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The Unidentified - Demos and Alternatesdotdotdotdot
artworkThis set of demos includes several alternates and live (WPRB) takes of some very powerful pounders driven by Theremin and surf chunk in a dangerous warehouse of the disappearing. Very dark and future shock mechanized. The lone vocal track is the vicious "El Paso Matter."
Picks: ctl_alt_del, Chemical-X, The Cruel Sea, Sinister Purpose, Foot Phone, Space Dusted, The Disclaimer, Alien Gonzalez, The Excessive Machine, Brand New Huffy

Track by Track Review

ctl_alt_del dotdotdotdotdot
Industrial Strength Surf (Instrumental)

This PC titled track has the darkness of Gates' world, but the melodic power of a Mac. The melody line is based in part on a familiar theme, but only a verse or two. Heavy and sounding like it might have been born of the dangerous mind of Billy Joe Winghead. "ctl_alt_del" is a very cool track.

Chemical-X dotdotdotdot
Industrial Strength Surf (Instrumental)

Slowly cycling audio generator and harsh rhythm power this very dark track. Rhythmic and writhing with edge, "Chemical-X" charges through a dimly lit robotic soundscape. One or two vocal rages are not enough to make this the vocal that the ep version is.

The Cruel Sea dotdotdotdot
Industrial Strength Surf (Instrumental)

It's interesting how the Unidentified transition into Mike Maxfield's melodic Brit-rock instro with harsh abandon and spitting glissandos. Very big, yet retaining the surfability and melodic sense. Brutally beautiful.

Sinister Purpose dotdotdotdot
Industrial Strength Surf (Instrumental)

"Sinister Purpose" thunders with assault and battery. Heavy and dark and featuring interesting keys. Mostly very big and dangerous.

Foot Phone dotdotdotdotdot
Industrial Strength Surf (Instrumental)

When talking into your shoe needs an excuse, invent the "Foot Phone." Huge and powerful, glissandoed, melodically dark, and very thick. The Unidentified have created one monster of a death ride here.

Space Dusted dotdotdotdot
Industrial Strength Surf (Instrumental)

Harsh and stark like a vision of space from which you don't return, "Space Dusted" is a high powered number with a shred focus. Imagine skate punk for a space age generation.

The Disclaimer dotdotdotdot
Industrial Strength Surf (Instrumental)

Light tones that suggest a close encounter, and spitfire double picked surf fly along with a million notes assaulting you as if a robot from a future curl was after you. This alternate version is tuff and very dark, yet very surfy in an android wave kind of way.

Alien Gonzalez dotdotdotdotdot
Industrial Strength Surf (Instrumental)

Circulating drums and moody bass run amok beneath the cycling dark guitar and Theremin. "Alien Gonzalez" is an evil track with a very dangerous sound. Very cool!

The Excessive Machine dotdotdotdotdot
Industrial Strength Surf (Instrumental)

With a large psi-fi tweakery via Hawklords' styled electronics and space surf death rock guitar, "The Excessive Machine" sounds much as you might expect. Thick and on-the-edge.

Brand New Huffy dotdotdotdot
Industrial Strength Surf (Instrumental)

Heavy on the eeriness of the Theremin, this alternative mix of "Brand New Huffy" is very strong. The tribal drums relentlessly deliver danger to the surf based and dangerously relentless rhythm. Large and very risky. One vocal verse threatens the listener.