UnSun
Clinic For Dolls


3.5
great

Review

by Apollo USER (25 Reviews)
October 11th, 2010 | 26 replies | 9,557 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Clinic For Dolls might not be the most clever album title you've ever heard but ex-Vader guitarist Maurycy's current project UnSun has stepped up thier game with this sophmore release.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Debut album The End of Life was a solid slab of female fronted goth-metal that while entertaining didn't really bring anything new to the table.

The biggest detractor from The End of Life was the production. The guitars were incredibly muddy, the drums muffled and the bass non-existent. This time around the production is crystal clear with the emphasis evenly split between Aya's vocals and the rest of the instrumentation. The riffs are nothing special but provide a good backdrop to Aya's unique vocal style. She still retains the slightly nasal, Polish-accented singing that we heard on The End of Life but with the better production, the accent isn't quite as harsh. Aya's vocal style is in the same vein as new Nightwish and Tristania, not operatic but still a great style for those who enjoy female vocals soaring over heavy guitars.

Guitar solo's litter every song, short yet effective and much in the same vein as the debut. The first song The Lost Way is easily one of the best on the record. Piano and electric drums open up and lead to double bass and fantastic drumming. The songwriting has improved by leaps and bounds. Everything sounds fresh and the chorus is catchy as hell.
The following track Clinic For Dolls is not so lucky. The chorus is bland, repetitive and awkward marking this as the weakest song on the record. The following three songs are decent, nothing to unique or special but still keep the record at a good pace and are fairly good listens. Just as The End of Life had it's ballad 'Memories', The Last Tears is a similar piano driven ballad with soft orchestration in the backround. The most intriguing thing about UnSun is definately Aya's vocal work.
Her accented singing will either drive you away or intrigue you enough to be drawn into the songs.

The songs end up fairly predictable by the end and the same wah effect used for every solo make the album repetitive enough not to garnish an excellent score. THis is nothing you haven't heard before in the hundreds of female fronted metal bands that are currently enjoying a wave of popularity (and have been for the last 15 years, more so in Europe than North America I suspect).

For those of us who enjoy this style of music however, UnSun are definitely worth garnering a mention for this years great albums. What they do, they do it well and some respect should be earned. Especially when the improvement in this album is so vast compared to the initial release.



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pizzamachine (4)
Clinic of the Dolls is basically everything End of Life should have been....


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pizzamachine
October 11th 2010



12571 Comments


Oh cool I didn't expect anyone to review this. Good review Apollo (pos)! I haven't listened to this yet.

Apollo
October 11th 2010



10287 Comments


thanks Pizza! Didn't know you liked these guys. I wrote this review rather fast so its probably riddled with errors

pizzamachine
October 11th 2010



12571 Comments


Yeah, I like these guys a bunch, and reviewed their first album. The only error I found:

"UnSun are 'definately'"

Apollo
October 12th 2010



10287 Comments


fixed, thx brotha

pizzamachine
October 12th 2010



12571 Comments


I'm here for you man ;)

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
October 12th 2010



15782 Comments


review looks a little awkwardly set up, but it is all spacing issues nothing wrong with what you actually wrote.

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pizzamachine
October 12th 2010



12571 Comments


Uh-oh, you might want to fix your summary:

"'thier' game with the 'sophmore' release"

Also, I'm listening and the album is awesome.

Apollo
October 12th 2010



10287 Comments


yeah its not my best work....should have maybe waited til I posted it...

will do tmr pizza, thanks again guys

DoubtGin
October 12th 2010



6748 Comments


first word in summary should be Clinic

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
October 12th 2010



16134 Comments


Sounds aight. I'll have to check this out. Nice review again 'pollo.

Apollo
October 12th 2010



10287 Comments


thanks broski!

I'll clean it up more tonight.

But seriously, dude should have stayed in Vader

BigHans
October 12th 2010



26455 Comments


Yeah fix your paragraph spacings amateur. haha jk, good job.

Apollo
October 12th 2010



10287 Comments


lol thanks dude

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
October 12th 2010



16309 Comments


Very first word in the summary is misspelled ;)

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ZippaThaRippa
October 12th 2010



2416 Comments


Typo in the first word. What a fail.

Apollo
October 12th 2010



10287 Comments


lol at a user named ZippaThaRippa telling me that I failed

TheFantasticDangler
October 12th 2010



1154 Comments


are you refusing to edit it to teach him a lesson? lol

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Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
October 13th 2010



18284 Comments


Home is catchy as hell.

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Shadowsun
October 18th 2010



3 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Powerful melodies and catchy chorus, especially on "Mockers" and "I Ceased", I really recommend this album for all fans of gothic/melodic/female fronted metal.

Willie
Moderator
October 18th 2010



15908 Comments


Good review. I'll check this out.



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