The Calgary duo the Unravelling are back with an impressive new single called "Revolt. The industrial revival has not come back full swing yet. Nine Inch Nails put the hard edged guitars away in favor of a more edm styled sound. So if that is something you have been missing then you have come to the right place. Though this project doesn't have the same stiff chugged feel many of the bands that came out in the wake of "Psalm 69". This is the first we are hearing from the group after their lead singer was out of commission for a year due to heath problems making this the first new music since their 2010 release “ 13 Arcane Hymns”. This shows the project evolving from being just another Tool influenced hard rock stuck in the 90s to something more promising.
Though their influences are not always worn on their sleeves they do shine through rather brightly in some moments. The first comparison that came to mind was this is what it might sound like if Devin Townsend decided to cover Nine Inch Nail's "Reptile". I think the results would not be too much unlike this. The guitar carries a similar chug to the one Reznor captured on that album. If you can be compared in any way to the "Downward Spiral "then you have made something on that has to at the very least be on the upside of decent, as that album is one of the best sounding albums ever recorded. This makes the work of the due’s instrumentalist Perhaps these guys are into progressive rock as they claim on their Bandcamp page, but this much closer to industrial than prog. Nothing wanders out of place, the song is only four and a half minutes, which is what the intro to a prog rock song would be.
The vocal delivery falls closer to the God Lives Under Water side of industrial rock, when he backs of and uses a more subtle dynamic it's much more Nine Inch Nails, as is the trickling single note melody. If you missed out on when this music peaked in the 90s these guys have a grasp of the more Head banger’s Ball style industrial, where the emphasis is the guitar rather than the electronic smoke and mirrors. The lyrics are one of this project’s strengths, they cloaked in metaphors while still being a harsh, but spot on criticism of big American materialism that spreads it's infection on a global level.
Who would have thought that the band would come across heavier without being as centered around guitar as their previous efforts? This might not rival Ministry’s tougher moments and Meshuggah has nothing to fear, this has a tangible emotional rawness that makes up for the lack of blast beats and gurgled growls. I look forward to hearing what an entire album heading into this direction will bring from this project which has no shortage of talent and has begun to carve our their own identity for themselves with this release. Check it out below.