Pim B. : It’s been five years since the first full-length ‘Under A Torn Sky’ by England’s Unsilence was released. The band has been active since 1993 and recorded a few demos and EPs next to the full-length. Still it’s not the most productive band. A lot of that has to do with the not so stable line-up of Unsilence. Basically the band now consists of singer/guitarist James Kilmurray and guitarist Kieron Tuohey. On the new album this duo is assisted by drummer Jonathon Gibbs and bass player James Moffatt. Gibbs already has helped out the band as a session member numerous times. Next to that Gibbs and Moffatt are also in the doom band The Human Condition with Tuohey.
I always thought Unsilence was a fine band, but a band that follows others. On previous releases it became clear they look up to Solstice. That influence is still audible. It’s also clear that ‘A Fire On The Sea’ is inspired by Warning as well. You can hear the influence quite well and therefore we can’t say Unsilence is the most original band out there. The compositions and the delivery of those are all quite good. Fans of epic doom with fragile clean vocals will definitely dig this.