Okay so that last thing was me exaggerating a bit but you know, that's blackgaze for you. Emptiness, loneliness, despair, anguish, sadness. But always lined with a hint of hope.. After all it's not strict DSBM. When it rains it pours (much like the brilliant cover pic of the Skógafoss waterfall in Iceland pours) but still you know that there are better times ahead. The cloud with a silver lining cliché..
Speaking of clichés: that is one of the pitfalls that bands have to be mindful of if you wan't to sound sincere and if you want to make this kind of black metal work. And you know what? It's as if Unreqvited had some kind of premonition of me writing this review because I feel they have avoided every single trap. For one thing, it sounds 100% sincere and honest, which is very important because you are dealing with fragile emotions . When the vocals scream out in anguish, it feels real. It also seems that they chose not to have lyrics and have the music do the storytelling. Which for me is a big plus. I like to let instrumental music tell it's own story or have me invent mine.
Not much is know of Unreqvited, except that they're from Canada, and that there's only one person on the 'band'pic so my best guess is that it is a solo effort. Which makes it pretty impressive since all the instruments are played with obvious talent, attention to detail and craftsmanship. It's also very heavy on the synths which is great because I love synths. As long as they are well-used, which they are in this case. The whole thing sounds great too. Clarity and at times a very 'grandiose' sounding production. Also, it reminded me a little bit of Summoning (like on 'An Ocean of Ire') at times, especially the big synths and piano parts. Yet it retains a certain looseness and rawness that keeps it from sounding too clinical.
So yet again I can end with the same conclusion I often have with blackgaze albums: This is an essential album if you are into the bands I mentioned above. Unreqvited delivers its emotions with honesty, sincerety and above all a clear vision to put feelings into sounds. And yes, even though I'm a big, strong man I'm not above admitting I shed a small tear at the gorgeous, wonderful, hopeful sounding piano outro of the album...