Mosaic I: l'amour et l'ardeur
NSP 165 :
Unreqvited - Mosaic I: l'amour et l'ardeur DigiCD/LP
Release date: November 23rd,
and uplifting; a journey of massive peaks and bottomless caves.
Unreqvited's take on post-black metal is one that paints a canvas of
musical diversity, with elements of expansive post-rock, tortured dsbm
vocals, shimmering blackgaze melodies and grandiose orchestral segments.
With their debut LP “Disquiet”, Unreqvited lays down the foundation for
their somber, melancholic sound by using hallmark principles of black
metal like torrential blast beats and tremolo sparingly. Instead,
opting for emphasis on melodies and synthesizers to invoke thoughts of
frozen woodlands and a troubled internal state.
Sophomore LP “Stars Wept to the Sea” featured a new approach to the
genre. Drifting and dreamlike with crystalline keys and soaring guitar
riffs, yet scalding vocals continue to convey torture and pain. Unusual
and intriguing, the music is a study in contrasts. Stars Wept is a huge
step forward towards maturity, adding tons of new ideas, sparks and
personality to the Unreqvited sound. The albumʼs bright, shimmering
atmosphere exudes a sense of triumph in the face of a genre often
rooted in despair.
Mosaic I might be Unreqvitedʼs most ambitious effort to date. Though
only 40 minutes in length, their third LP explores far more hopeful
territory, deeply rooted in post-rock and orchestral influences. Apart
from the harrowing, tormented shrieking vocals, little to no black
metal influences remain from their previous releases. It instead
features majestic and hopeful refrains, wonderfully evocative
progressions, and angelic, delicate atmospheres. The by-product is a
captivating new sound that may be completely unique to the genre.
The first press of the CD comes as Collector’s Edition in Digipack,
limited to 1000 copies.
The LP comes on magenta + green splatter vinyl (ltd. 99, exclusive from NSP) and white vinyl (ltd.
199), incl. insert.
1. Sunrise (6:00)
2. Dreamscape (8:10)
3. Radiant (5:44)
4. Balance (7:39)
5. Permanence (13:00)
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record is full of unique atmosphere, pianos, ambient, keys, light
passages (saying this again). It is definitely much more positive than
the “Stars”. Maybe just here it looses some points with me. But yes,
both albums differ in their attitude, mood and perspective. The
blackgaze now has made a space for sun rays, the post-black has gone
post-rock and progressive. Somehow “Mosaic I: l’amour et l’ardeur”
crosses a bit the Alcest path (and even latest Anathema), but rapidly
turns away and keeps on running in its own unique way, creating own
worlds and visions. Soundwise it is more polished, not that rawer, as
“Stars”. It is a high quality record from this perspective."
9/10 - www.blessedaltarzine.com
"Despite post-black metal still being a somewhat “smaller” zone for
black metal when compared to the rest of the different styles, there
are so many wonderful acts that make great arguments to see why
post-black metal can be so wondrous, and Unreqvited is easily one such
act. In every form, “”Mosaic I: l’amour et l’ardeur” is a magnificent
piece that’s best heard with a hot cup of coffee and gazing at the
stars in all their glory as Unreqvited guides us through the cosmos."
moments of distorted guitar do rise to the surface, while deep within
the songs the anguished shrieks and howls of DSBM vocals can be heard
faintly, but for the most part Unreqvited have given us a lush,
expansive album of atmospheric post-rock with a hint of blackgaze,
resulting in one of the more beautiful albums of the year. Just don’t
expect your ears to be shredded by blastbeats and tremolo picking."
4/5 - www.heavymusichq.com
100/100 - www.musika.be
"Mosaic I: l'amour et l'ardeur is a very good
album. You definitely will not be surprised by it, but the density, the
sagacity and the originality of the music will certainly please you.
Versatile enough to deserve some attention, the poetic delicacy and the
sensible beauty present in the general framework of the album makes it
worthwhile listening. Definitely, you will be way more happy and serene
after this marvelous sonorous experience."
"If you believe in brightness and light as a
constant dropback for the music you want to hear, there will be nothing
that can beat Mosaic. Perhaps the pink colors on the cover should have
given it away. A-cup-totally-full person will not put this down. A
realist and pessimist in me likes to brood more to the music, thus
Stars Wept to the Sea appealed more to me on the personal level,
although I could hardly fault Mosaic for its flawless execution and
"Unreqvited are a very great sounding mixture of depressive black
metal, post rock, shoegaze and experimental and if you are a fan of
those musical genres, you should check out this band."
"Mosaic I peut être considéré comme l’effort le
plus ambitieux d’Unreqvited à ce jour. Album après album, le
one-man-band canadien gagne en maturité et se démarque avec un
post-black laissant plus de place à l’espoir et au bonheur. Au final,
Mosaic I est un album que l’on peut définir comme étant grandiose,
majestueux et captivant."
8/10 - www.valkyrieswebzine.com