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Unexpect - In A Flesh Aquarium (9,5/10) - Canada - 2006

Genre: Avantgarde Metal
Label: The End Records
Playing time: 60:36
Band homepage: Unexpect

Tracklist:

  1. Chromatic Chimera
  2. Feasting Fools
  3. Desert Urbania
  4. Summoning Scenes
  5. Silence 011010701
  6. Megalomaniac Trees >mp3
  7. The Shiver – Another Dissonant Chord
  8. The Shiver – Meet Me At The Carrousel
  9. The Shiver – A Clown’s Mindtrap
  10. Psychic Jugglers
Unexpect - In A Flesh Aquarium

UNEXPECT released a teaser of an EP in 2003. With only 4 songs (one being an instrumental), it got them a good deal of recognition, a record deal with The End Records and made all of their fans drool in anticipation with the advent of the new album.

 

Staying true to their name and their reputation for creating unorthodox and unconventional music with lots of unexpected (pun not intended), "In A Flesh Aquarium" continues where "_We, Invaders" left off. Literally. Starting off with a reworked version of "Chromatic Chimera", these 7 eclectic, eccentric and creative musicians take you on an hour long journey full of many different musical aesthetics, with surprises and turns at every corner. This would result "In A Flesh Aquarium" to sound like Extreme Metal circus music.

 

For a better description of the music, picture a band bringing together Folk Music, Techno, Funk, Jazz, Classical and Extreme Metal and that not only use those influences to create melodies and riffs within the mindset of Metal, but also manage to cross-splice these genres. Funky basslines with Death Metal drumming and keyboards playing Acid Jazz, Guitars playing a Black Metal inspired riff with the violins playing something that sounds like Classical music and other such combinations are ever-present on the album.

 

Most importantly, the music on this album ROCKS. It would be totally pointless for musicians as talented as the seven in UNEXPECT to create something as unique as "In A Flesh Aquarium" if the music sucks, but the melodies that are on the album are both catchy and intricate and the free-form song-writing structures help better convey the feeling and add to the dynamics of the album. One thing I noticed, is that the first 4 songs are a lot more...chaotic in nature with the interplay between the instruments, with much more spastic changes and other general weirdness. After the atmospheric instrumental "Silence_011010701", whose latter half sounds like the theme to an EPIC apocalyptic movie, the music becomes more restrained (by UNEXPECT's standards, of course). However, there is an increase in the use of counterpoint melodies, with the lead instruments of the section (whatever they may be at the time) straying off into their own little paths, yet ultimately still reaching towards the same goal.

 

"In A Flesh Aquarium" is a unique, crazy, eccentric and strange mindfuck of an album, but it's absolutely incredible. That's what you get when you get 7 crazy and skilled musicians and allow them to write whatever the hell they want.

 

Check out tips: "Silence_011010701", "Feasting Fools" and "Megalomaniac Trees". The whole album is great, though. (Online September 29, 2006)

Armen Janjanian



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