The Unseen – “State of Discontent”

Album Reviews | May 9th, 2005

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Record Label: Hellcat Records
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THIS IS PUNK! The Unseen sound like Anti Flag, but on steroids! It’s not a knock on AF but these guys just sound a lot heavier. Both have similar styles though. The Unseen succeeds in mixing old school punk with old school hardcore. Well, at least it sounds old school hardcore to me. The Unseen hail from BAAAAstann, and the album was produced by Ken Casey of the Dropkick Murphys. Who also have a new album coming out on Epitaph soon.

This is the Unseen’s debut on Hellcat Records and they were previously on BYO Records. Their album in 2003, “Explode” was a fine punk CD; but I think this one blows it out of the water! It just seems a lot sharper, musically and lyrically. Is lyrically a word? I guess, whatever, what the hell do I know.

Each song is great and filled with catchy street punk hooks, choruses to sing along to at shows, and lots of screaming! Plus many of the songs are political, which I tend to favor over other types of songs. The Unseen also do an interesting version of the Rolling Stones’ “Paint It Black.” That’s my favorite Stones song so I think it’s cool for them to cover. It’s definitely different than the original that’s for sure.

This is probably one of the best punk CDs I heard this year. I’d recommend getting this when it streets in May. Also check out the Unseen on the Tiger Army Tour happening right now.

Bottom Line: One of the best punk CDs I’ve listened to so far in 2005!
Notable Tracks: Scream Out, You Can Never Go Home, Social Damage, Paint It Black
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