The first noticeable thing about Move Forward Until You Are Dead, the opening track of 13 Arcane Hymns, is how different it is. This is not your father’s heavy metal. Not quite doom metal, not quite death metal, not quite Rob Zombie, The Unravelling are a hard rocking band from Canada. What’s the most unique part about this band? There are only two members.
Gustavo De Beauville handled all the music and musical arrangements while Steve Moore took care of all the vocals and lyrics. For this album, they recruited studio engineer Casey Lewis to play drums, and he did a fine job.
Dark in theme and sound, 13 Arcane Hymns is an album that rocks heavy and hard. From the opening guitar riff of Move Forward Until You Are Dead to the last notes of Victory Song, this is heavy metal for a new generation. The Unravelling are a unique breath of life in a stagnant metal scene. Their decidedly different hard rock is an enjoyable experience, even for those that don’t particularly care for doom metal.
The rhythm of the album is mesmerizing. Like a rollercoaster ride of rock and roll, the songs go up (way up) and drop down (way down) in perfect symmetry. Just when you think the ride is over, there’s more. All the while, 13 Arcane Hymns is getting better and better.
Steve Moore shows off a wide range of ability on this album. From soft and sweet and almost Michael Stipe-like (yes, that Michael Stipe), to loud and growling, Moore has a range that is quite impressive. Open Skull is a fine example of his spectrum. The verses are full of passionate screaming and power, while the chorus turns into a softer sung song.
Gustavo DeBeauville has some excellent talent on the guitar and his lead riffs on Last Rights Protest are a fine example of his ability with the ax in his hand. On top of all his brilliant ability with the guitar, DeBeauville also plays the bass and rhythm guitars on the entire album. His bass work is fantastic as well and his musical ability compliments Moore’s vocals perfectly.
It’s hard to believe that only two guys came up with such an amazing album. If you’re a fan of heavy, dark, rock, than 13 Arcane Hymns is an album you should own. With bold and beautiful music, lyrics that make you think, and lead vocals that range the spectrum like not many can, The Unravelling’s 13 Arcane Hymns is a solid album worth listening to over and over again.
For more about the band and where to find the record, visit http://www.theunravellingmusic.com/
Ryo’s Rating – 8.5 (out of 10)
Move Forward Until You Are Dead
Last Rights Protest
In The Safe House
Where Will It End?
Disconnect – Connect