2 Cds released by Singapore's Pulverised, which weren't noticed by the
big public, Unmoored seem to have made the best decision by signing
a deal with Code 666, allowing them a good promotion and a good distribution
through SPV in Germany and Necropolis in the USA; the 3 musicians from
Skövde (Sweden) are aware to have a high quality third CD under
every aspect in their hands, especially as to the songwriting, which
is in the end the most important and the most difficult thing to achieve.
"Unspeakable Grief" opens with a Swedish death structure
on which some gloomy synthetized sounds are added; the viking metal
chorus can't be forgotten and neither can the 2 thundering guitar solos
preceding a crushing riff; the end goes back to the beginning acceleration
like in all their songs, keeping a very regular form through all of
After the first riff, you won't resist the temptation of waving your
neck on the notes of a remarkable break, followed by bell tolls, and
rain, the latter continuing with the second Swedish break as well; then
the matchless trademarked viking metal vocals add a quid to "Commit
to the Fire" which undoubtely turns out to be a song above
A brief guitar tapping before an onslaught is the premise to "Leave-taking",
fast making way for another melodic passage, a classy lick and axe solo;
these guys really know how to play and they like the vicious way, what
more do you want? Soon arrives an original thrash metal riff on which
a second guitar is overdubbed yet playing a different riff, and then...a
violin solo! So fun to listen also when the break becomes angelic and
On the other hand, "Phase of Revulsion" starts violent
at once, deignly enriched by a dark voice and involving drumwork that
literally teach to build a great song; then a short keyboards intervention
and another up-in-your-face attack; as if it weren't enough, there're
also death, black and viking vocals used before a granitic mid-tempo
riff alternates with Vintersorg-like vocals. Maybe that's why this is
my favourite track!
Just an inch inferior is "Morndraper", the classic
violent grind and death composition, whereas "Cinders Veil"
is another masterpiece; this one is based on contrasts between viking
and Swedish death parts and riffs one better than the other; after a
guitar solo, a recitative voice claims William Blake's lyrics excerpted
from a 1890 poem before repeating the initial portion and close with
a guitar solo fading and falling like an endless cascade.
"Spit Forth from Failure" begins like the opener and
this is the only spot on this work; I believe it's a shame they've chosen
the same synthetized effect, but the rest is top-notch Swedish death-thrash
one more time including a neck-breaking time change and another drawing
riff; you've realized their songs are geometrical yet never too elaborated,
and that's why the skillful 3-piece adds a blast and a few whispered
vocals leading to the first strophe repeated, while the riff is looping
and the song gradually loses its high frequencies.
Finally, a tranquil arpeggio, on which the electric axe twins the riff:
it's the beginning of "Final State Part III (posthumous writings)",
gifted with polyinstrumentalist and leader Christian Älvestam's
clean vocals once again; not later a guitar solo on the fashion of Dream
Theater makes a good impression before the end.
If you're looking for a clone of In Flames, hit the road, but if you
like the style of, say, Edge of Sanity, Dimmu Borgir, and melodic metal,
then buy this CD without fear. To emphasize the great recording and
mixing by Tommy Tätgren at the Abyss studios, the effective mastering
at the Criteria mastering house, and last but not least, the painting-styled
artwork, a visual jewel to an already superb 8-track which skims perfection.
Go on like this fellows, you're among the few who keep the flag of technical
and original Swedish death metal high!
MARKUS GANZHERRLICH - 12/7/04