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Released: 1999, Independent
This must be my month for 3 track demos. This is my second after BattleMage. However BattleMage and Unscathed are nothing alike. BattleMage are powermetal and Unscathed are just dirty, crunchy heavy metal. ...Unscathed, hailing from Sioux Falls SD, was formed in Feb. 99, consisting of ....Chris Anderson vocal/guitars....Ryan Woolworth drums/backing vocals....Cameron Larson bass, and Jerry Cook guitars. They released this 3 song demo entitled "Prey" after about 6 months of being together...The cd was recorded, produced, and mixed by Chris Anderson, and Unscathed.
Unscathed have been creating a buzz for themselves by metal fans on the internet. That is how I happened upon these guys. One of their numerous fans sent me an MP3 and put me onto the band who then sent me the demo and here we are. As I said the demo consists of three tracks with the opener being the title track "Prey" The song kicks off with a nice little bass intro and then kicks in with a very crunchy guitar riff. Right off the bat I can tell that these guys aren’t out to be pretty. The song itself is a mid tempo romp which slightly reminds me of "Symphony of Destruction" by Megadeth. Anderson’s vocals are scratchy and dirty and fit this song to a T. Up next is the plodding "Mind Virus". This song is just a classic. There is nice touch added in an unholy voice which chimes in at odd times to double Anderson’s vocal line. This adds an interesting flavour to the tune. "Shatterproof" is the ripper of the bunch. The bass is much more up front on this tune and the wah wah pedal is in abundance on the guitar riffs. Also a word about the cover art. Any cd that has a naked alien female on the cover is pretty good in my books!
The production on this cd caught me at first. It has a lot in common with Megadeth’s "Countdown to Extinction" and Metallica’s "...And Justice For All". The sound is sparse and lacks a lot of bass but on the flip side the guitars sound razor sharp and the drums don’t drown out the whole production. Unscathed play no frills metal and I look forward to hearing more from them in the future.
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