Bringing something more flavourful and progressive within its metalcore web, Unprocessed have touched down with their newest release, an EP titled Perception which showcases so much that this Wiesbaden quintet have up their sleeves. For three years this band have being going from strength to strength, releasing a full-length In Concretion in 2014 to keep you salivating and wanting more. Now we reach 2016 and you get to hear the culmination of everything they’ve worked hard for put into something that will give even the bands that are able to sell out academy-sized venues a run for their money.
Right out of the gate, you’re treated to something majestic mixed with something that absolutely breaks down walls with “Praludium.” The immediate bounce from the rhythm gives you something bass heavy right into the foreground with the track to progressing into a completely different riff structure and gives Manuel Gardner Fernandes that more treble-edged side to bring something ear-catching with his cleans. With the EP progressing showing off more and more experiments and instrumentation magnificence, tracks like “Life: A Prologue of Death” and “Death: An Epilogue of Life” give this sense of everlasting beauty in its lead guitar whilst the rhythm underlining bass tone elevates this tenfold. The choruses as well bring out the best in Fernandes’ vocals, giving the tracks that extra positive brightness.
Each song gives its own individuality whether it be with modern metal guitar-work punching you from all sides to just sounding like a huge prog metal track, with each tracks structure you get a feeling that one by one, Perception takes you to a separate island for each song and gives you a lovely guided tour of what is beautiful within its world. “Desert by the Sea” and “Perspective” especially are a highlight on the record just because of the fact that its not trying hard to be outlandish and feel like the members hands are moving faster than their eyes can catch up with. The tracks have a certain “mainstream” quality within its walls with the fairly upbeat chord progressions heavily thanked by the guitar lead accentuating each transition.
From start to finish, Unprocessed brings an amazing sound and likability to them with a veritable smorgasbord of songs and sections to make even the most stubborn of prog/djent fans shed a small tear of joy. Whilst it may not be the “perfect” progressive record, these five gentlemen have set a high standard for people to reach, even for the more veteran acts.