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"Erica Dunham is moving on but not before leaving fans with one final dose of electronic aggression - this time with a twist."

Unter Null is the vision of Erica Dunham – a classically trained pianist that happens to also have a penchant for the harsher side of music. More specifically, she seems to have an affinity for dissonant electronic music that melds harsh effects, pulsating synths, pounding beats, and distorted vocals – a combination that she has consistently delivered for almost a decade through Unter Null. Considering her musical background, though, it was inevitable that she was eventually going to tire of delivering music with such a limited scope, and that is what finally happened. A few years back she announced that Unter Null had one album left before being officially retired, but a fire destroyed the master recordings before they ever saw the light of day. At that point she could have been forgiven for simply giving up on a project that she had already outgrown, but she persisted and the result is the aptly titled Moving On.

Moving On is a typical Unter Null album at heart, but it’s something more than that as well. It’s a varied and dynamic album that takes the band’s core elements and melds them with a prominent use of melody, catchier songwriting and a fuller sound overall. This expanded musical pallet has helped to create a very diverse album that manages to break from the occasionally uniform nature of her previous releases. It has also given Erica the vessel necessary to express more than anger through her music. So, while there are tracks such as the gabber/black metal hybrid of “Visceral, Venom of My Being” there are also songs such as “Godless” to contrast with that. In fact, the tracks that do more than simply bludgeon the listener are easily in the majority on this album. These songs may feature elements from previous albums such as distorted vocals or pounding club beats, but they’re going to be augmented by lush melodies, clean singing, and dynamic shifts in tempo and volume.

Quite simply, buried beneath the electronics and distorted vocals of each track lies the soul of a pop song, and I mean that in the best way possible. It means that despite the harsh vocals and cold atmosphere of a track such as “Moving On”, there is still a palpable emotional connection created, as well as memorable hooks that will stick with you. This pop undercurrent even manages to bleed into the more dissonant tracks such as “Broken Heart Cliché” with its memorable chorus and subtle melodic nuances. The result is an album that should still contain enough visceral anger to appease old fans, but is also a significant step forward musically. Moving On is the culmination of everything that Unter Null could be without losing its original identity. It’s the rhythmic beats, focused anger and cold electronics that they’ve always been known for – no doubt about it – but it’s also strong hooks, lush melodies, and a wider array of moods than ever before.

Erica Dunham has really accomplished two significant things with this album. The first, and most important, is that she has released an album that she can be proud of and that leaves the Unter Null legacy firmly in tact. The second, probably unintended, accomplishment is that she has proven that it really was time for her to move on in order to fully realize her musical vision without any genre limitations. Until she does move into the next phase of her musical career, though, we’re left with this final Unter Null album. An album that keeps the core elements in tact, but also does so much more by allowing the songs to become a little soft around the edges; to display that there is more than anger and aggression under those cold electronics and mechanical beats.
- Sputnik Music

"Unter Null - Moving On review"

It took quite a long period of time until a follow-up for the Unter Null debut The Failure Epiphany got released. 5 years if you don’t count the Sacrament / Absolution EP’s. This has a couple of reasons. The most important being that Erica Dunham actually is fed up with the EBM industrial genre. Moving On is to her own account the last traditional album in that sense. Unter Null however is not dead. Erica moved into different musical territory already with her Stray project that was more towards idm and dance and she doesn’t like the genre limitations of the conservative EBM industrial scene one bit. Add to that that it took some time to find rest to make a second album and when she finally got at it, she had the bad luck that during a fire her complete studio was lost. She could start all over again, although later on she declared that the material for her new album could be saved from a harddisk.

But as the title already indicates, being passive doesn’t help and so soon the second Unter Null album Moving On will be in the stores. This album shows quite a big change in style towards idm and dance while also the EBM and industrial influence is still all over the place. It makes the impression to be a transitional album. Schizophrenic it however is not since Erica has really managed to make it sound as a whole. The production was in the hands of Claus Larsen of Leaether Strip. The heavy rhythms and sequences in many of the tracks are accompanied by intelligent melodies and beautiful piano work which creates the necessary tranquil interludes. On this album you will also hear breakbeats and triphop alike parts but these go together with the heavy uptempo dark electro like one can hear in ‘Broken Heart Cliché’.

Also worth mentioning is the atmospheric track ‘Godless’ which is a track that even has pop qualities. This album moreover is a pretty personal one in character as is clear while listening to the track ‘I Can’t be the One’. But also the next. Peculiar but by all means fitting is the noise track ‘Visceral, Venom of My Being’ in which Unter Null sounds like Manufactura. The emotion in vocals and music sounds very powerful and it seems like Erica Dunham is dealing with demons from the past in order to be able to make a start with a new phase. The last two real highlights on this album are the compelling ‘Hypocrite and Contradict’ and the Nick Cave cover ‘The Mercy Seat’. With the bonus tracks you will also find two more dance floor killers with ‘Obligatory Club Hit to Appease the Masses’ and the Studio-X hardstyle remix of ‘Godless’.

The album is also available as limited 2CD with the bonus CD ‘Moved On’ that features nine more exclusive new tracks as well as more remixes. Moving On shows Unter Null is developing fast and it promises much more beautiful stuff in the future too. - Gothtronic


Unter Null (CDr) - 2001
Neocide (File, MP3) - 2003
Sick Fuck (CDr, EP, Ltd) - 2005
The Failure Epiphany - 2005
The Failure Epiphany (2xCD + Box) - 2005
The Failure Epiphany / Sick Fuck - 2005
Absolution (CD, EP, Ltd) - 2006
Sacrament (CD, EP, Ltd) - 2006
Moving On (Album, LP) - 2010
Mixing On (Album, LP, Ltd) - 2010
Moved On (Album, LP, Ltd) - 2010



The sole creation of Erica Dunham, material began to be written under the moniker of Unter Null in the year 1998. After years of classical piano training, as well as cello and guitar, the foray into electronic music began.

Unter Null’s sound could be described as equal parts melody and noise, venom balanced with sentiment, and a blend of sounds influenced by a wide variety of genres spanning from industrial, classical, black metal, and IDM.

Unter Null has come to represent a complete reassessment of the direction of the project, both in the writing and live performance aspects of Unter Null. Supported by a full live band, the aggression of the album material is now fully reflected by a live dynamic that looks to span genre boundaries, and overcome scene isolation by incorporating the engaging elements of punk rock energy, metal ferocity, and the intensity, and club playability of industrial, and EBM.