1. On The Other Side 2. Scream Out 3. The End Is Near 4. Weapons Of Mass Destruction
5. You Can Never Go Home 6. Dead Weight 7. Force Fed 8. Social Damage 9. Waste Of Time
10. Hit And Run 11. We Are All That We Have 12. Flames Have Destroyed 13. Final Execution
(Armageddon) 14. Paint It Black
Label: Hellcat Records / Release Date: May 10, 2005
I first became aware of The Unseen when I heard their song "Dead Weight Falls" on the most recent Punk-O-Rama CD. I was very impressed with the tune, and stated so in my review of the CD. Then I heard them again on the 2005 Warped Tour compilation, with the song "Weapons of Mass Deception" and was impressed a second time. I decided to investigate them a little more thoroughly, and headed over to the Epitaph Records website. Totally by chance, the day I went looking for info on The Unseen, there was a video press kit on them, right on the Epitaph homepage. I watched it, and by the end, I knew that one way or the other, I needed to get the CD.
What was so interesting in the five minute video? Well there was the fact that the Dropkick Murphys' Ken Casey produced the album. That was a strong selling point. Then there was the fact that Bad Religion guitarist and Epitaph's man in charge, Brett Gurewitz mixed the record. That was good too. Also good were guest spots by Mighty Mighty Bosstones singer Dicky Barret and Rancid co-frontman, Lars Frederiksen. But the final straw was the prospect of owning a hardcore punk rock version of The Rolling Stones "Paint It Black." I ask you, how could I pass that up? So I got a hold of the CD, and wouldn't you know . . . it's great.
There's something about a guy, be he mohawked or not, screaming until it sounds like his voice box is going to tear itself out of his throat and run for its life, that really gets me going. Couple that with some seriously fast and heavy punk rock, and some gang-like screaming backing vocals and you've got one hell of a good record.
Highlights: "Paint It Black," Dead Weight Falls," "On The Other Side/Scream Out,"