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"Chris White"

Their's a band unleashing it's fury from the United Kingdom. They are mysterious as Loch Ness and bold as Big Ben. The Unknownn.

The Unknownn released this, their self-titled debut album October 13, 2005. I've explored this album song-by-song, note-by-note and I'm here to say that I am totally in awe of this stunning production. It's one of the best produced/mastered cd's I have ever listened to.

They consider themselves to be Alternative / Trip Hop / Down-tempo. I hear Madonna meets Pink Floyd or perhaps Enya with Yes. If "holy f*ck" was a genre they would be there too. The Unknownn allowed themselves to brilliantly express their studio creativity in ways recording engineers and producers dream of. The music is truly an embracing experience; their talent is prodigious.

Who is The Unknownn? Part of their mystery gives no mention of artists participating on the album (liner notes, press kit or website). You will find amazing photography in all of the above, but as the hidden rule of The Unknownn unfolds, the eyes on faces are blackened out. Could it be these are the band members or is it an artistic metaphor of random people describing all of us? You decide.
- PartyInKingston.com


"Caroline Beavon"

"Ok ... this is one of those albums that makes you rethink the type of music you are into. Me, it's usually dirty rock and heavy metal - but something in me has really fallen for The Unknownn. Ok, so I won't be binning all my metal just yet - but this cd hasn't been off my stereo for 2 days now and I'm not quite sure when, or even if, I am going to want to stop listening to it.



I'm not sure if it's the beautiful, ethereal vocals, the vibe that reminds me so much of Portishead ... or the cracking guitars that kick in and swipe you round the head before you know what is happening (track 3, Raw .. for example - if you don't get goose-bumps 3 minutes into it, check you are still breathing).



Whichever the reason - this is one of those albums that, if there is any justice in the world, should take The Unknownn a long way ... I only hope the rest of the world is ready.



Caroline" - Kerrang Radio


"Jason Rhode"

Jason Rhode – Pan Productions



Every once in a blue moon, a band comes around that truly puts its members hearts and souls into the music. There's a difference; there's the band that has a ringmaster, where everything's his/her way. Then, there's the cohesive band, where each member contributes in their own unique way. This is the Unknownn.

Their debut album, which was released on October 13 is an intricate opera that plays like it's the soundtrack of their lives.

For example, Nocturnal has a Gothic Funk feel with an R&B lyrical flavour that meld deliciously. The story of a first love break up plays nicely with the melodies and heart wrenching vocals.

Second, Cure All does Gothic again, but with a Techno undertone that lends itself perfectly to the feeling of "on the down low," unobtainable, almost forbidden love as the lyrics allude to.

Then there's Raw. Raw's intro breaks from the previous two tracks opting for a piano and light brass duet followed up by strong vocals of sadness. The second act brings in another element as heavy guitars and drums accompany the vocals in a mixing of Industrial and a light Goth flavour that tells the apparent story of fighting lovers that one still wants to keep inside.

Get It breaks still from its previous brother/sister tracks to be a light dance number with breaks of solo vocals for emphasis of the subject matter: taking for granted that that one has and the yearning to do whatever it takes to be noticed by the other.

Strings bring us into Serious with a long intro...deliciously ominous. Addiction or past abuse seem to permiate from this lightly instrumented track. The vocals almost solely are the message and melody...a true testament to the voice.

Squeeze is a remarkable instrumental mix...like an intermission in an opera.

Duplicitous: Marked by deliberate deceptiveness especially by pretending one set of feelings and acting under the influence of another.

Duplicitous is another lightly instrumentalized piece that relies mostly on the vocals to tell the story of a man who thinks a girl loves him and will do anything for her...only to have her use it against him. Brilliantly deceptively soft for the core material.

Backseat, a groove piece reminiscent of a 90s slow, sexy "Freak Dance" song...but appearing to be a monologue of the trepidation of a first timer at making out...hoping to not screw it up.

