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Universe 217: Change

Album Review

Oddball doom from dark Hellenic hinterlands

Given some of the political and social upheavals they’ve experienced in recent years, it should come as no surprise that Greece is producing records as thrillingly despondent as this.

On the surface, Universe 217 is a doom metal band, albeit one with a penchant for experimentation. But dig deeper into Change and there’s something far less easily defined simmering away: a frisson of some ongoing, untamed evolution that encompasses a far broader and more eclectic array of influences. Opening track Undone registers with the same baleful, slow-motion thud that fans of Avatarium will recognise and embrace, and the sober crawl of Burn favours simplicity and emotional precision over any bold sonic excursions.

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