What Greece Has Been Hiding From Us

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but Greece has been holding out on us. A shocking article on Wonderbox Metal revealed the truth just days ago: that while the rest of us make do with middling local punk bands, Greece’s hardcore scene has some sick talent, in the form of Athens band Blame Kandinsky. The best reason to learn Greek I’ve heard in a while, they take the angular approach to hardcore: twisted riffs and odd harmonies are the order of  the day with notes set in just the right place to make you feel ill at ease. However, their music isn’t a mere exercise in alienation. Instead, the riffage has an urgent hookiness despite all the jazzy trappings: it’s more accessible than Rolo Tomassi, but a little less so than Every Time I Die, if that makes sense. The music does have a rocking vibe, but it still has a distinctly punk approach to  the whole thing, anger threatening to bubble over even in their Pink Noise Motel Ep’s most headbanging friendly moments. It feels like the album has plenty of crossover appeal, from mathcore addicts to anyone who just wants to rock out and they have the musical elements in place here to put on a killer live show. Wonderbox recommended “Nascency. Admittance. Guilt. Rebirth.” if you just want a taste of their sound, and it’s a fine choice: the closest thing to a single on the EP, it packs in a little bit of everything in the band’s sound: killer riffs, huge hooks and strangely mesmerizing blasts of noise interspersed with the bigger musical ideas. However, the full EP is worth a listen: Blame Kandinsky don’t do boring moments apparently. You can listen to “Nascency. Admittance. Guilt. Rebirth” below and explore more of Blame Kandinsky’s sound on their Bandcamp page here.

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2 thoughts on “What Greece Has Been Hiding From Us

  1. Thanks for sharing this band; I doubt I’d have discovered them otherwise. Agree with your comparison between Rolo Tomassi and Every Time I Die. I’m also picking up a slight chaotic edge à la The End, and a bit of The Painter’s Palette-era Ephel Duath in some of the quieter passages as well.

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    • Great ear you’ve got there, there’s a definite streak of musical disorder throughout. Now that you mention it, it adds to the punk edge in a way, making the music feel like it’s on the edge of losing control, sort of a fusion of form and function. It’s really cool.

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