magazine.
Tanya – vocals
Manos – guitars
Nikos – bass
Manos – drums
• “Universe217” – 2007 (full-length CD – Duplicate Records / reissued by Burning World Records)
• “II” – 2009 (CD EP – released as a free premium CD together with Metal Hammer Greece magazine)
• Split w/ Lucky Funeral – 2009 (split 7’’ single – CTS Productions)
• “Familiar Places” – 2011 (full-length CD – Venerate Industries)
• “Never” – 2013 (full-length CD – independent, vinyl LP – CTS Productions)
• “Intercourse”, Split w/ SuperPuma – 2013 (split 7’’ single – independent)