Metternich – Fürstlicher Strizzirock
A sound that slaps you down mercilessly and straight on, a singer with an insanely great voice who tells stories from everyday life in Vienna, a koala bear from Schönbrunn who plays the guitar like no other, a bassist who draws the lines like a world champion, and a drummer who packs a punch.
Expressive rock songs with a good portion of Viennese Schmäh (superficial friendliness; funny, witty manner; humour) are celebrated, just like the cultivated beer in the afternoon in the Tschocherl (small, usually bad café) around the corner.
Metternich is a unique Austrian rock band hailing from Vienna, known for their dynamic blend of humor-infused lyrics in Viennese dialect and potent rock music. The band’s compelling sound and captivating stage presence have earned them significant praise, with reviewers highlighting the balanced band sound, the powerful voice of their lead singer, and their knack for catchy refrains.
“Apart from a witty stage outfit and a well thought-out stage show, Metternich were probably the band of the afternoon that presented the best overall picture. It is actually superfluous to mention that the band sound was very balanced for such an experienced band, whose band members have been torturing their instruments not just since yesterday. Metternich was absolutely top not only musically but also visually. Hopefully other promoters will notice this and you will see the guys more often.”
(musicnews.at – orig in german)
“‘Strizzirock’ is what this quartet wrote on their first album. Driving in Vienna is annoying (understandable), the winter is supposed to go to shit (was there actually one this year?) and of course there’s beer in all possible situations (cheers). Lyrically, they have to put up with comparisons with Turbobier and Alkbottle, but musically it’s a lot more hard rock and that suits the lyrics (skilfully and expressively delivered by singer Alexander) very well. Since the band also has a knack for catchy choruses (for example on ‘Klangfarbe’, ‘Du bist ned Du’ and ‘Da Winta’) and the production is also successful, ‘G’schichtldrucker’ can be described as a solid debut that certainly works even better live in combination with stimulating drinks. And on the next YouTube round, you should also lend an eye to Metternich’s witty music videos.”
(Manuel / Starkstrom – orig in german)
“Have you ever heard of “Strizzi-Rock”? If not, then it’s high time you did, because you’ve been missing out on one of the finest rock bands in the Austrian nation! […] ‘G’schichtldrucka’ is an album that has brought me the pleasure of earthy, honest rock’n’roll again for a long time, which is not warmed up. […] The disc is a really fine production in terms of sound quality, not to say one of the best I have ever heard in the genre. […]”
(Gregor Eder / Stormbringer – orig in german)
“Stories from everyday life in Vienna accompanied by virtuoso guitar solos and solid rock: this is what the quartet offers on their debut album ‘G’schichtldrucker’. Metternich themselves describe their music as Strizzirock, and after a first listen one can say that this description hits the nail on the head. Alexander Karlin (vocals), David Zenz (bass), Bernahrd Sattra (drums) and Wolfgang ‘Knut’ Posch (guitar) take their listeners on a journey through the Viennese Grätzel and encounter drunken ex-girlfriends, beer scroungers and annoying guitar students. The lyrics are presented in true Viennese style and with a lot of humour.
Musically, you notice that Metternich pay homage to the old rock greats, are masters of their instruments and can offer more than the three famous chords. Singer Alexander also impresses with a remarkable vocal volume, especially in ‘Sex mit da Ex’ you can convince yourself of that. Metternich sound anything but monotonous – there are good-humoured melodic songs like ‘Leben’, straightforward rock hits like ‘Klangfarbe’, country-influenced numbers like ‘Du bist ned Du’ and groovy, gloomy pieces influenced by Viennese song like ‘Da Winta’ and an intermezzo with banjo.
If you like high-quality rock and Viennese charm, you should definitely give ‘G’schichtldrucker’ a listen!”
(SLAM – orig in german)
“This is an Austrian rock’n’roll band that sings in a quaint and dishevelled dialect. The Viennese boys are fun, but no less hard. With their first single, ‘Autofoan’, heavy metal turns the corner, ‘Freddy Krügerl’ is reminiscent of the EAV and with ‘Sex mit da Ex’ the intensive listener tries to sing and dance along. The world calls this Viennese Schmäh, because the lyrics also describe everyday life in the Austrian metropolis in a vivid, funny and confusing way, with beer scroungers, drunken ex-girlfriends and icy winters. The old Austrian songwriters have found their changing of the guard here.”
(Thomas Behlert / Schall Magazin – orig in german)