Review – The Unravelling: Revolt

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  • Label: Self-release
  • Release Date: April 25th, 2015
  • Genre: Industrial
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Revolt is the latest single from Calgary, Alberta, Canada industrial group The Unravelling. It follows the band’s 2010 debut album 13 Arcane Hymns, as well as Steve Moore’s bout with cancer that sent the project into hiatus. Having won the fight, the group returns to active duty with this brand new track that has earned a good deal of attention on-line, and is available as a “name your price” download through the group’s Bandcamp. But, after all this time and the events that have passed, does this new track stand out, or is it a rough re-introduction of the group?

Unlike the band’s previous album, there’s little hard rock in the mix to really be spoken of. Instead, this industrial-heavy slab is a dark, rain-soaked slab of industrialized tension. The bleak landscapes do feel as though it were an expression of Steve’s struggle with the illness he recently faced, and in that way, the song is a respectable trudge forward to a more glorious world where the sun starts to break through. Deep pulses and mechanical elements behind moody guitars and later post-rock grade hooks that feel as dismal as they can come off astral thanks to the electronic elements just past the three-minute mark. However, it’s at that point the song starts to get a little more engaging, finally breaking free of the stagnant oppression that acts as a better metaphor for reality than it does an addicting music performance.

While Revolt isn’t at all a bad song, the just over four-and-a-half song just seems to take forever to get to the end. The industrial elements are truly burdening, as if left out in the rain to soak up from the storm cloud that hovers just above the band, as well as the listener, and for the darkness it captures it paints a wildly different approach from the group for their future effort. If you haven’t heard The Unravelling yet, this one may not be the most engaging introduction to the group. Revolt is definitely a niche performance that pulls in the negativity and fear that surely was perplexing the group over the past few years, and it’s obvious the future direction isn’t going to be quite as upbeat as the band’s full-length debut was.

The Unravelling

Digital review copy of this release provided by The Unravelling via Independent Music Promotions.