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Confessor: Unraveled

Despite the unfortunate doom-metal label that Confessor got slapped with back in the late 80s and early 90s, when the band toured alongside Carcass, Cathedral and Entombed, Unraveled sounds more like a progressive-metal version of Alice in Chains than anything else. Having endured several lineup changes, a break-up in 1992 and even the death of longtime guitarist Ivan Colon in 2002, which sparked Confessor's current reunion the American band appeared on several compilations and demos, but Unraveled is only its second full-length CD. And it's a doozy that proves why this veteran band should have more than two albums to its name. By refusing to adhere to convenient labels, the five-man band pummels listeners with murky tracks that provide only enough breathing room for vocalist Scott Jeffreys' emotional vocals (which often are accompanied by gang singing that somehow makes Unraveled seem less gloomy). Chunky riffs, themes of desperation, memorable guitar solos and an incredibly low bottom end all come together in a dense sonic structure that keeps Unraveled from, well, unraveling.


Track Listing:
1) Cross the Bar
2) Until Tomorrow
3) Wigstand
4) Blueprint Soul
5) The Downside
6) Sour Times
7) Hibernator
8) Strata of Fear (Bonus Track)

Added: May 28th 2006
Reviewer: Michael Popke
Score:
Related Link: Official Confessor Web Site
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Language: english

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Confessor: Unraveled
Posted by Hugh Dark on 2006-12-08 07:02:46
My Score:

The review is very appropriate, save for the addition of a couple of e.p. releases to the bands discography. I dont believe the progressive doom label hurt them as much as the contrapuntal vocals. Morose and rhythmically progressive, this one is a real winner. No fake attitudes and contrived images. The songs are challenging and will take a few listens to get a hold on, but well worth the efffort! Surely,this one will go down without a sound and history will soon repeat itself!




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