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Calgary, Alberta Canada’s The Unravelling released their sophomore album, Tear a Hole in the Collective Vision last month and it’s been over four years in the making. Back in April, Ellenwood broke the release of the metal/industrial duo’s first album since vocalist and lyricist Steve Moore recovered from cancer. “Revolt” was to be the first single from Tear a Hole in the Collective Vision, and it was with record speed that Moore and producer Gustavo DeBeauville released second single “Master Drone” and the rest of the album. Their press momentum has resumed its rapid pace from 2011 as well, as this album has been hotly anticipated. The best part, however, is that Tear a Hole in the Collective Vision and all of The Unravelling’s releases are available for free download on their Bandcamp page.
The Unravelling’s first album, 13 Arcane Hymns, released in 2010 to huge accolades from the metal and industrial worlds. Tear a Hole in the Collective Vision is picking up right where the band left off with publications like Metalsucks.com, Metal Insider and Brutal Resonance hailing Moore’s powerful return to form vocally and DeBeauville’s heavy and evocative production.
Tear a Hole in the Collective Vision is diverse and well-composed as DeBeauville saved up his favorite tracks for Moore’s return. Industrial, dark wave and several different types of metal mix in each track in different ways, complimenting Moore’s angry subversive poetry. The highlight of the album is the title track, which happens to be the most uncharacteristic of DeBeauville’s style. His usual industrial electronic drum tracks are not present here, which shows DeBeauville’s desire not to become stale with his work. It’s a slow-temped track with an almost quiet beginning, which with Moore’s haunting and and echoed vocals evokes a sort of
lost feeling. By the middle of the track, the music crescendoes to a militaristic drum and guitar pairing with which Moore is able to drive home the most central point of all of his work: to rise up in an anti-societal movement and quite literally “…tear a hole in the collective vision.”
Tear a Hole in the Collective Vision carries a powerful message accompanied by powerful music from two artists who have had a profoundly powerful experience over the past five years. With The Unravelling back to form and releasing material quickly and for free, fans of metal and industrial music are sure to have plenty to look forward to.
Written by Layla Marino
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