Totally Unicorn
Horse Hugger


4.0
excellent

Review

by Aaron USER (8 Reviews)
June 15th, 2011 | 33 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Imagine your dad in a hardcore band. Then cover him in glitter and get him nude.

Chaotic hardcore was a style of music I took a long time to appreciate. Converge, Refused, Dillinger, Locust, et al, all seemed to be doing too much for me to digest. Then I realised that's the point of it. Totally Unicorn are an Australian band paving the way in that scene, touring relentlessly, amassing a following of fans and lovers and all the while doing it with cruise control set on chill.

At six tracks, and fifteen minutes in length, your beard's not overgrown by the time Horse Hugger's final notes are played, but what you're left with is this strange euphoric feeling of elation. It's bullshit. Bouncing around tempos, time-signatures, keys and modes, this magical animal takes you over the double-rainbow and through a smorgasbord of emotions. If you can't tell, Totally Unicorn's music has a sense of humour to it. Refreshingly though, it's balanced against amazing musicianship and writing. Live they're similar, with singer Drew often revealing his svelte figure in all its glory. As a band that's formed out of the guts of two others (the tonally lush Ohana and experimentally brilliant Hospital The Musical), it's sophisticated writing which obviously has come from being experienced in playing live for years, and having a rapport with each other which pushes their playing to wizard like levels.

But enough waffling away, this music slays. Aggressive, harsh, driving and hot. All tracks on the EP are strong and represent evenly the different facets of this band's style. It's done-well hardcore that pummels the listener without reprieve but without a sameness that many bands seem to struggle with in this style of music. Buy this EP and shit your pants with delight.



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NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
June 15th 2011


7041 Comments


That album art screams fagcore lol. Currently reading review.

Aaron
June 15th 2011


651 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Here's their NSFW video: http://vimeo.com/21252365

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
June 15th 2011


7041 Comments


Pos

Captain North
June 15th 2011


6787 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

So good. Their vocalist is way to comfortable with his body though haha

I pity the person who had to edit that video.

clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
June 15th 2011


6448 Comments


Summary grabs the attention, I must say. Great, now I'm stuck with that image in my head...

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Meatplow
June 15th 2011


5524 Comments


my dad in any band is a scary thought

good to see an Aaron review from time to time

AtavanHalen
June 15th 2011


17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Band is greater than life itself.

Ssssssss
June 15th 2011


683 Comments


wtf that video was that his dick I dont even know

AtavanHalen
June 15th 2011


17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

dick party

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
June 15th 2011


8820 Comments


Imagine your dad in a hardcore band. Then cover him in glitter and get him nude.


ewwwwww :[

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FatChickIrl
June 15th 2011


4096 Comments


LOL

FatChickIrl
June 15th 2011


4096 Comments


Where can I find this video?

AtavanHalen
June 15th 2011


17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Link above.

FatChickIrl
June 15th 2011


4096 Comments


oh shit im blind

FatChickIrl
June 15th 2011


4096 Comments


fuck, that video just killed my mood.

Aaron
June 16th 2011


651 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's glorious.

moose1992
June 20th 2011


50 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

these guys are insane live, i remember reading a review of them in which they put party hats on
everyone in the front row, legendary

AtavanHalen
June 20th 2011


17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I still have one of the said party hats.

Aaron
June 21st 2011


651 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah I've got one somewhere too. So good.

RosaParks
August 29th 2011


14908 Comments


Tracklist:
1. Umm... Yeah We're the Gay Metallica

HAHAHA HAHAHA oh god



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