What’s in a name? Unprocessed as a word defines something raw and untouched. And yet, the connotation is somewhat arbitrary when combined with the band’s innate ability to constantly develop and experiment with a sound that although is entirely derivative of raw and natural skill, is futuristic, progressive and multifaceted in nature. Creating an entirely new genre of their own combining progressive guitar driven music with pop and electronica, the German quartet represents a new evolution of modern progressive metal as shown in their new album, ‘GOLD, out now via Airforce1/Spinefarm Records.
Photo credit – Leo Feimer
The band have just launched their first German speaking offering in the form of ‘Berlin’ – with a music video which you can now watch HERE
David Levy, Bass, says this about ‘Berlin’:
“After living in Berlin for two years, I had to reflect on the crazy impressions that made me fall in love with the city, but also those that made me turn my back and return to southern Germany.
Berlin is known for its excessive party scene, and the dark and brutal vibes that come from the city itself. The cultural variety and the huge contrasts between rich and poor make for a lot of self-reflection, and there’s always a big fear of falling through the cracks of society, being confronted with the victims of that anomaly every day. Musically, the song captures the industrial techno vibes and the heaviness of Berlin, smoothly integrated into the UNPROCESSED sound. The highlight in this song for me is that Manuel sings in German for the first time and it speaks to our roots.”
Stream/order ‘Gold’ HERE
Unprocessed strive to break down genre boundaries by meshing together pop, rock and metal and are at the forefront of the European heavy music scene. After the breakthrough opus “Artificial Void” released in 2019, singer and guitarist Manuel Gardner Fernandes, David Levy (bass, synthesizer), Christoph Schultz (guitar) and Leon Pfeifer (drums) now open the next chapter in their journey with the brand new album. On the new offering Unprocessed transform their unique sound once again in an ever evolving move by the experimental act.
Having already presented a taste of what’s to come with their millionfold streamed tracks ‘Candyland’, ‘Rain’ and ‘Portrait’, Unprocessed puts forth a slew of material that continues to engage and captivate fans of progressive and popular music.
The band have released videos for songs ‘Closer’, ‘Fabulist’ and ‘Dinner’ from the album.
With GOLD, the band wanted to merge together both their personal and artistic worlds. After three prog-metal concept albums that were IN CONCRETION, COVENANT and ARTIFICIAL VOID, the core desire was to create something the world has never heard before, something that surprises and excites the band as musicians and as humans on a deeper level.
The band says this about the album
“Both joyful and devastating experiences had their impact on the music and lyrics of GOLD. A lot of influences are displayed in a way in which we believe no one has ever interpreted modern guitar-driven music before. The result of these songs is that the music fully expresses our emotions across various topics and both instrumentally and vocally this is who we are as Unprocessed today. We hope that these songs have a lasting impact on those who hear it. The lyrics are intended for the listener to find their own demons and strengths within.”
“The album ‘GOLD’ consists of 16 tracks and each of them has their own identity and character. Our new album is what we feel is our most diverse album to date, and we stand behind our creative choices 100%. Every song is pure UNPROCESSED, and every song is vulnerable in its own way.”
2. Red wine
3. The Longing
4. Orange Grove
11. The Game
Catch Unprocessed live in 2022
US Tour (With Polyphia)
08/12 – Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall
08/14 – Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line
08/15 – Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s
08/16 – Lawrence, KS @ The Granada Theatre
08/18 – Denver, CO @ Gothic Theatre
08/19 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
08/20 – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
08/22 – Vancouver, BC @ Imperial
08/23 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne
08/24 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre
08/26 – San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
08/27 – Los Angeles, CA @ Fonda Theatre
08/28 – Pomona, CA @ The Glasshouse
08/31 – Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
09/02 – Fort Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theatre
09/03 – Austin, TX @ Come and Take It Live
Manuel Gardner Fernandes – Vocals & Guitar
David Levy – Bass & Synth
Leon Pfeifer – Drums
Chris Schultz – Guitar
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