Hailing from London in The UK Unmother is a true revelation! They bely the rules of standard black metal and hit from the onset, their music is fast, compelling, and yet it contains some melody and experimentation that drops in seamlessly to their music.
It is so easy to get lost in this debut album. It is a stunningly mature effort. Ground to Dust from its intro is all fire and brimstone with its epitaph, when Venla unleashes “Is this our blood?” it is delivered with such vitriol and intent. Unmother stand stall in their metropolitan Black Metal. It is raw, primal, and harsh, the steel breaking against their bones, their dissonance reflective of the machines that haunt them both from the media and society.
Lay down the Sun is a journey through dystopian dehumanization, you become entranced with the subtleties that lay within the title track and its hypnotic effect, Crown of Stars is the stuff of nightmares and loneliness with its relentless assault. ‘’Empress’’ creates it own atmosphere through walls of guitar, drone, and feedback, the wails again intrinsic to the agony.
I have never heard Siouxsie and the Banshees sound like this! Their cover of “Blow the House Down“ is frantic unrecognizable and truly their own, yet it captures the rebelliousness of the original and its catchphrase.
Demanding at times, painful and yet utterly fulfilling. Unmother is the antithesis of the stereotypes that are associated with black metal. They are the pagans of steel, government, and modern society, rallying against racist and fascist ideologies. Lay down the Sun is their opening salvo of the war against such atrocities. It is passionate, intense, and deeply rewarding.
Release Year: 2021
Label: True Cult Records
Reviewed by Sparky