|Review: Unisonic - Unisonic|
Label: Ear Music
Year released: 2012
Genre: Power Metal
Review online: April 22, 2012
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Rated 3.49/5 (69.78%) (45 Votes)
This is the first release by this sort-of supergroup which most prominently features Micheal Kiske and Kai Hansen (do I really have to tell you who these guys are?), also featuring ex-members of Pink Cream 69, Krokus, and D C Cooper. In all, an impressive lineup of German metal veterans, which is why it's disappointing they couldn't do better than this.
The opener, "Unisonic" (from the band Unisonic, on the album Unisonic - man they liked that word) is probably the best song on here, with propulsive guitar playing and a catchy chorus that gets repeated way too much. Kiske is in fine form, Kai's leadwork is solid, and the production is clean and pro, but problems are already evident and only get worse as the album goes on.
The production may be clean, but it is also weak, with no grit in the guitar tone and Kiske's vocals the obvious focal point for the songs. Kiske sounds good, but his vocal lines are pure pop cheese when they are not just tepid, and he is playing it so safe he never once sounds excited about what he is doing. "Phoned-in" is how I would describe his work here. Kai's riffs are smooth, glossy rhythm tracks with no melodic interest or sharp edges at all.
It's obvious that this is exactly the music these guys wanted to make, but as far as I can see it has little value as any kind of art and limited appeal as entertainment. There are some decent melodic moments on this disc, but the lyrics are shallow and meaningless, the compositions unchallenging and lacking in energy, and sometimes - as on the horrible "Star Rider" and the even worse "never Change Me" - they are actively sickening, buried in pop sounds and hillbilly-rock chord progressions and vocal lines. Disposable pop/rock nonsense.
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