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Unsilence : Under a Torn Sky

For a band that has been around since 1994, and has released a good amount of demos and EPs, I was expecting maybe too much. One thing is sure: I was expecting some maturity. Whether you will appreciate Unsilence' first real album or not is simply a matter of answering the following question: Have you ever listened to Warning's masterpiece Watching For A Distance?

Because the band from Bolton has done so. And it seems that this album was given more than a spin in their rehearsal room. From start to end, this album screams Warning through every riff, every vocal performance, every drum pattern... It screams it so loud that you start wondering if, in fact, this couldn't be Warning coming back under a new name. But it is not, and pretty soon you start to notice the differences. Mostly a lack of ambition to be anything besides the new Warning now that Warning is dead. In fact, what seems to be a dedicated will to forsake personality for sound brings some uneasiness to the listening experience.

Mind you, if I take strictly the musical performance, this album is top notch. If you have NEVER in your life heard anything released by Warning, then you'll find yourself in a hell of a Doom roller-coaster ride, bringing what Trad. Doom has best to offer. That is, if you have NEVER heard a Warning album. Because in the opposite case, what you'll get here is just a watered down copy of the original. It's up to you, in the end, to choose whether you' ll look for the original thing or just get right with its clone (I have chosen the original one myself). As far as it goes, there are worse things in the Doom scene than wanting to be the clone of a great band. Or maybe not.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. The Last Day
2. The Burning Midnight
3. Transfiguration
4. Barricade
5. Echoes Awaken
6. Of What May Become
7. The Hour Of Arrival
8. Winds Of Enlightenment

Duration : Approx. 54 minutes.

Visit the Unsilence bandpage.

Reviewed on 30-03-2010 by Laurent Lignon
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