A WALK THROUGH OCEANS MCD Page 2.
The MCD of the British doom metallers is now to be sure already almost a year on the humpback, but nevertheless I would not like to withhold you from this jewelry bit. Unsilence play wonderful epic Doom Metal in the tradition of Solstice that however also one certainly blow side shows there to My Dying Bride. At the same time an already, almost impudently good feel has the volumes for memorable songwriting, the 4 songs sit down quickly in the head firmly and remain fastened there for long, long time. Front man Andrew Hodson is to be sure no exceptional singer, but for that his voice is full expression and on that it arrives finally. The Opener "Still", with about 6 minutes is the shortest song, starts with powerful guitar riffs and remains quickly hang through its hymnlikeness (it is also the single track, in that a chorus occurs). A more entraining more driving song, "Unknown", wakes within me both musically and lyrical memories of the punishable unknown Englishmen Warning. "Deep Is The Stigma" thrones on majestic guitar ramparts and will refine with the probably best song lines of the MCD. Something out of the frame fells to the termination of the titeltrack "A Walk Through Oceans", that quite quietly and almost something begins a slight touch of gothic, in order to win then increasingly at hardness. The second half the song could go through in view of the guitar work and the used growls as a homage to old My Dying Bride. That not anyway many volumes would not try themselves at its sound, but belong to the entirely few to Unsilence, that nearly come the original and the influences furthermore very sent incorporate in its characteristic sound. "A Walk Through Oceans" was recorded in the Academy studios of the learned maker Mags with a worthy and very differentiated production, that juts out above all in the drumsound. Also the sad but beautiful texts, for which singers Andrew responsibly draw himself and/or in the trap of "Deep is the stigma" guitarist Kieron Touhey, are a further highlights.
Review by Volker. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.metalsperes.de
DOOM ALTAR (U.S.A.)
Unsilence have been around for nearly 10 years, playing their own unique brand of epic doom metal and through a spate of line up changes they have managed to record two demos, an unreleased album, a mini cd and this, their latest ep, A Walk Through Oceans. This release continues in the more epic direction of 2000's Transfiguration ep, and as before, recorded at the famous Academy Studio in Dewsbury by Mags (Solstice, MDB, Anathema, countless others). Mags has managed a sterling production job this time around, the warm, thick driving guitars of the opener 'Still' embracing the listener, followed by the deep, melodic vocals of Andrew Hodgson. His vocals really are one of the highlights of this ep, a unique set of lungs he possesses, deep tones filled with woe. Imagine Nick Cave if he tried singing like Messiah Marcolin.
The riffs on this album range from epic metal riffing with melodic spiraling leads to slow Candlemass/Solstice-esque doom, featuring keys at times. The band has not betrayed their Death Metal roots though, with some more brutal parts coming through at times, although Hodgson only resorts to a death grunt once on this disc in the last minute of the title track.
'Deep Is The Stigma' is the heaviest track on the ep, starting off with a mid-tempo doom riff while keys play solemnly with mournful guitars and vocals coming into the mix, later changing to an awesome slooooow doom riff with double bass pedals, really adding to the haunting nature of this song. The title track 'A Walk Through Oceans' ends this ep with some soaring epic doom and heavy grinding doom/death, here Hodgson uses his grunt to great effect towards the end of the track. Only problem is that this ep is over all too soon, the band would truly benefit from a full length release.
In the past this band has been compared to Solstice, but on evidence of this release these comparisons are unfair. There are some moments that are similar to Solstice in the more epic parts, but Unsilence don't have the 'sword and sorcery' feeling Solstice have, more like a walk to the graveyard than a ride to the battlefield.
The mixture of epic doom, epic heavy metal and old school death metal influences on this ep is really unique, the band having outgrown and transcended comparisons to Solstice, but is definitely deserving of the attention of the fans of that band, and also Candlemass, My Dying Bride, and Solitude Aeturnus. A great release.,I look forward to hearing a full length sometime in the future.
Review by Olly Pearson. Email: email@example.comWebsite: http://www.geocities.com/doomaltar/
These Englishmen have been working their way trough since 1993 and with their latest MCD, they have added just over thirty minutes of doom metal onto the scene. I could compare what Unsilence presented here a little to Anathema's and the likes' releases years back, years of their greatness... a little of My Dying Bride here and there (the title track most of all). Good melodies, good musicianship. Slow to mid pace songs, adorned with good guitar solos here and there... "A Walk Through Oceans" definitely follows the more epic direction, marked on their previous MCD "Transfiguration".
Nice sounding, clear vocals, pretty strong material. The one thing that annoyed me here were the vocal lines brought far too much forward in my opinion, which made the songs sound a bit weaker than they actually would. And it is definitely the only weak point on this MCD. Which gives much hope for a future full length release.
"A Walk Through Oceans", although not a ground breaking release yet still gives pleasure listening to it. It should probably grip the interest of doom/gothic metal fans.
Review by Lord Darnok Website: http://diabolous.com
ULTIMATE METAL.COM (ENGLAND)
English collective Unsilence have been going for ten years, with several demos and an unreleased album under their belt. The group's latest MCD, "A Walk Through Oceans" continues in a similar vein to it's predecessor "Transfiguration"; slow to mid-paced doom songs which ring of early Anathema and My Dying Bride, with epic leanings. Andrew Hodson's vocals are all sung, and while occasionally not in tune, are generally good, his low range suiting the melancholic mood well. The considered, forlorn riffage of James Kilmurray and Kieron Touhey is effective, sporadically yielding to cleaner tones which help contrast the harsher majority. Bass by David Elliott helps create a solid, powerful sound, enhanced by clear production. The drums of Jonathon Gibbs are simplistic yet fitting, while his sparse keyboards are well-placed and effective. Death-influenced sections help create some variety in the predominantly doom songs, but this doesn't prevent the music sometimes feeling samey, not helped by the fact that there are relatively few catchy tunes in what is otherwise a melodic sound. Solid song-writing can counteract this some of the time, and flowing changes in time and character also help. Hence "A Walk Through Oceans" is a necessity for fans of doom, and heavy downcast music, while those used to an upbeat sound may find it more of a challlenge.
Review by Russell Garwood Website: http://www.ultimatemetal.c
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Death doom from the British Isles. Good solid heavy doom metal with nods to Solstice and the like. I think this band means business as this is getting heavier and meaner than the debut and worthy of your attention
Review by John Perez. Website: http://www.brainticketrecords.com
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