The Espresso: a quick review of Unverkalt’s debut single “The Boundary”
I have to give credit to fellow reviewer The Noise Blog for getting me to check out Greek post-rock/metallers Unverkalt. Being a new band, the group only released their debut single “The Boundary” a few weeks ago, and wow what a super impressive song to start out with!
The Noise Blog hit the nail on the head when they compared this track to Cult of Luna and Julie Christmas’ collaborative effort Mariner. Their album was one of my favorites of the past 5 years, so of course I was keen to give “The Boundary” a listen. The song definitely holds a candle to Mariner, but it has enough of its own thing going on too.
Centered around pounding toms and haunting, hooky vocal melodies, this song bound to put you in a stupor. The ocean of layered guitars only adds to this, making for a track that is mournful yet engaging. The crisp production helps too; this sounds like a band on their third or fourth album rather than their debut single. Vocalist Demetria Kvu does an excellent job of matching the band’s shifts in dynamics. At the song’s most climactic moments, she belts out these jaw-dropping high notes. The only issue with this song is that the band set the bar so high for the rest of their debut album!
For a band to sound this good on their first song is something of an anomaly. I would say I’m really excited for the full album, but I think that’s still an understatement! The full thing doesn’t come out until November 20th, so don’t finalize your AOTY lists too early!
Unverkalt’s debut album L’Origine du Monde is out on November 20th. You can preorder the album here or at the BandCamp link below.
FFO: Cult of Luna, Tool, Björk