|Review: Unendlich - Scales of Existence|
|Scales of Existence|
Label: Horror Pain Gore Death Productions
Year released: 2016
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: July 13, 2021
Reviewed by: Mjölnir
for:Scales of Existence
Rated 3.6/5 (72%) (5 Votes)
One-man Black Metal act Unendlich has been getting some fairly positive attention since it started up in 2013, though I'm only familiar with the sophomore album after stumbling across it recently. I've seen some people praise this release as the arrival of a great band, but while I like it pretty well, I can't say I'm particularly crazy about it.
This is a very melodic strand of Black Metal that should be familiar to anyone who's heard Emperor and Dissection, though Unendlich is hardly a copycat of either band. The vocals are a standard rasp, the drums pummel along with furious precision, and the guitar work is mostly speedy, melodic tremolo picking that often gives way to moody leads that have a good bit of harmonic texture to them, the latter of which serves as a real highlight of the album. The biggest problem is that the songs all follow a similar formula and often run out of ideas halfway through, so even the best melodies start kind of blending together. There are some elements tossed in to try to vary things up, like the piano bits on "Transparent Man" and the decent clean vocals on "Destroyer", but they're not really enough to elevate these tracks above the rest of the album. This is a well-made, well-produced release, and it definitely shows potential for later albums to be much better, but overall, Scales of Existence is just a notch above decent.
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