Unhold – Towering (Czar of Crickets)


Unhold split up in 2012 after being together for 20 years. They released 3 full-length albums but it has been 7 years since the last release, so here they are back in 2015 with a new lineup and a most challenging affair of a new album. Most of the influences are very obvious on thisUnhold split up in 2012 after being together for 20 years. They released 3 full-length albums but it has been 7 years since the last release, so here they are back in 2015 with a new lineup and a most challenging affair of a new album. Most of the influences are very obvious on this one, Neurosis, Isis etc.. “I Belong” demonstrates this with the use of an understated chugging riff accentuated by a brass section, the track builds through a series of passages before heading into a riff with an underlying melody which is barely audible but you definitely would miss its presence if absent. The album as a whole is varied, going from the Unsane style riffing of “Southern Grave” to the Deftones styled “Voices Within” which features a switch to female vocals and also features a beautiful piano melody. Epic is a well overused word but this is really what Unhold are laying out here, epic tunes with atmosphere and anticipation built in. There is light and shade and at times slips into indie rock territory, it really is that diverse. The title track is a 9 minute instrumental with samples which also encompasses an orchestral undercurrent, […]

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