Unexpect
In a Flesh Aquarium


4.0
excellent

Review

by Maniac USER (21 Reviews)
February 27th, 2010 | 13 replies | 2,465 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Imagine Barnum & Bailey on Halloween night.

6 of 6 thought this review was well written

That’s what Unexpect bring you with In a Flesh Aquarium. This bizarre, yet impressive album incorporates death metal with a very progressive twist. Now this isn’t any of that “I can’t Believe It’s Not Opeth” metal (example: “In Mourning”); instead they produce a sound like no other, something I could only describe as Circus Metal. I call it that because listening to this album makes you feel like you are walking down a dark street with carnival freaks trying to get your attention. That may be an odd way of describing their sound, but you really have to hear it to understand. But let’s get on to the technicalities of the album.

The instrumentals in general are very technical and precise. Unlike many bands I have listened to, the bass is very prominent, and not only is the bass audible; it’s a 9 string bass which is put to great use as he rips and pops through the songs with great bass lines. The switches between piano and guitars always seem to be placed perfectly, never getting in each other’s way. There is a lot of synth use in here, which I usually am not fond of, but it suits the music very well by giving a very disturbing atmosphere. Another thing you don’t see very often in a metal band is a violinist, but of course, they have one. The violinist plays a crucial role in the feel of the songs, ranging from a racing sound through the verses, to loud and eerie screeches; he gives a sense of fright and urgency.

But while everything on this album is strange, the most bizarre thing on this album HAS to be the vocals. First off, there are three vocalists. That in itself is pretty unusual, but that’s not the point. Between the three vocalists, they go from calm and quiet singing, to alternating high-pitched screams, fast spoken growls, sudden choir vocals, and sometimes all of those at once. This contrasting vocal style is unlike anything I have heard, and more than likely, it’s unlike anything you have heard.

Though songs like Feasting Fools, Desert Urbania, and Summoning Scenes showcase all of their technical abilities and creativity and are disturbingly pleasing to the ears, there are some songs that overstay their welcome. In other words, there is some fat that could be trimmed. For example, Silence_011010701 is five minutes of synth effects that really do nothing to help the album, instead it makes it drag and I tend to skip over it. Also Psychic Jugglers clocks in at just a little over eleven minutes and at about 5-6 minutes in, I wish it would end already. That being said, I am not against long songs as long as they are done right, but in this case, while they can be enjoyable, there really is no point to the length of the songs and they might not keep the listener engaged all the way to the end.

While some of the lengthy and sometimes repetitive songs may get a bit monotonous, this chaotic and schizophrenic album is worth the pickup and will keep you entertained and baffled, at least for the first few listens.



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Kronzo
February 27th 2010



977 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is a good review! I love this album

Klekticist
February 27th 2010



1258 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

great album. well done review. circus metal pretty much sums it up.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
February 27th 2010



8221 Comments


good review man, and the contrast between this and your first review is pretty significant as this is not a step, but a huge leap forward so good job dude.

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ThePalestMexican
February 27th 2010



2816 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Awesome job man, sorry I wasn't a big help.

JulesWin
February 27th 2010



993 Comments


Doesn't sound like my thing but still a good review, pos
a small tip: put the song titles in quotes and album titles in italics or quotes

OllieS
March 12th 2010



2024 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This album is f*cking insane

Kzero
April 8th 2010



3 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Great review. Made me go out and buy the album immediately. Loving it, moar!

Dryden
April 8th 2010



12813 Comments


dont listen to this if consumed 6 grams of shrooms or you will wake up with your cat microwaved

Inveigh
April 29th 2010



24190 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

another sweet review Maniac, I'm definitely interested in this. You had me at "circus metal"

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Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
May 19th 2010



30294 Comments


Album's a mindfuck

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Bitchfork
May 19th 2010



7584 Comments


yeah but it sucks.


Maniac!
February 15th 2011



26187 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lol this got negged. I didn't think this was terrible.

Maniac!
March 9th 2011



26187 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

BUMPING FOR AWESOMENESS



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