Ominous Messages From Outer Space
You know those golden records we shot into space w/ the Voyager back in 1977? This record sounds like an abysmally sad reply. That is, in a good way.
Iranian post-doom/dark atmospheric band The Unknown’s first full-length release, “In Search of The Unknown”, is a 40 minute journey through the darkest, most desolate & depressing reaches of outer space. Throughout listening to this album, I can’t help but picture a single person floating thru the utter blackness, left w/ nothing but dying thoughts recalling the absolute sadness & beauty of humanity. This record is exceedingly human, yet simultaneously tremendously inhuman in its seemingly transcendent knowledge of our world.
The album features only one track, which forces you to listen to the album in its entirety, which is good, because you damn well should. The first 25 minutes or so are very spacey, accompanied w/ a healthy serving of synth-tastic wonderment, the second half of such time being filled w/ very interesting, introspective messages & monologues. It reminds me of the huge, halting yet unwavering sound of Swans in some ways.
It then begins to build up, & about half-way thru the 26 minute mark, things really start to explode. The drumming on the album is great. The huge sound of the piano, guitar & synth work together perfectly. Every single instrument on this album complements the others.
Going into this, I really didn’t know what to expect from a dark atmospheric band from Iran. After listening, I’ve come away a strong fan. This album 110% exceeded all of my expectations, & I very much gladly rate it at a 5/5. I cannot think of any way this album could be improved. It’s honestly perfect. It hits the rusty nail right on the head & drives the heart-wrenching despair home right into the ash-blanketed ground.
I have no other words for this other than it is a must-listen for anyone who loves a huge, omnipresent sound & is willing to delve deep into the trip that this album has to offer. If Carl Sagan listened to metal, this would be his go-to. Take that as you will, & have a nice day.
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