Sound: Refreshingly upbeat is the best way to describe Poland's gothic metal band, UnSun. Even with a title such as "The End Of Life", you never really feel like it is the end. Unlike most gothic bands that come to mind, they do not have a keyboardist, but rather rely on programmed keys and sound pads. This may come as a surprise while listening to the album since a majority of the songs start either with keys or an effect. Regardless, the package as a whole comes across as very energetic; something always welcome in a sea of overly bleak gothic metal that is bleak for the sake of maintaining an image. However, not all is well and good here. The last song on the album, "Indifference" will be sure to make you check if you're listening to the same disc since it almost comes out of left field (but it actually does start to grow on you). After a while there is a chance you may feel like some songs may have needed something more to them or that you have heard it previously on the same album. This is a shame, because it is a rather enjoyable album for the most part, and has some nice ballads to accent the distorted guitars. // 8
Lyrics: Well, the lyrics are not bad, but also are nothing to write home about. Sure, there are some neat little lines thrown in such as "Like a moonlight, you're showing me the way, like heroine, you course in my veins" that put a little bit of a new take on a popular metaphor. Perhaps the only other notable set of lines are "I feel like a grain of sand On the empty desert, every man is special, every man I feel like a grain", which reminds you that it is still a gothic album at heart. So there are no great one liners that you'll be thinking about after listening to the album. The lyrics that do exist fit nicely with their song own songs, and are really not poorly written. There are some pretty catchy choruses, that is when you can understand what's being said.
The singer, Anna "Aya" Stefanowicz is not the best at hiding her accent. Now, this is not a horrible thing since it allows her to add her own style to the music, but also makes it rather difficult to actually understand the lyrics. However, as a singer she seems to be spot on for what they are going for as a band. // 7
Overall Impression: I am glad to see that the single, "Whispers" is actually a pretty good song. If you are new to the band it is most likely the safest place to start. However, there are also a few ballads, with "Face The Truth" being the standout of the group. It is nice to see a female fronted gothic metal band that doesn't have a male constantly trying to add death growls or choirs where they don't belong. With a bit more maturing, this band can really make a name for themselves in the metal world. // 8