Album Type : Full Length
Date Released : 8/7/2013
Label : Relapse Records
Pelon Juuret, album track listing:
1). Pelon Juuret 2:44
2). Vihan Lapset 2:50
3). Valtakunta 6:08
4). Viallinen 5:31
5). Laki 3:13
6). Olemisen Pelko 4:30
7). Saattokoti 4:42
Before I start this review I should mention my Finnish is non-existent, but I’m pretty sure this is one pissed off dude.
The atmospheric touches and textures apparent on tracks such as ‘Valtakunta’ and the fantastic production on this record truly help to differentiate Unkind from the crowd and also allow the songs to breathe in a fashion not often seen on the crustier fringes of the punk and hardcore scene.
This isn’t to say that Unkind have left behind their early roots or the main staple of their sound with the album (tracks such as ‘Vihan Lapset’ come straight from the melodic crust school of thought) and Unkind still pull it off with a ferocity and melodic intellect rivalling From Ashes Rise at their heyday. With ‘Pelon Juuret’ Unkind have tempered the ferocity with equally stunning slow burners such as the fourth track “Viallinen”
Closing the album with ‘Saattokoti’, a beautiful instrumental piece built on acoustic guitars, Jon Carpenter-esque synths and possibly even a banjo, Unkind prove to be at the forefront of the crust punk progression and with Pelon Juuret have have released one of the best records the genre will see in 2013.
Words by : Richard Powley
As ever, show your support to the band by checking them out at the various links. You can buy this release here in a variety of formats. This record is available everywhere now. Thanks to Becky @ Pioneermusicpress for the hook up