Written by Mike Ritchie, August 7, 2016, at 1:49 a.m.
Gothenburg’s Unlit Face brings multiple elements of prog, folk, death metal, grindcore and acoustic together delivering a multi-decade historical experience per song. Starting with gritty growls and ending with the fluent tranquility of folk with clean vocals. The sounds of the 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s come from all directions, organized in a way that you don’t always see coming.
Almost like a sneak attack sometimes corrosive, sometimes soothing to the ear. It’s a lesson in music history as much as anthropological cultural patterns. Vocals come from the finest Opeth inspired tunes, combined with black forest, black metal growls and cleanly sung verse and chorus’s upon a mix of Maiden, Cathedral, with dark forces from the pit.
The band came together in 2009 releasing the My Seasons demo and the Your Truth Lies EP in 2012. The group brings multi-cultured experiences and influences from different countries making Gothenburg home base. Singer/guitarist Rafael Basso hails from Brazil, bassist Tomasz Plinski from Poland, and drummer Roberto Sánchez from Mexico.
Unlit Face’s Everlasting Transformation
Everlasting Transformation is written around a world view of how different people, cultures and tribes see the world through technology and humanity evolving. Each song tells a story of time and space thorough the beholders eye.
“Overcoming the Sky“ starts things with classical keys and black metal, making unlikely friends and companions, the way it’s played. As spread out as a three-genre catharsis, the music takes us to dark torch lit places underground and through the tranquility of an Opeth soundscape.
“Child of Chaos” has a crystal ball fortune telling vibe surrounding the track with thrash chug and wizard-like keyboards. Synth voices open, as guitar, galloping, battling drums hit a charging power metal feel. You’re unsure whether to clink drinking horns or slam into a mosh pit.
“Failed Creation” has elements of doom and acidic black metal menace mixing with a concoction of melody and folk metal. “Three Worlds” Iron Maiden intro, progresses into eternal, infernal war of the spiritual world fighting over control of the cathedral keys.
“Foundation” has galloping guitars, with flames on high. “Conception of Souls” sounds of dungeons converting to liquid courage flowing taverns, thrash combined with fluid acoustics.
The record gives off the peculiar but interesting vibe of hippies and black metal folk hanging out and getting along at the same party.