Has that little something special that makes you want to come back.
Kiske, Hansen, Ward, Meyer, Zafiriou. Names that should more than be a little familiar to all who read this website, ex members or otherwise of some of the best metal/hard rock bands of all time. Helloween, Pink Cream 69, Gamma Ray, Krokus, Gotthard, they have played with them all and now they have joined together to form Unisonic. But the five have played a trick on the unsuspecting music fan because on the first few listens of this album, you hear just what you’re supposed to, which is a melodic metal album that these guys could do in their sleep. So at first the songs sound a little like Helloween a little like PC69 a little like Krokus etc, yet if you stick with it and give the CD the repeated plays it so readily demands, then you start to see just what Unisonic have really gone and done. Which is record an album filled with references of course to their old bands, which they then have subtly joined together with the acts that I’m sure they grew up listening to. This leads to the songs being infused with hints of Rainbow, UFO, Whitesnake and the Scorpions, and these hints add whole new dimensions to the songs and music on this debut release.
Now what of the songs? Well if you’re lucky enough to already own a copy of the album, you will know what all those who don’t have are in for. So just stick the CD in the stereo, hit play and your instantly transported to a land of wonderfully played sung and produced melodic metal. Title track ‘Unisonic’ comes at you hard and fast sounding like a long lost Gamma Ray/Helloween song, it also sees both Meyer and Hansen trying to outdo each other in the guitar department and Michael Kiske sings like a demon, he hasn’t sounded this good in years. Others to watch for are the riff heavy and almost punky ‘Never Too Late’ which has a great hook, ‘Never Change Me’ a big friendly radio rocker, the metaltastic ‘Renegade’ a song that features some wonderful harmony and background vocals from Dennis Ward, vocals that really bring out the best that this song has to offer ,‘King For A Day’ which has a wall of guitars as it’s backdrop and lastly ‘We Rise’ the bands homage to UFO’s ‘Rock Bottom’ (just check out the riff and solo).
Summing up I would have to say that on the one hand ‘Unisonic’ is quite predictable in places and it sounds just like it should with the people who play on it. On the other hand after continued play throughs it also has that little something special that little something extra that makes you want to come back to an album time and time again and still enjoy what you’re listening to. ‘Unisonic’ is good, ‘Unisonic’ 2 (?) will be incredible.