Saturday, May 9, 2009

Metro Decay - υπέρβαση (1984)

A classic record from the otherwise anemic Greek new-wave scene. Metro Decay's gloom-rock was electronic flavoured and lyrical ("Μαύρος Κύκνος"), occasionally acquiring an austere and epic tone ("Ανάμεσα σε 2 Κρεσέντα"). They were also capable of crafting ambitious compositions, such as "Το Ταξίδι", that vibrated amidst sinister synthesizer drone-oscillations, a robotic beat, ethereal piano brushstrokes and the melodic outburst of the chorus.

"Εισαγωγή στην Κινηση" was clearly influenced by Joy Division's "Isolation", but the ace up their sleeve was the traditional Greek-music garnishes amidst the frenetic electronic march. The same fundamentals were also applied in "Παιχνίδια στην Επιφάνεια", where the solo splashes veered almost into jazz territory. They were also competent at constructing fluid environments, like in the moving-blindly in the darkness threat of "Απειλή".

The ethereal gloom-rock returned in "Το Πάγωμα του Πάθους", where the cosmic sheen in their music simulated a free-fall in an ecstatic whirlpool. With the robotic beat replaced by a ritualistic trance and abstract symphonic ambience, "Υπέρβαση" reached for a sorrow far deeper - like Fra Lippo Lippi did in In Silence. It was a trend repeated in the galanty-show of "Λίμπιντο", that moved menacingly beneath the surface like a tectonic rift.

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ninja said...

Hi there! Nice blog! Thanx for all that great stuff!
If you think that greek new wave is anemic because you listened to some of the bands and found them anemic, it;s ok!
But if you said that because you dont know, let me tell you that there are some other great 80's new wave bands (some of them better than Metro Decay in my opinion), especially under the legendary independent record company "Creep Records" and not only!
I' d be glad to suggest some stuff for you to check!

Jim Slip said...

Υποθέτω είσαι έλληνας. -) 'Εχω ακούσει όλη τη δισκογραφία της Creep, και διάφορα άλλα (Forward Music Quintet, Magic De Spell κλπ). Imo, το σημαντικότερο ελληνικό συγκρότημα εκείνης της περιόδου (και όχι μόνο) είναι οι σπουδαίοι Slow Motion. Κατα τ' άλλα, αν έχεις κάτι να προτείνεις ν' ακούσω, είμαι ανοιχτός.