Depressive and uplifting; a journey of massive peaks and bottomless caves. Unreqvited’s take on post black metal is one that paints a canvas of musical diversity, with elements of expansive post-rock, tortured dsbm vocals, shimmering blackgaze melodies and grandiose orchestral segments.
With their debut LP “Disquiet”, Unreqvited lays down the foundation for their somber, melancholic sound by using hallmark principles of black metal like torrential blast beats and tremolo sparingly. Instead, opting for emphasis on melodies and synthesizers to invoke thoughts of frozen woodlands and a troubled internal state.
"Disquiet" is available as Digipak CD and on vinyl (black, ltd. silver), both formats including an exclusive, yet unreleased bonus track.
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“Disquiet is somber, and many times, stirring. The man behind the project, 鬼, uses hallmark principles of black metal like torrential blast beats and tremolo sparingly. Instead, opting for emphasis on melodies and synthesizers to invoke thoughts of frozen woodlands and a troubled internal state. 鬼's voice rings out with a pained disdain over mental torments, but the refrains that seem to breed hope and resolve wash over the shrieks and screams. Creating, not so much, a theme of perpetual despair, but one of resiliency.”
“Unreqvited augments the depressing with the uplifting, similar to Ghost Bath’s haunting nature or Lotus Thief’s greenness. It’s full circle: life to death, birth’s majesty and death’s morose brooding, ever lingering, but ultimately bookending the same story. Disquiet as a whole proceeds in this manner: from “Birth” to “Death” there is a journey of massive peaks and bottomless caves.
Sound-walls mount themselves on steadily upward chord progressions; ambiance germinates from discordant intermissions, saddened and pianistic. Structurally, Unreqvited makes no rush toward any climaxes, but they come as constant surprises. After regaining its strength at artistically strategic locations, Disquiet flexes blastbeat muscle without hyperextending.”
“The hail of frantic riffs and blistering blast beats provide the perfect canvas for painful, agonising, and nihilistic vocals. Regardless of being lyrically inaudible, the point of ‘Disquiet’ is not to sing along, but to feel its creators’ despair. The harrowing shrieks of the album’s title track cut to your very core and give an extra layer to the loaded instrumentation of the composition.”
“Unreqvited’s greatest achievement is in the emotional investment, the captivating peril and the satisfying payoff, hammering it’s message home like only the most devastating of metal and bombastic of classical can. “Disquiet” signals the arrival of a peerless auteur in the landscape of modern extreme music.”
“The band’s style of atmospheric black metal is one that paints a canvas of musical diversity with elements of post rock, ambient and of course that majestic atmospheric black metal sound that completely washes over your soul. From the beginning you find yourself locked into this massive sounding world of guitars, synthesizers and drums.”
"Unreqvited hails from the frozen lands of Ontario, Canada. Stunning atmospheric black metal with impressive use of synthesizers, coupled with dynamic and melodic approaches of songwriting present a wholly new profile of today’s Canadian scene in terms of post black metal. This one-man project is reckoned to be one of the highlights of the Pest Productions roster in 2016. The majestic "Disquiet" will surely fascinate all with its flawless production."
released January 10, 2020
All songs written, engineered, mixed, and mastered by 鬼
Alas I embark,
From the disquiet of man to the calming tingle of the vast wood.
A warm lunar espouse contenting the short and final foremost gasp,
The inhale of the words of wind in song that Ye shall abandon the hallow skeleton,
The flesh and tissue, to evolve as a creature of no mass,
Suspended in the depth of an abyss where footsteps laid are that of nature,
Rather than the consciousness and embellishment of anthropomorphism,
And my corporal being preaches to allow the conjoin of scripture,
As I am subdued to metabolize the gout of humanity from my marrow.
But before I rid my being for eternity,
I am bid to join the winds of the wood in song:
"In the depth of the wood where darkness lies,
Lay your soul to rest and your body to die,
Become the surreality of nature's bloom,
The oceans are your nerves, the trees, your eyes,
We are all partial to the conjure of time,
Our thought suspended in poetic rhyme,
Throughly subdued, wholly consumed,
Your soul is at rest and your body is mine"