Unhailoed plays a style of heavy metal that is very aggressive and hard hitting. While “Memoir of a Dying World” is true headbanging fare, the band maintains enough melody in the music and variety in the vocals to keep things interesting.
The Auburn band consists of Jeremy Ludington on vocals, James Sumner and Jess Hudson on guitars, Gabe Wright on bass and Dylan Bennett on drums.
The title track starts things off with some eerie sound effects and a guitar riff in a minor key that meshes well with the cymbals. An instrumental number, it slowly builds momentum over the course of one minute and 44 seconds.
“Population Control” is built around a brutal riff that is perfect for the lyrical content. “Population mass murder, sacrifice them all/ population control, bury them all.”
“Liberation of the Wicked” begins with a muscular guitar riff. Ludington sings about fear of evil. “Just try to crack the surface of time/ leave your dead and weak behind.” A nice surprise is Wright getting funky for a few seconds with some thumb slapping, a tactic rarely heard in metal.
“Greet No Mercy” has some intricate riffs. There are some slight production problems with the drums. At times they get a bit buried in the mix, at other times they sound a bit hollow. But the guitars come out sounding great. There is a guitar solo of a minute in length that is tasteful and majestic.
“Next Chapter” is a good showcase for Ludington’s vocal abilities. He shows considerable range and clarity. “What is it I am searching for?/ searching, nothing/ when my endeavors start to end.”
Janie Ludington makes a guest appearance on “I Sin,” singing backing vocals behind her brother’s lead vocals.
“Beauty and the Beast” starts with a melodic arpeggio. It gets very heavy within 25 seconds. This is one of the stronger tracks.
On “Martyr’s Oath” Ludington sings of a man who died for his beliefs. “I would like to thank those who serve my need/ gave me life…I love you all even those who pushed me down.”
“Invoked” is fast in some parts, slower in others. It has many intricate guitar riffs and a solo for the final minute. It is very busy musically, but the instruments do not compete against each other. This is a good example of the band’s compositional skills. The lyrics appear to describe someone who falls for the lure of drugs, only to find himself betrayed by the vice. “On this tower spirals down/only one way out they found/ with a needle in my arm.”
“March of the Gnomes” begins with feet stomping in unison on pavement, which is fitting given the title.
For more information on the band visit www.myspace.com/unhailoed.
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