Blood turns toward a heavier Goth/metal flavour to intricately weave a story of being addicted to a failed relationship to that of the real and candid story of trying to kick smoking.

In Ink Star Skin, light electronic drums and, this reviewer believes, a harpsichord take centre-stage with vocals that tell of looking outside in to a love that's both scary and exciting.

We've all heard someone say, "it's a small world." Leaving (BC) deftly turns that saying on its head, and points out in its first line that we might not even know our next door neighbour with: "A thousand faces without names." Again, the music's secondary to the vocals that are virtually the message and the melody.

Sad Sin rounds out the opera which the Unknownn has composed to let listeners into their world. Sad Sin is a sweeping instrumental with just two succulent lines to let leave hang off the tongue: I'm a sin/the sin you're living in.

Debut album? If this is the Unknownn's debut album, hold on to your butts, people...they'll be handing it to listeners for albums to come. - Pan Productions


"Review"

Mp3 hardplay

As self stated, "Alternative / Trip Hop / Down-tempo", maybe, but I
would throw in some electronica, Ambient and Dark Soul just to
make myself more comfortable with it all!

12 tracks of intense mellow electronic flavourings blended around
vocal fantasia, it intrigues all the time, a river of non-stop shining
darkness...no emotional boundaries around it!

Duplicitous is a fine example of how The Unknownn combine
musical ambition and emotional force, on the other hand the duo
also shows that they know how to produce heavyweight pop
through tracks like Backstreet.

Nothing on this album is fake, nothing is sanitised, all the songs are
inextricably linked to the soul.

Serious with it's morbid nature and dream theme is probably one
of the highest points of this album, you have to hear it because it's
difficult to explain, I might spoil it!

From the beginning guitar notes of Nocturnal, through to the sad
electric piano shapes of Sad Sin, you won't stop it; the music will
grow on you in a crescendo of extreme pleasure.

I am very pleased to have received this album from The Unknownn,
this album is a feast of vocal and musical talent, I can surely
assume that it's the best thing from it's genre that I’ve heard
through all 2005,

thumbs up. - Mp3 hardplay


"Steve Hurst"

Steve Hurst - Glasswerk



“ ‘Nocturnal’ is a good mood setter for the album, not to mention the exemplary music and vocals brooding lyrics like ‘Taste my Cheery lips and poison them’. This is followed up by the equally ominous ‘Cure All,’ with its classy female vocals echoing around.



The album continues to blend light trip beats with orchestral rhythms, occasionally letting the electric guitar take over and darken some of the material. ‘Raw’ is a good example of the latter, where ‘Get It’ is much more soulful in its intentions.



Their scope becomes much more grand within the likes of ‘Serious’ and ‘Ink Star Skin.’ The first leading us through a poetic soothing string led journey of emotion whilst ‘Ink’ takes the journey that much higher and further – even daring to emote ‘I Fear Love.’



There is a good range when it comes to the meddling with format. There are slow builders like ‘Duplicitous’ and then more obvious pop friendly tracks like the opening numbers.



But each member of the band certainly knows how to craft his or her weapons of choice. The orchestrations can be both foreground and background materials, the beats can take control or can be lead by vocals that are soft and morose; but then later high and commanding.



For sheer impact value it’s best to start at the beginning.

For shifts in tone see ’Backseat,’ but for strength in all departments and even for the sheer will of a song go straight to ‘Ink Star Skin.’ Songs like this can go horribly wrong in the wrong hands but here it’s nothing short of a masterpiece. - Glasswerk


"Kate James"

Kate James – Up-load


“Well what can I say ! After listening to all 58 minutes and 40 seconds of this album all I can say is thank you to the Unknownn for letting us have a copy of this masterpiece. I love it.
These musicians are talented beyond words and the sound they produce is quite unique and incredibly moreish. I would love to see them perform live as I can imagine the whole room would be stood transfixed by their presence.
The haunting sound just washes over your body as you listen to this and it bounces around the speakers hitting you with a different sound from every angle before it shoots round and does it all over again.
This band are destined for greatness so get out and buy this album now and look out for live dates near you. I know the Team here will be getting to see them really soon.” - Up-load


Discography

***Debut Album OUT NOW***

www.theunknownn.com

www.myspace.com/theunknownn

www.overplay.com/theunknownn

Photos

Feeling a bit camera shy

Bio

The Unknownn were born in early 2003 from a mutual love of all things dark. The Unknownn has brought together a collective of like-minded talent.

