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  • Audio CD (13 Jun. 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal / Island
  • ASIN: B0009JOPBC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,439 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Guiltless
2. Venus
3. Erosion And Regeneration
4. I Am Chromosome
5. An End
6. Holy Father Inferior
7. Worldly Divine
8. Lint
9. Elixir

Product Description

Few push rock music into the realms of the personally-conceived art form. Few apart from a disarmingly striking 22 year old from Aylesbury with chipped black nail varnish and a careening falsetto. Grech's music is a dark, disorientating landscape, as informed by surrealist artists H.R. Giger and Joel Peter Witkin as Nine Inch Nails and Radiohead.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Elliot Davies on 29 July 2005
Format: Audio CD
Albums like this NEED five star reviews, otherwise, well, it's like a personal insult to music itself. Calling this any less than a classic is a crime. If Trent Reznor were to have a love child with Thom Yorke and Jeff Buckley, and if this child were to collaborate with Godspeed You! Black Emperor to perform the latter half of Sigur Ros's ( ), chances are it would sound like this. This is dark, dark music. Music to soundtrack a slow descent into a very personal hell, the only escape being a treacherous pathway constructed from the ruins of desecrated churches and cathedrals guarded by bipedal cyborgs of death.
"Guiltless" is as unnerving an opener as you'll ever hear: Ominous bass, drums that threaten to explode at any minute, strings that can only be descrived as evil, upsetting electronics and demonic whispered vocals. I'm tempted to call "I Am Chromosone" this album's "Dali", in that it's an industrial tour de force of epic proportions with ambient interludes. However, it is so much more. Whilst "Dali" is an explosion of energy, "Chromosone" is a veritable supernova. The coda in which Martin screams "Revolt" to an accompaniment of music that could effectively reduce even the most hardened of metal fans into a pile of quivering jelly is unforgettable.
Grech succeeds in mentality, yet he is an absolute master of the calmer sound. "Lint" is a moment of true beauty, so faint it's almost inaudible, so powerful it's unforgettable. "Venus" is almost pastoral, perhaps one of the most beautiful love songs ever penned. "Erosion and Regeneration" is genuinely scary, in which Martin recites a spell/prayer over a brooding backdrop.
Look at the adjectives I've used! I've had to use a thesaurus to describe this album. That alone is a reccommendation, words almost failed me. Put simply, this album is "not like other albums". It's bigger, bolder, better and will stand the test of time longer than anything else that could possibly be released this year.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. O'Brien VINE VOICE on 9 Aug. 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
After his under-recognised debut Open Heart Zoo and three years away tussling with "legal problems", alt-metal wunderkind Martin Grech could have been forgiven for edging further towards the rock mainstream. Hell, it revived the fortunes of maverick innovators Cornell, Reznor and Keenan, whose long shadows run right through Grech's work like the words in a stick of Brighton rock.

Sophomore effort Unholy is a long way from radio-friendly unit shifter land, though. Opener Guiltless drops the soaring choral melodies of Open Heart Zoo for a cracked, thirsting whisper which threaten to close in on the listener like a cage. And just when you think you've got the thing pegged as standard gothic angst, in comes a meltingly beautiful, aching love song called Venus, as smooth, lyrical and...well, lubricated as music ever gets. Mr Grech has plainly fallen in love of late, and far from taking him down the road to romantic cliché, raw emotion shows on every song. For every angsty bellow about "prisons of duality" and "heads on a plate", there's lushness and lust so strong and universal it overturns all notions of genre.

This is an unhurried album. For all its strange melodic strength, there are passages which are happy to meander off into swirling atonal soundscapes that at times recall medieval plainsong. I Am Chromosome is old metal mingled with deconstructed Johnny Greenwood-esque experimentation as Grech imagines himself metamorphosing into a tree; elsewhere there are whispered fragments of poetry, spooky voiceovers, choirboys, unearthly screams.

The high point might be Worldly Divine, a sinister 6/8 bear-stomp which recalls the glories of goth pioneers the Banshees, but Unholy sees Martin Grech beginning to take leave of all his influences. Too visceral to be called prog, too tender to be called gothic, too wild for the mainstream, this is the sound of an original talent taking flight.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By B. Shamsuddin on 2 Jan. 2006
Format: Audio CD
it continues to mesmerise me. If you're bored of everything you hear, and long for something with more mystery, depth, anguish, and feeling, then buy this.
This album is something for true music lovers, rather than followers of (musical) fashion. It ought to appeal to those who like Classical, Baroque, Orchestral & Choral Music, as much as those who are into Industrial, Metal, Rock, & Indie. There is no Genre it fits into, the Music on this little cd is Overblown & Understated, Wild & Restrained, it has moment of sheer pomposity as well as breathy minimalism.
The combination of a range of unusual instrumentation, rhythms, timbres, and the unnerving qualities of Grech's voice are combined in an utterly beautiful manner.
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Martin Grech is one of the underrated music artists of our generation. He possesses one of the most powerful voices around and he really pushes the boundries of music, something only a select band of musicians do these days. At times you hear Nine Inch Nails, Radiohead, Jeff Buckley and Deftones. Grech takes all these influences and makes his own unique work. 'Unholy' is as dark as its title makes it out to be and then some. The entire album is full of evil string sections, screams of despair and ominous ambience. It creates imagaery of graveyards, gloomy cathedrals and mental asylums. This is very dark stuff (as someone said music for a descent into personal hell). It's hard to get into at first but once you do its well worth the wait.

Opener 'Guiltless' starts with echoing drums and heavy guitars, before unleashing the most terrifying string section ever heard in music. It shows straight away that this isn't an album of catchy tunes and happy themes as it is pretty much the opposite. A special mention goes to 'Erosion and Regeneration' which is hands down to the creepiest song ever made. Starting off with quiet sad ambience, until Grech begins to speak over the chilling background noise in a distorted manner that could freeze bones and it builds to a swirling sinister climax. 'An End' sounds like Pink Floyd doing an acoustic song as the apocalypse takes place. 'Holy Father Inferior' is a 9 and a half minute epic. The guitars go about there eerie work, strings shimmer and Grech has never sounded more powerful.

'I Am Chromosome' is as heavy as music gets. Its better than 99% of metal out there. Yet it shows Grech's amazing versitility, as one minute the riffs are bashing your skull in and the next its all gentle piano's.
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