The history of "Metka" creativy path deserves
a special examination. It should be noted that all the
main creative line for the entire period of the band
was outlined by the founder of "Metka", guitarist
Zack Eswee who wrote mostly all musical material. Zack
grew up on a mixture of western rock bands of different
styles - punk, grunge, classic heavy metal, speed metal,
thrash, glam and mainstream rock. Also he paid a special
homage to some western gothic metal bands.
At the very beginning of creative way of "Metka"
there was no spirit of "russian rock" genre
at all, and, by the way, even the name of the band
was different - "Black Label". Perhaps this
is what made "Metka" a unique band out from
the rest of russian rock bands. However, over time,
influenced by a vocalist Vladimir Vetyukov, who himself
was a big fan of the various "monsters"
of "russian rock", it was decided to sing
all originally english songs in russian. When this
happens to a band, it is inevitably attributed to
so called "Russia Rock" genre.
Accordingly "Metka" began lay stress on
the so called "russian rock fans" who prefered
only russian songs. "Metka" tried to get
on the relevant festivals with "russian rock"
or "russian metal" bands. This was a particular
challenge and ambition, as the success of a number
of "russian metal" and "russian rock"
bands was apparent. All famous russian bands sang
in russian, while other bands who sang in english
had no success in Russia or even abroad.
All the early songs was actually immortalized on
the debut album - "Stepping Through The Mirror".
Here you can find the earliest things - "Black
Label", "Triangular Dream""Night",
"Come out of the Shadows" that gave the
album a pinch of Gothic, and some later songs like
"In the Wind's Eye" and "Vengeance"
gave some drive.
After the album was ready as the concert program,
it was clear that there is a need for more energetic
hits, and the quickest way to do it was to take and
interpret someone else drive songs. So "Metka"
made two unique covers that were extremely favorite
with the public. This is the song "Sad But True"
(music by Metallica), plus "Zdes Kuyut Metal"
(lyrics by Aria) in "one bottle", and the
song "Plastic Crow", the text of which was
mostly taken from the same name popular Soviet cartoon
and the music was again taken from a Metallica song
"Whiskey in the Jar".
Later it became apparent that if "Metka"
wants to continue to "fire up" the concerts,
it needs to write less melodic and slow songs and
more fast and heavy. Therefore Zack pick up new material
on the second album very carefully, making emphasis
on the fast songs in modern heavy metal arrangement
in the spirit of the german metal band "Rage".
To make this more clear, a concept of the album implicited
the spirit of "Pirates of the Caribbean"
trilogy. Zack thought it was a good idea to support
the brand of "Metka" ("Black Label")
and to attract new young fans, so to speak, fresh
blood. However this idea didn't receive a support
from other musicians and it was one of the problems
that subsequently led to differences in views and
blurring of the overall band's creative vector.