I'm Back once again.. it is time for another album review. Today we have something metal.. something hard and something, that has taken me a bit to really try to catch what this album is about.
However, as you know I have to run down a little history so.
Unconscious Disturbance was formed in 2005 by three metal heads two of them, the drummer Daniel Freiberg and guitarist Patrick Carcas began playing together at the age of 8, and when they formed in 2005 they got a lead singer by the name of Frederico Carneiro. They recoreded their first demo in a local studio.. and then shortly after that brought in a second guitarist Daniel's younger brother Kiko.
Mind's Corner is their first real album, and how does it sound?
Well..... You can tell there is chemistry, in some aspects, but others there really isn't.
Musically it is great, the combination of all the instruments is amazing, they really do come together as a unified team of metal! Then the vocals come in, and it really just tosses all that perfection out the window! I have tried to see if I can like that part of it but my ears keeps coming back to the vocals. I don't like it!
Hear me out before I have a angry mob coming after me.
I have been trying to compare the vocals to other screaming vocals, and I KNOW what is missing. Vocal range! Honestly it is missing a vocal range that would be suited to the music that the rest of the band is playing. There is passion there, but there is no harmony with it no range, and where there is range it is no consistent with the rest of the song, which really just ruins the songs... and there is eight of them that I tried to enjoy but in my opinion the vocals wrecks it.
Case in point.... where you can find one of the singles from the upcoming album here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itSQl-BMim0 it has a great intro with a great instrumental, then about 2:30 into the song the vocals come in, scattered, and just screaming at you in a way that doesn't suit the song, it almost makes it unbearable to hear it.
I may be getting old maybe I like something that has more of a vocal range to complement the guitars, bass and drums? Maybe it isnt my cup of tea or... beer when it comes to metal like this? This how ever needs more work if there was even a bit more in vocal range this album can do SO much better. I just got tired of the same style of screaming over and over in every song that it ruined it for me and it ruined the songs! The vocals should be worked around the instruments.. not the other way around!
As I said before there are eight songs on this album an the time on this album comes in at 66 minutes. The shortest song is "Key Club" which comes in at a very average 3:35. The longest song is "The Valley" at 15:31. The average song is about 7 mins long. Sometimes it feels a little to long, but the instrumentals do the songs justice.
I do like the work with the guitar, bass, and drums, however there are some spots where it sounds a bit basic, but it is the way they are trying to get the music to be and sound, some of the solo's could have been a bit more thought out, but for the songs they have it does work within what they were trying to achieve.
The best/worst on this album isn't going to be in the songs themselves, but the way they were made. As I have said the best is the way the guitars, bass and drums come together. The worst is the vocals. I think with some work with a vocal coach to get more of a range going and not just one tone with a flat or sharp added to the voice, there could be a lot more going for them. Needs to be, tuned so to speak. Having one song with the same monotone vocal may work, but a full album, really doesn't and it gets to be a bit hard on the ears.
So this one I'm going to have to split up the two in my review.. for the instrumentals a great 7/10 they have the mix to make it sound great and they have the potential to really go the distance, but there may be some tweaking to go with it. As for the vocals that is a disappointing 3/10, it hurt to have them come in after such a great start with the instruments, and have it basically ruin what could have been some great songs. Hopefully they come back stronger with a new album with some vocal range from the lead singer and show what kind of talent they can truly be!
For now I'm PK saying ROCK ON, and we will see you on the next show.
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