From a studio in the depths of the English countryside The Unknownn have successfully managed to create a substantial body of work.

The dark, sculptured sound of The Unknownn reflects a life full of experiences, this, teamed with the collaborative efforts of the talented artists who frequent the studio’s ever-revolving doors.

From a kid in school with a Marantz tape deck, feverishly bouncing tracks until all that could be heard was a sonic tribute to mush, an audio brown out! The act of creation is still as exciting now as it was then, retaining all the vibrancy of youth.

But why music?

“If a picture paints…well, music communicates so much more. I love the way a short piece of music can illustrate a sensibility with such personal, yet ambiguous detail.”

The Unknownn have shrugged off any delusions of grandeur and fame, preferring the shadow lands of sound to the velvet-roped areas of ephemeral nightclubs (although the lack of pretty girls is lamented).

“It’s always about music. – I’ve always been fascinated by the way such an intangible entity can have such a profound effect on so many people in so many different ways! But mostly about the way music has affected me!”
So music it was. “It’s the soundtrack to our lives, happy, sad, sexy or confused, but mostly miserable”.

The Music

Each track has a story…the throbbing bass lines and melancholic vocals

Timeless, poignant and heartfelt, these inspired vocals send a chill down your spine.

From sweeping swings to screaming guitars, The Unknownn have a dirty sensuality about their music. Listeners experience a sound, which results in a gritty ride journey of the senses. The Unknownn describe their music as “a culmination and reaction to everything I have seen and heard to date. “

What the fans say.

“I'm sooooo feeling the music it’s awesome! I appreciate it more than my mother breast feeding me as a youngster....”

“You guys are great, excellent, it’s wonderful to be exposed to raw talent.”

“Holy shit. And just like that a fan is born.”

“I LOVE YOU GUYS SO DAMN MUCH!!!! And the vocals are amazing. The lyrics are especially touching too. I absolutely Love it! =]”

Don’t believe us? See for yourself at www.myspace.com/theunknownn

Reviews.

Caroline Beavon – Kerrang Radio

Ok ... this is one of those albums that makes you rethink the type of music you are into. Me, it's usually dirty rock and heavy metal - but something in me has really fallen for The Unknownn. Ok, so I won't be binning all my metal just yet - but this cd hasn't been off my stereo for 2 days now and I'm not quite sure when, or even if, I am going to want to stop listening to it.

I'm not sure if it's the beautiful, ethereal vocals, the vibe that reminds me so much of Portishead ... or the cracking guitars that kick in and swipe you round the head before you know what is happening (track 3, Raw .. for example - if you don't get goose-bumps 3 minutes into it, check you are still breathing).

Whichever the reason - this is one of those albums that, if there is any justice in the world, should take The Unknownn a long way ... I only hope the rest of the world is ready.

Caroline"

Kate James – Up-load

“Well what can I say!

After listening to all 58 minutes and 40 seconds of this album all I can say is thank you to the Unknownn for letting us have a copy of this masterpiece.

I love it.

These musicians are talented beyond words and the sound they produce is quite unique and incredibly more-ish.

I would love to see them perform live as I can imagine the whole room would be stood transfixed by their presence.

The haunting sound just washes over your body as you listen to this and it bounces around the speakers hitting you with a different sound from every angle before it shoots round and does it all over again.

This band are destined for greatness so get out and buy this album now and look out for live dates near you. I know the Team here will be getting to see them really soon.”