'For The Kingdom' EP
Release Date: 23rd May 2014
Gary 'Rockulus' Clarke
I'm not going to lie to you; I truly adore the self-titled debut album by these guys.
Retaining melody and powerful arrangements with those fantastic and experienced lead vocals by Michael Kiske, what's not to love when you set that 2012 album to spin?! (That's a rhetorical question just so you know).
So here we are confronted by the first taster from their newly recorded sophomore album, currently untitled or at the very least hidden from the general public.
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The title track of this EP is melodic and yet a little fierce than what was received with their self-titled debut album a couple of years ago. 'You Come Undone' is also a studio-based recording and is clearly labelled as an exclusive track for this extended player.
Both of these studio recordings bode well for the forthcoming second studio outing as they possess all the strengths that fans of classic-era Helloween or the Unisonic debut album would wish for. Knowing how many Metal fans go "ga-ga" over the double-bass, Unisonic deliver without any shame to these upbeat and yet refined songs.
The four live recordings added here are very interesting if you missed any of their live shows. Opening with their namesake as the crowd fades into earshot, they're accompanied by the well known classical piece 'Ride Of The Valkyries originally composed by Wagner, before some snippets of popular monologue including a segment of the narrative adopted by Guns N'Roses during the beginning of 'Civil War'.
Once the band is loose to run riot, the live rendition of 'Unisonic' is solid and well delivered. You'd expect little else from a band made up of Kai Hansen, Dennis Ward, Mandy Meyer and Kosta Zafiriou. The sustain located at the tail end of 'Unisonic' travels directly into soft cymbal counting in 'Never Too Late'. This is another good quality recording capturing a familiar track from their debut being pummelled to an adoring audience.
'Star Rider' and 'Souls Alive' are also given the live recording treatment and will be familiar to those who possess the debut album, and even more so with 'Souls Alive' being shared in demo form on the band's 'Ignition' debut EP as well.
The artwork is cool providing potential clues to what is to be expected in July when they unveil album number two. The presentation hints at possible “Steam Punk” imagery which raises expectation and suspicion.
Time will naturally tell whether this is to be true or just a red herring. All we do know at this junction, is the band are content as a unit and they have delivered a solid six-tracker which promises positive results when the next album is eventually released.
For The Kingdom
You Come Undone
Never Too Late [Live]
Star Rider [Live]
Souls Alive [Live]