How did a bunch of lads from the Cotswolds end up pro­duc­ing this?!

Metal Hammer (UK) - - New Noise Round-up - WORDS: SO­PHIE MAUGHAN

GLOUCES­TER. THE CATHE­DRAL city of the pic­turesque Cotswolds. It’s prob­a­bly not a place that you would ex­pect to be cours­ing with ex­is­ten­tial angst, but The Un­charted are ev­i­dence to the con­trary. Formed from the ashes of pre­vi­ous en­deav­ours and with a vi­sion of com­bin­ing the best el­e­ments of their favourite gen­res – from death­core to the ex­pan­sive sounds of Co­heed And Cam­bria – the re­sult was their de­but EP, Per­spec­tives. Burst­ing with soar­ing melodies and elec­tronic am­bi­ence echoed by gut­tural screams, all five tracks leave an im­pres­sion long af­ter the first lis­ten. But as more de­tails on the band’s con­cep­tual cre­ation are re­vealed, it emerges that hid­den within what you be­lieved was the only story, lies an­other.

“I wanted an idea that was like a meta­mor­pho­sis in a per­son – how they started out in a re­ally dark place but were de­ter­mined to change things in their life”, ex­plains vo­cal­ist Ar­ron Carter. “But then you’ve got the emo­tions in each song that ap­ply to us, too. For ex­am­ple, Death­drive refers to one of us com­ing out of an in­cred­i­bly toxic re­la­tion­ship and then strug­gling to get back on their feet. So, al­though it’s a story based around an un­known char­ac­ter, it’s all got our own in­di­vid­ual emo­tions that we’ve ex­pe­ri­enced be­hind it.” So is this a case of life im­i­tat­ing art? “Ab­so­lutely. We all suf­fer in our own ways – that’s why I see it as such a pow­er­ful thing”, agrees co-vo­cal­ist

Peter Lee. “If you dig deep enough into an emo­tion your­self, you can un­cover it for some­one else. That was re­ally the aim with Per­spec­tives – we want peo­ple to be able to ex­pe­ri­ence that same cathar­sis through our mu­sic.”

By tap­ping into their own per­sonal strug­gles, this seven-piece have not only man­aged to tra­verse that un­known path suc­cess­fully, they’ve con­vinced countless oth­ers that theirs is a jour­ney worth watch­ing.


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