THE UNITY

***HARD DRIVING GERMAN / ITALIAN MELODIC METAL BAND’S OUTSTANDING THIRD STUDIO ALBUM ‘PRIDE’ RELEASED MARCH 13TH ON STEAMHAMMER / SPV***

“Bristling with primal energy and fortified with a piquant, discernibly Neo-Classical sheen, The Unity made quite the entrance in the Spring of last year with their eponymous debut. Put together by one-time Gamma Ray alumni Henjo Richter and Michael Heré (on guitars and drums respectively) The Unity play a bombastic yet precisely focused blend of swaggering Hard Rock with a blistering Metal edge. In many respects it’s kind of like a riotous mix of Eden’s Curse, Gamma Ray and Pretty Maids, but with a healthy old-school injection from some of Britain’s finest as well, think tinctures of Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Black Sabbath (circa Tony Martin). I could wax lyrical at some length about most of the tracks on here but all I’ll say is that if big hooks, stretching arrangements and rousing melody lines are your thing (and why wouldn’t they be?) then ‘Rise’ is definitely an album you’ll want to check out. As the lines between Hard Rock and Heavy Metal become ever more blurred, bands of this calibre are a rousing celebration of what’s best in both worlds!”

(Dave Cockett, Fireworks Magazine Autumn 2018.)

The Unity, the exceptional melodic German / Italian power metal band formed by Gamma Ray drummer Michael Heré and guitarist Henjo Richter, have confirmed the release of their awesome third album, ‘Pride’ on March 13th on Steamhammer / SPV. ‘Pride’, which will be available as a digipak CD, double gatefold transparent with black swirls vinyl (with printed inner sleeves), download and stream, is an even more impressive opus than 2018’s much lauded predecessor ‘Rise’. Check out the video for ‘We Don’t Need Them Here’ the first single taken from the album, at https://youtu.be/6TSmFqd67_E

Reflecting on the group’s consistent, impressive development, Italian vocalist Gianbattista Manenti states that “I’d describe our current material not merely as an evolvement, because every band evolves in one way or another. In fact, I’m pretty proud of what we’ve achieved so far, not only in musical terms but also on a personal level.”

Virtually all members of the superbly ‘tight unit’ of Manenti, Ehré and Richter, plus guitarist Stef E, bassist Jogi Sweers and keyboardist Sascha Onnen, were involved in writing the 12 captivating songs presented on ‘Pride’, ensuring on the one hand the album’s intended stylistic diversity, and on the other that all band members identify with the material. “It also makes you think out of your own little box, because everybody has special talents and preferences which can result in surprising nuances as part of the creative process,” explains Michael Ehré.

Pride’s broad stylistic range includes radio friendly hard rock numbers such as ‘Hands Of Time’, ‘Line And Sinker’ and ‘You Don’t Walk Alone’ through raw metal attacks like ‘Scenery Of Hate’ and the uptempo ‘Damn Nation’, to real shuffle rock tracks such as ‘Rusty Cadillac’. The Unity have again applied the highest standards to combine all these elements in a uniform and contemporary-sounding sonic frame, with all songs – irrespective of their individual tempo – culminating in deeply melodic chorus sections.

‘Pride’, which (like its predecessor ‘Rise’) was recorded at the B-Castle Studio in Nordenham and mixed and mastered by Achim Köhler (Brainstorm, Sinner, Primal Fear) at his Indiscreet Audio studios, directly addresses the issue of a planet which seems to have been turned upside down in ecological and social terms. “Climate change, governments that act illegally, rampant populism – those are topics that you simply have to comment on,” The Unity explain, taking, according to guitarist Stef, an unequivocal stand “against any kind of political radicalism, intolerance and oppression on ‘We Don’t Need Them Here’; the chorus is a passionate anthem to freedom.” ‘Hands Of Time’ warns of the increasing destruction of the environment, while ‘Line And Sinker’, the second single – set to be released with a lavish video clip on 28 February – also allows insights into personal emotions. 

‘Pride’, a consummate, uplifting, deeply melodious offering, which more than justifies the epithet of ‘classic third album syndrome’, is all set to blast The Unity into Hard Rock’s heady stratosphere.

 

Tracklisting
CD1
01. The New Pandora 01:17
02. Hands Of Time 05:33
03. Line And Sinker 05:41
04. We Don´t Need Them Here 03:56
05. Destination Unknown 05:06
06. Angel Of Dawn 04:42
07. Damn Nation 04:50
08. Wave Of Fear 05:39
09. Guess How I Hate This 04:18
10. Scenery Of Hate 04:03
11. Rusty Cadillac 03:27
12. You Don´t Walk Alone 04:23

CD2
01 The Storm (live) 05:14
02 The Willow Tree (live) 05:13
03 You Got Me Wrong (live) 04:46
04 Never Forget (live) 07:31
05 Nowhereland 06:48

Line-Up:
Gianbattista Manenti (vocals)
Michael Ehre (drums)
Henjo Richter (guitars)
Stef E (guitar)
Jogi Sweers (bass)
Sascha Onnen (keyboards)

Live 2020:
on tour with RHAPSODY OF FIRE 
19.02. NL-Rotterdam – Baroeg
20.02. NL-Arnhem – Willemeen
21.02. BE-Antwerp – Zappa
22.02. DK-Copenhagen – Beta
23.02. DE-Hamburg – Logo
24.02. PL-Warsaw – Progresja
26.02. DE-Osnabrück – Bastard Club 
on tour with FREEDOM CALL
12.03. DE-Karlsruhe – Substage
13.03. DE-Memmingen – Kaminwerk
14.03. DE-Siegburg – Kubana
19.03. AT-Vienna – Viper Room
20.03. DE-Regensburg – Eventhall Airport
21.03. CH-Wetzikon – Hall Of Fame
22.03. AT-Salzburg – Rockhouse
12.04. DE-Hannover – Musikzentrum
Release Show
24.04. DE-Nordenham – Jahnhalle
25.04. DE-Nordenham – Jahnhalle – sold out

 

 

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