(8/10) A real interesting new project takes off on May 5th, when The Unity releases their self-titled debut. This powerhouse from Germany bridges hardrock and melodic metal with 12 songs that are highly entertaining.
The Unity is the brainchild of two Gamma Ray member – Henjo Richter (g) and Michael Ehré (d). Not only that both musicians are part of one of the most successful melodic metal bands, the guys also found a very solid common ground when it comes to music and personal level. The seed that planted into this fruitful soil was a high level creativity that even goes beyond Gamma Ray. It was over time when The Unity developed without having had a distinct starting point. The further the two metal passionistas evolved their idea the more important it became to find more partner is crime to complete a line-up for The Unity.
Talented singer Gianba Manenti joined the team. Bassist Jogi Sweers did the same and after also having keyboarder Sascha Onnen plus guitarist Stef E. on board the band was ready to rock.
What ready to rock means is what this six-piece band clearly states on this debut. The ten songs are well-crafted melodic metal anthems that can be seen as ear-treats for fans of band like Gamma Ray and Stratovarius.
“Rise and Fall”, the opener, takes no prisoners, being a strong statement in the beginning of an album that's amazing. Screaming guitars kicks in right from the start of this uptempo song that’s a perfect hybrid of melody and heaviness.
Next to the fast tracks there are moderate paced anthems on the album too, of which “God of Temptation” is one. Also the following “Firesign” comes with a medium-based tempo by being a mighty smasher that includes all the trademarks of The Unity.
Another song that creates excitement is the melodic rocker “The Wishing Well” which reminds of bluesy hardrock a la Whitesnake and also “Redeemer” belongs to the best hardrock can offer, including a chorus that brought Rainbow to my mind.
To conclude, “The Unity” is a very entertaining and powerful melodic metal release that lives by its freshness and dynamic. This album features music that’s build on passion that’s skillfully embedded in ten excellent metal songs.
- Rise And Fall
- No More Lies
- God of Temptation
- Always Just You
- Close To Crazy
- The Wishing Well
- Edens Fall
- Super Distortion
- Killer Instinct
- Never Forget
Genre: Melodic Metal
Release Date EU: May 5th, 2017