UnSun - The End Of Life review
|Album:||The End Of Life|
|Release date:||September 2008|
02. Lost Innocence
03. Blinded By Hatred
04. Face The Truth
05. The Other Side
08. Bring Me To Heaven
09. On The Edge
10. Closer To Death
The fact that Unsun is believed to be a side project of a Vader is completely understandable why fans would have high expectations of this project. As for the matter of fact, Unsun really isn't a relative of Vader. Unsun is merely a project regardless which members played in what bands. Also, it is ridiculously silly to negate a project just because the band's music isn't similar to that of a band member's former band. Therefore, if readers are expecting a review of contradiction towards "Vader's side project" then they may simply exit this page because that is totally not the point of this review. In fact, Vader has absolutely no recognition in this review. This review is clearly all about this talented band called Unsun.
The only contradiction I am going to point out is the genre. I firmly stand my ground that the genre of gothic metal is almost inexistent. Unsun is purely atmospheric metal with several alternative elements.
Besides a band member's history, and the opinion of genres, what is really important about Unsun and what should be taken to full acknowledgment, is their music. Melancholy is the emotion that perfectly describes the atmosphere The End Of Life creates. Track after track, the mind floats and the body swiftly drifts.
Besides the melancholy of the atmosphere, the guitarists certainly incorporate a fair amount of distortion and a few guitar solos. Most tracks on The End Of Life, such as "Whispers", "Lost Innocence", and "Closer To Death", contain to an extent a darker musical passage. As opposed to some other tracks, such as "Blinded By Hatred", "Face The Truth", and "Destiny", are almost purely melancholic. But either or, all tracks contribute to the ill-fated mood of The End Of Life.
The vocals are very interesting. For a first time listener, this may sound a little like pop music. In fact, on YouTube someone went as far as patronizing Unsun by sarcastically saying "Brittany Spears has a band now!" Absolute non sense, the vocals are not that different from the female vocals of Catafalque, Leaves' Eyes, and Sirenia. In fact, The End Of Life has all elements of atmospheric metal, and Unsun generally are just as worthy as the other beautiful atmospheric/symphonic metal bands out there.
The End Of Life is put out by Century Media Records and distributed by EMI, two very huge and mainstream labels. However, listeners really should not take this into account. Keep in mind, Behemoth is currently signed with Century Media; and so are Finntroll and Warbringer. Therefore the fact that Unsun is supported by a large label isn't important.
I strongly recommend Unsun to fans of Sirenia, Leaves' Eyes, and Within Temptation.
Greetings to Poland
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