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Unearthly – The Unearhtly

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Last Updated on 12:30 PM by Giorgos Tsekas

Genre: Black / Death Metal
Country: Brazil
Label: Shinigami Records
Year: 2014

If you have ever listened or read anything about the Brazilian band Unearthly, the word Behemoth arised too often. It seems like these guys are taking huge inspiration from them and not only musically. Unearthly also started as a black metal band and evolved into black / death metal. Of the same kind as Behemoth, that’s nice.

The artwork also brings the same thoughts, with an album logo being all too similar. The band’s satanic statements are present everywhere, even though the distinguishable lyrics are not very intelligent but rather simplistic and unoriginal. “Agens Moris” and “The Sin Offering” are two prime examples of this. The question that slowly grows in mind now is, why listen to a worst copy of Behemoth and not Behemoth themselves? After finishing the record, the same question was even more valid.

I haven’t listened to the band’s previous albums but in “The Unearthly”, they show some serious songwriting weaknesses. Most of the guitar melodies are dull and with nothing to give to the listener. At various moments, the band builds up in order to smash a main headbanging part into the track, but that part never comes and the build went all to waste. The drums try to sound too complex with lot’s of blast beating, yet they’re not convincing either, not to mention their plastic sound.

Throughout the listen, some more unusual elements will come along, at least for a band like this. They have traditional Brazilian sounds in “Eshu”, a clean guitar intro in “Chant from the Unearthly Rites” (reminding a lot of American modern metal..?) and some female vocals in “Agens Moris” which are not that bad. The album has enough middle paced moments, which are avoidable compared to when the band goes faster. That’s why two of the tracks I somehow enjoyed were “From Womb to Reborn” and “The Fire of Creation”.

After several listens, I believe the latest Unearthly record doesn’t have much to show for and might as well be quickly forgotten. The tracks lack decent structure and the thematology is shallow, while the production is in overall too loud. The band should work on finding it’s own style more, because right now they just sound like other bands, very much.

 

2/6

VJ
VJ
The gate of the cavern is despair, and its floor is paved with the gravestones of abandoned hopes. There Self must die; there the eagerness, the greed of untamed desire must be slain, for only so can the soul be freed from the empire of Fate.

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