Some metalheads know it, Poland delivers a nice amount of quality metal bands. Vader
to name a few. Unsun
is a young Gothic Metal
band featuring Mauser from Vader
and Heinrich from Vesania
. After a promising demo, comes this great album called 'The End
' that combines the classic gothic sound with the power of the death metal guitarists.
The album starts with the song 'Whispers'. This song is a great warm-up for the whole album and keep hanging around in your head for days. Here you can clearly hear that Mauser and Heinrich have played in a Death
metal band. The song packs a punch but to some it may be sligthly too 'poppy'.
The combination of melodic female vocals and a grunting guitar returns several times in this album. The songs have all a nice intro and often the band jumps in to drive the speed up. 'Lost Innocence
' and 'Closer
' are all build in this way and it doesn't seem to bore the listener.
In contrary to the distorted guitars, Unsun
added some lighter song too. This are songs like 'Memories' and 'Bring me To Heaven
'. This adds an enjoyable balance to the whole album and shows that Aya can handle more than only powerful songs. Throughout the whole album she shows she has a good vocal range. Her pronunciation could be better because you can hear quite often she's Polish (no offense of course).
The album ends with the songs 'Indifference'. The intro here is very techno-like but you must keep on listening because it's only the intro that sounds strange.
Overall this is a debut good album, offering a more powerful sound that bands like Sirenia
but staying true too the classic sound. It offers Gothic Metal
in a nice newer jacket. The downsides are the strange intro on 'Indifference' and Aya's pronunciation sometimes. But the last one will be probably gone with the next album. I surely recommend this album even to people who aren't really into Gothic Metal
Short about their first live acts: Live
quite true to the album. The whole band delivers a good performance, interaction with the crowd etc. Though Aya seems quite nervous when performing but that I'll forgive her because probably everybody would be nervous when going on tour for the first time.