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 down-tempo music style marks the spot where doom metal meets influences derived from more experimental or melodic forms of the rock sound spectrum, sometimes leading even to sonic outbursts which ignore the rules about perfect musicianship.
If you combine this characteristic with the dynamic voice of singer Tanya (she is one of the best female rock singers in Greece, and in this album she sounds more mature and flexible than ever before), you get a result where the band’s sound is just the vehicle by which the listener experiences an atmosphere where he is “forced” to face 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 way out.
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"Univers 217 tell us some thrilling,spooky and dramatic stories with their new album "Never". It is a mix made out of Funeral Doom and Doom Metal, as well they really got me under their spell – a heavier alternative to the band Blues Pills with woman vocals or similar like Alunah, Jex Toth, Witch Mountain. The mood of this album is very atmospheric and roomfull, the song structures are not really diversified but that's not really a problem because the album works great. Lend them an ear and maybe you choose the option to order your own LP Special Edition!!"
7 from 10 Stonerheadpoints