Friday, September 19, 2014

Review: Unisonic - For the Kingdom

Unisonic were founded in 2009 by ex-Helloween vocalist/guitarist Michael Kiske and Pink Cream 69 bassist Dennis Ward. Joining their ranks in 2011 is the well renowned Kai Hansen, vocalist/guitarist for Gamma Ray and ex-Helloween. The positivity-themed German band released their self-titled debut in 2012, following the well received Ignition EP. August of 2014 will see the sophomore LP by the group, but in the meantime For the Kingdom is here to tide us over.

Genre: Melodic Power Metal, Hard Rock
Label: earMUSIC
Release Date: May 23rd, 2014
  1. For the Kingdom
  2. You Come Undone
  3. Unisonic (Live)
  4. Never Too Late (Live)
  5. Star Rider (Live)
  6. Souls Alive (Live)
Total Playtime: 29 minutes, 14 seconds





Rating: 7.5/10




Unisonic were founded in 2009 by ex-Helloween vocalist/guitarist Michael Kiske and Pink Cream 69 bassist Dennis Ward. Joining their ranks in 2011 is the well renowned Kai Hansen, vocalist/guitarist for Gamma Ray and ex-Helloween. The positivity-themed German band released their self-titled debut in 2012, following the well received Ignition EP. August of 2014 will see the sophomore LP by the group, but in the meantime For the Kingdom is here to tide us over.

The new EP from Unisonic serves the purpose of being a connection between their second full-length, Light of Dawn, and their debut self-titled LP; which is great for audiences who have yet to experience the band. The first two songs, "For the Kingdom" and "You Come Undone" are new releases, while the later five tracks are live renditions of songs from their initial album that were recorded at Unisonic's Masters of Rock Festival 2012 performance.


"For the Kingdom" is a track from the band's upcoming album, and it's a pounding power metal anthem with all the typical quirks associated with the genre; the clean, high octave vocals from Michael Kiske stand mighty and strong alongside the palm muted guitar rhythms and thumping bass line, all backed by an arsenal of drum beats. It's good for what it is, however the song is no where near the expectations that were set by Unisonic's debut album. "You Come Undone" is exclusive to this EP, and it has a little more to offer in the way of complexity versus the former song, but again it fails to be as striking as older content from the band; in lieu, it makes way for more power metal standards with a slight Twisted Sister vibe to it.

While the two new songs aren't exactly flamboyant, they provide insight into what is to come from Unisonic. The five live tracks are exceptional for what they are, with "Unisonic" and "Souls Alive" being the two that stand out due to their high energy and exceptional compositions. If you're unfamiliar with Unisonic, definitely check out For the Kingdom; it'll give you a good dose of their old material, as well as a good expectation for their upcoming album. Though as the demonstration stands from this EP, their newer content may not hold up to par from their older stuff. Recommended for fans of Helloween, and anyone who needs a good dose of 'positive' lyrics.

Digital Download Provided by: Earsplit PR

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