At the initial listen, I was intrigued by the sound of Pakistan based Realm Unseen’s ‘The Origin’– with its phone call start and to be startled by the following track and its start. It works as a concept, as the intro plays it so that the startling is one that can be seemingly justified.
One thing I notice right away is that the mix seems overtly loud, even with having the volume at a reasonable level so not to burst my eardrums; it still fell as though my ears were going to do so. If this is what the band were looking for when they were writing this album, then I apologize, but I find this too much of an uncomfortable situation. Aside from that the mix of the instruments seems fine, and the balance is good, even with the drums sounding like they had been recorded in what seems to be an air lock.
‘U’ has a particularly good groove to it, and although the overall sound is good in that instance, the vocals seem not to match properly. The music sounds like something I’d expect from Pantera, but the vocals would be something I’d expect on a Bathory album. I can hear that these guys are really trying hard to make an album that they feel would be something that would be good for everyone to enjoy, and there are some extremely promising aspects to it, predominantly in the music and the performance.
There are some things that do let it down. I for one am struggling to pinpoint which direction the style of their music is trying to take. Though there are some definite groove elements, I also sense some elements that are of the more extreme metal end, which on occasions, are mildly confusing. However, this being their first output, it is understandable that they are still trying to find their feet, and a lot of what I have commented upon as detrimental, could be answered as such.
For sure, as a first album there is certainly a lot of promise, and on their Facebook, they do say they are a groove metal band. It can be heard, but does get lost and does seem to move away from that slightly . Although, it seems the community itself seems to be a little unsure of what the term “groove metal” is, with bands like Machine Head, and Nevermore appearing there alongside Lamb Of God and Pantera, its understandable why the bands music seems a little confused as to its groove metal origins.
Overall, this is an album that has a lot of potential, but with an overly loud mix and sometimes a slightly confusing genre choice, I feel that there is a lot better to come with Realm Unseen, and there is a good future ahead once they have settled themselves into a style they feel comfortable playing in.