THE UN­CHARTED

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FOR FANS OF: Ar­chi­tects, North­lane, Veil Of Maya ■ The Un­charted might be rel­a­tively in­ex­pe­ri­enced – re­leas­ing this de­but EP them­selves – but Per­spec­tives is not some­thing they’re sim­ply lob­bing out to see what hap­pens. This is a metic­u­lously con­structed re­lease with its own back­story and con­cept, re­volv­ing around an un­named nar­ra­tor un­der­tak­ing a per­sonal jour­ney across in­ter­nal and ex­ter­nal per­spec­tives. It’s like a metal ver­sion of odd philo­soph­i­cal novel So­phie’s World, but it comes across as gen­uinely in­ter­est­ing rather than pre­ten­tious. Mu­si­cally, and de­spite the band name, how­ever, it isn’t travers­ing any true wilder­ness. Fans of the more pro­gres­sive end of the met­al­core spec­trum will find a lot of fa­mil­iar

el­e­ments here, but The Un­charted do it supremely well. The clean vo­cals are par­tic­u­larly im­pres­sive, and there’s a well-drilled tech­ni­cal streak run­ning through it all, too. Their mu­si­cal iden­tity will con­tinue to evolve, but for now this is a de­but that prom­ises big things ahead. PAUL TRAVERS

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