Unexpect - _Utopia_
(Independent, 2001)
by: Adrian Bromley (8 out of 10)
To sound somewhat corny, I didn't know what to expect from Unexpect. Hailing from Quebec, Canada, this talented seven-piece band play some truly jaw-dropping symphonic/epic metal music, coated with sharp, demonic vocal cries and harsh guitar riffs, but at the same time offering up enchanting vocals (provided quite nicely by singer Elda) and some really memorable melodies. This is an epic album that doesn't come off too grandiose or pompous, but still strong enough to push us back a bit as the epic songs unfold into beautifully mastered numbers. From start to finish _Utopia_ has you hooked, reminiscent somewhat of the effect that Therion's _Theli_ drew in listeners, but not as tight or dazzling as Christofer Johnsson's Therion. In time this band will find the right tools to bring their music to the next level. All we can do now is enjoy what they offer us at this point in time.

Contact: http://www.unexpect.org

(article published 19/10/2001)

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