Unexpect
Fables of the Sleepless Empire


4.5
superb

Review

by Maniac USER (21 Reviews)
June 1st, 2011 | 547 replies | 50,287 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: My year is complete.

36 of 37 thought this review was well written

It’s been about a year since Unexpect graced and pillaged my ears. They were one of very few bands that knocked me on my behind upon the first listen. They were frantic, weird, and they all came off as psychopaths… and I liked it. In a Flesh Aquarium was a great album, with a few fatal flaws. It wasn’t the chaotic mess that they created that was the problem. It was the fact that it was overly long and the theme of the album didn’t seem to come completely together. Unexpect fixed all that this time around.

Fables of the Sleepless Empire is essentially Unexpect doing the same thing that they have already been doing, but they have improved in every possible way. Thankfully the classical instruments are still in play, something that almost certainly would have been a bad thing to do away with. In fact, not only are the violins and various other string instruments still around, but they actually fit in with the music even better than they did on the previous album. Rather than feeling like they are there to throw off the listener, they add depth to the music and feel needed to pull off each song. The big thing that impressed me and had me listening over and over, however, was the bass. The bass is one of the integral parts of Unexpect’s sound. The nine string bass is played beautifully, but most of all it is mixed properly so you can hear it clearly with the rest of the instrumentation. To put it concisely, the whole rhythm section is much tighter than before.

It’s not only the implementation of the strings and the tighter instrumentation that have improved, though. The vocals have gotten not only technically better, but also more interesting. The signature death metal growls mixed with beautiful female clean vocals are still there, but they no longer just rely on the fact that it’s a weird mix. The clean melodies are used much more than before, yet don’t seem overdone, which is easily done when it comes to this kind of music. As for the growls, not much has changed except that you hear a lot more high-pitched growls than before.

One thing that really bothered me on the previous album, though, was how the synth was used . It had some really nice moments where it really added to the atmosphere of the song, but most of the time it sounded like it was tacked on top of everything else. Also, songs like “Silence_011010701” came off as a waste of playtime, as it contributed nothing but needless synth noodling. On this album, however, the synth almost always sounds like a genuine part of the music. Overall the whole album is more cohesive and feels like a whole piece of work, rather than a scattered mess of great ideas and interesting instrumentation.

Fables of the Sleepless Empire has improved on everything that was lacking before, but also improved on things that were fine already. They have taken steps forward with their brand of metal while not stepping too far out of their comfort zone or sounding like they are rehashing previous material. It is a genuine mark of improvement and makes me optimistic for their future.



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Philippe (3.5)
Bat shit crazy metal indeed......

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imagine summary if the i wrote like this. that like it's kinda...

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Comments:Add a Comment 
Maniac!
June 1st 2011



26246 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

shooting from the hip this time, gotta go to class. Give critiques, no need to neg before I have time
to proofread

also posted here: http://mediasnobs.com/music-review/unexpect-fables-of-the-sleepless-empire/

Ssssssss
June 1st 2011



683 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

good review. pos

Maniac!
June 1st 2011



26246 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks very much, but you probably pos'd for the rating ;)

Ssssssss
June 1st 2011



683 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

No its really a good review lol. But I like the rating as-well.

demigod!
June 1st 2011



43891 Comments


that was fast

Digging: Black Flag - My War

HenchmanOfSanta
June 1st 2011



1852 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Decent review. Can't find this album yet, though. I hope their songwriting is a little more cohesive this time around, but I'm not too bothered by their sloppiness on IaFA.

BallsToTheWall
June 1st 2011



44164 Comments


Solid review. Cant wait to hear this.

DiceMan
June 1st 2011



7068 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

They are frantic, weird, and they all come off as psychopaths… and I liked it.

tense issue here


Something feels really uncomfortable when reading this review. Especially that larger paragraph.

Virium
June 1st 2011



12 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Your second paragraph should probably be split up more. You have two large transitions within it - from instruments to vocals, and then back to the bass specifically.

Maniac!
June 1st 2011



26246 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks guys I will edit it. Just wanted it posted before i left

Josh D.
June 1st 2011



13967 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

New Unexpect, what?!

I'm not going to read the review, so what does it sound like?

Maniac!
June 1st 2011



26246 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

unexpect + more melody and cohesiveness

Josh D.
June 1st 2011



13967 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Pos.

Maniac!
June 1st 2011



26246 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Reformatted and fixed some grammar issues. Tell me if it reads any better.

Nagrarok
June 1st 2011



8169 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I never like the use of personal pronouns, but good review, you Maniac! Have a pos. This I have added to the to-get list. Which reminds me: another thing called Feathergun is also still on there...

Maniac!
June 1st 2011



26246 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks Nag.


I actually like personal pronouns, otherwise I feel a review is too mechanical. Also I take a review as a way for me to express my opinions, so it's already implied that it's personal.


Just my opinions, though!

Xenophanes
Emeritus
June 1st 2011



10585 Comments


Glad to hear this rules. Stoked to hear this, and great review, per the usual.

Digging: United Nations - The Next Four Years

Maniac!
June 1st 2011



26246 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hear*


and thanks

Maniac!
June 1st 2011



26246 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

it's streaming here: http://unexpect.bandcamp.com/album/fables-of-the-sleepless-empire

Josh D.
June 1st 2011



13967 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It's hard to tell from this page, but elsewhere it can be seen, the album art is really cool.



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