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TENSE

Unified Past

 

Progressive Metal

3.05 | 3 ratings

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Windhawk
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3 stars US band Unified Past has certainly made an album that has it's moments here, and while there's a few elements lacking to create what for me would appear to be a really good album there's certainly a few charming numbers to be found.

Points of reference for this act might be bands such as Rush and King Crimson, lightly spiced with textures from both 80's heavy metal and space rock in the Eloy tradition. One one hand we're served what sounds like Rush spiced with traditional metal, sporting chugging riffs and the occasional space-tinged keyboard textures, on the other we're served lighter and quirkier creations with more of a Crimsonian tinge to them, but maintaining a Rush-like flavour to the overall sound.

Clean and acoustic guitar provides some folk-tinged flavours on occasion as well, which at times gives the album a sort of Zeppelin presence.

While quite a few of these excursions are charming, the lead vocals as well as the mix and production leaves a bit to be desired. Some of the tracks does suffer a bit from a lack of a distinct direction as well. But if the overall blend of styles here sounds interesting, and the vocals aren't too big of an issue with you in general, you might want to check out this band further.

Windhawk | 3/5 |

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