- Genre: 'Rock'
- Release Date: '2nd October 2017'
The last thing I expected to hear on hitting ‘play’ was some Atari-type keyboard doodle, but sure enough that’s how Swiss avant metallers Kill The Unicorn open their debut album. And so it is that they introduce themselves as purveyors of frantic, frenetic, howling metal, exploding with riffs that shudder and lurch, accompanied by furious guttural vocals and nailed together, hard, with some aggressive drumming.
Samples abound: dial-up internet tones and the fizz of telephonic static is the prelude to ‘Dreams in 56K’, which swings into some unexpected swaggersome funk groove and even some lounge indie for a few bears here and there in between the venomous verses. The way the samples – primitive and retro – are cobbled onto the beginnings of the songs is unsophisticated, but somehow adds to the appeal, because while there’s very much a cookie aspect to the band, it’s still full-throttle metal that dominates the sound, and it’s well-executed and powerful in its delivery.
‘F.U.C.K.U.P.’ brings it all together in a crazy blend of Faith No More, Pitch Shifter and Har Mar Superstar, delivered with a quirky post-metal twist. It’s crazy, but somehow it works.