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Unholy : From the Shadows

This is a very strange album. Unholy's sound can be defined as avantgarde blackdoom, but it's very difficult to find a term to describe this music in the first place. The song structures are very strange and unconventional and the whole album has a very unaccesible, psychotic sound. The male vocals are very brutal, maniacal screams and grunts, but the female vocals they use once and then are not less bizarre. The guitar work is very heavy. Some keyboards are used occasionaly to assist in creating an icecold, trance-like atmosphere. Also the drumming and percussion sound very strange and vary from very rhythmical drum work to primitive tam-tam sounds.

The album starts very powerful with 'Alone' a track full of rhythm changes and an anxiety-evoking atmosphere. Also the second track is incredible, featuring a funeral organ and weird female vocals, creating a dissonant, completely psychotic atmosphere until some harsh screams and heavy guitars drag the listener into the depths of hell.

Unfortunately, they can't keep the same level during the whole work and it may get boring to listen to the whole album at once, although 'Colossal Vision' is another track that stands out with its variation of themes and heaviness. Nevertheless, it is a remarkable debut from an interesting band, something the doom maniac should definately check out.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Alone
2. Gray Blow
3. Creative Lunacy
4. Autumn
5. Stench of Ishtar
6. Colossal Vision
7. Time Has Gone
8. The Trip Was Infra Green
9. Passe Tiermes

Duration : Approx. 63 minutes.

Visit the Unholy bandpage.

Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Kostas Panagiotou
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