Three years have meanwhile passed since UNBOUND called people’s attention by their debut „In Infinity“. A damn long time for a new comer if you don’t want to be forgotten. But now the German band that still plays a mixture of (Death) Metal and Hardcore is there again.
The new disc is titled „Revenge For The Innocent” and was a pretty hard birth, taking into consideration that the band had begun to make preparations for the album in 2001. Compared to “Infinity” not really much has changed musically. Throughout the band bets on mid tempo songs that sometimes more and sometimes less sound like PANTERA with a Death Metal touch. This is also due to vocalist Marcel Stefanec who is very reminiscent of Phil Anselmo (ex-PANTERA vocalist) on the first two tracks “Days Of Suppression” and “King Slave”. Whereas on tracks like my personal fave “Infernal War” he goes more into the Death Metal corner. On “Back To Start” he even sings clean once. Unfortunately the music belonging to it is not necessarily varied. Like I said before the band mainly dwells in mid tempo regions and only rarely enters other realms. Despite the good riffing a few faster songs wouldn’t have caused any harm. Thus it takes a few listenings until you keep the songs in mind. An asset of “Revenge For The Innocent” is the strong sound which, by the way, was done by Stefan Köllner, drummer of DOMAIN and ex-SYMPHORCE. The guitars sound nicely powerful and thus the music’s groove is wonderfully transported.
Summing it up you could call the second UNBOUND output well done. “Revenge For The Innocent” can definitely compete with their debut. Personally I would prefer some more variation and tempo changes. It seems like the band hasn’t completely managed to find its style yet. But they’re definitely heading for the right direction. In our forum (which you should all visit, of course!) somebody asked for good Death Metal bands lately that exclusively use mid tempo. UNBOUND would be my additional tip here, even though they are no pure Death Metal band. Check them out!
Check out tips: “Internal War”, “King Slave”, “Back To Start”… (Online April 29, 2004)