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UNSOUL is a German Progressive/Avant Death Metal act formed in 1995. The band released their debut full-length studio album 'Seed of Rage' in 1999. The next 9 years the band released a string of EPs, Splits and demos before releasing their 2nd full-length studio album 'Magnetic Mountain' in 2008.

The band's sound is unique and experimental, consisting of a heavily rhythmic death metal foundation, adorned with unusual psychedelic keyboard sounds. To a certain extent, they might be compared to ARCTURUS.

( Biography written by UMUR/Bonnek)

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 Magnetic Mountain by UNSOUL album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.98 | 3 ratings

Magnetic Mountain
Unsoul Experimental/Post Metal

Review by Rune2000
Special Collaborator Prog Metal Team

4 stars Just like almost everyone, I stumbled upon Unsoul through their international party hit Dance Your Legs Off and was quite impressed with the group's ability to blend extreme metal with avant-garde and ... dance music!

Ok, I admit that the reach of the song was not as widespread as it might (or should) have been but wouldn't it honestly have been a wonderful alternate universe to live in? Even if my surprise obsession with the band's mega hit was quite overwhelming, the full length album Magnetic Mountain was an even bigger sensation that had spent quite a few weeks on my playlist. Eventually I had to go cold turkey on the whole experience since I started feeling that my obsession had reached horrific levels of intensity. Looking back on this whole experience, I definitely still have a great deal of passion for this somewhat belated sophomore effort from the German collective and taking a trip to their native country for an Unsoul concert experience have not escaped my mind.

Unfortunately now that the sense of perspective have caught up to my experience and I had a few month distance from the album, I can honestly say that I love it a lot but not enough to grant it a rating of a full fledged masterpiece. There are quite a few compositions on this record that might have been even more engaging, both structure and atmosphere wise, have they give the same intense treatment to the material like they did to the hit single (which by this point needs no introduction), Way Less Space and Breaking The Frames. These three stand out tracks create the main bulk that this album relies upon and the rest of the material serves as enjoyable transport distances between these compositions.

I highly recommend Magnetic Mountain to fans of eclectic metal music who enjoy bands like Unexpect and Mr.Bungle. Unsoul might just have something for you on this great record!

***** star songs: Way Less Space (4:49) Dance Your Legs Off (3:16) Post- (1:31) Breaking The Frames (4:55)

**** star songs: Rebel Prostitute (5:40) Swancorpse (4:40) Neverest (4:24) Contratto Senza Piet? (2:28) Pre- (1:56) I Loss (5:11) Secret City (2:40)

*** star songs: Magnitogorsk (1:10)

 Magnetic Mountain by UNSOUL album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.98 | 3 ratings

Magnetic Mountain
Unsoul Experimental/Post Metal

Review by Conor Fynes
Prog Reviewer

4 stars 'Magnetic Mountain' - Unsoul (8/10)

Nearly a decade after releasing their first album, Unsoul returned in 2008 with a surprising second album. 'Magnetic Mountain' is an avant-garde metal album in the proud tradition of weirdness demonstrated best by bands like Solefald and Arcturus. Despite falling within the umbrella of death metal, Unsoul prove here that they are much more than that. For what this group lacks in identity and direction, they make up for in creativity and a willingness to experiment with the boundaries of genre.

'Magnetic Mountain' began with me thinking this was another Opeth soundalike, attempting to combine sorrow and melody into the death metal formula. At least as far as a handful of songs on this album go, I was correct; Unsoul sometimes sounds very much like Opeth, and to their credit, they do a good job of creating a melancholic atmosphere in the music with these songs, even if it is something that has been done better before. Of particular note is a beautiful theme that introduces itself halfway through the album, and again at the end. Had this been the only brand of material that Unsoul delivered with 'Magnetic Mountain', I would have still been impressed to an extent; be it through a keyboard texture or strong riff, Unsoul keep their sound interesting and engaging.

Of course, Unsoul deliver quite a bit more than mere melodic death metal; after all, those avant-garde labels aren't floating around for nothing. A perfect example of how Unsoul can be surprising is the track 'Dance Your Legs Off.' From this title alone, one can possibly get the picture that this is not a melancholic death metal track we are talking about. No, instead of the run-of-the-mill, Unsoul delivers some bestial child of dance music, death metal, and Primus. Does it work? I would say so, although the sudden burst of silliness in the face of what was otherwise sincerely sorrowful music is a bit shocking at first, but assuming a decent sense of humour is involved, a listener should at least be able to understand the fun involved. Another more characteristically avant-garde moment of the album is where Unsoul bursts into highly dissonant orchestrations, before breaking out into twitchy symphonic metal that sounds a glimmer away from avant-metal darlings uneXpect. In a way, Unsoul's avant stylings feel a little derived at times, but what makes 'Magnetic Mountain' so great is the fact that they are able to execute this different death metal styles so well. I get the impression that Unsoul isn't quite sure what they want their niche to be, but as far as this album goes, it works quite nicely.

Thanks to bonnek for the artist addition.

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