Release date: 31 May 2011
Style: Extreme avantgarde metal

Rating:

8.3 | 254 votes

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01. Unsolved Ideas Of A Distorted Guest
02. Words
03. Orange Vigilantes
04. Mechanical Phoenix
05. The Quantum Symphony
06. Unfed Pendulum
07. In The Mind Of The Last Whale
08. Silence This Parasite
09. A Fading Stance
10. When The Joyful Dead Are Dancing
11. Until Yet A Few More Deaths Do Us Part

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Staff review by
Demonic Tutor

Rating:
8.3
The Montreal-based asylum known as Unexpect broke a 5-year silence after with their new opus Fables From The Sleepless Empire. And the least I can say is that it is a demanding listen. Absolutely insane actually! This is the toughest review I had to write seeing that there is more music to be found on the opening track than on most albums. If any musical label can be applied to these guys, only extreme avant-garde metal would do them somewhat justice. And this is just a snooty way to say I have no clue.

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published 12.11.2011 | Comments (16)

Guest review by
chaosscizzors

Rating:
7.6
It seems like more often than not whenever the band Unexpect is brought up or I share a song from the band that I always seem to get a lot of the same responses; "It's too random and disjointed" or, since we're on the internet, a blatant "THAT WAS SHIT". For quite a while now I haven't been able to wrap my head around why Unexpect would be seen so negatively by metalheads. I remember one person saying something to the effect of "metal written by insane asylum patients" and my immediate thought is "well that sounds pretty damn metal."

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published 14.02.2013 | Comments (4)

Staff pick by
Fat & Sassy!

06.06.2011 Shit got crazy, and I got scared.

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Being and Time - 24.06.2011 at 18:22  
 
Written by imspazzen on 23.06.2011 at 03:11

I found this to be a lot less demanding of the listener than there past albums. I felt like I could just sit back and listen without having to concentrate on what's going on the whole time

Great point. While it is still a divisive sort of sound (a little too indulgent for some people), it is far more accessible and interesting than their previous effort. It's still a hodge-podge of everything under the sun when you first listen to it, but eventually it does become clearer after multiple listens imo.
dougver1 - 01.07.2011 at 22:11  
Rating: 8 Woah man.... I've never listened to Unexpect before this album, but holy hell, was this a treat. Insane and progressive, obviously very technical, but it's still just so much fun to listen to.
Paradox0 - 02.07.2011 at 02:16  
Rating: 10 .....wow. Usually I'll post my feelings on an album within the first two listens but this...... a whole wopping month before I felt I could at least become familiar with the album, and I've yet to gain a sense of my own confidence in actually remembering anything. I actually found this to be one of the most demanding albums I've listened to, with my first listen going so over my head I almost lost interest, but I knew I would over time gain an appreciation of the album, there was just too much going on for me to just give up with my arms in the air. Its hard for me to say whether or not this is better than "Flesh Aquarium" considering that just might be my favorite album. I think what impresses me more is the almost completely different approach to the last album this is. At first it doesn't seem as wacky but when you consider that every 10-30 seconds is probably something you've never really heard used much in music is an impressive feat in that. Seriously I could probably go on a absoluteness epic and massive review on why I'm growing to love this album more and more.
MechanisT - 05.07.2011 at 20:49  
 
Written by Paradox0 on 02.07.2011 at 02:16

Seriously I could probably go on a absoluteness epic and massive review on why I'm growing to love this album more and more.


In which case, I await your review.
Paradox0 - 06.07.2011 at 01:19  
Rating: 10
Written by MechanisT on 05.07.2011 at 20:49

Written by Paradox0 on 02.07.2011 at 02:16

Seriously I could probably go on a absoluteness epic and massive review on why I'm growing to love this album more and more.


In which case, I await your review.


Yeah its been awile since I've written one, but when I say absolutely epic I mean far beyond the word limits of MS reviews. I feel like just about every song deserves at least its own paragraph. 'm still a little curious how we haven't gotten a review yet from the staff.
MechanisT - 06.07.2011 at 01:22  
 
Written by Paradox0 on 06.07.2011 at 01:19

Written by MechanisT on 05.07.2011 at 20:49

Written by Paradox0 on 02.07.2011 at 02:16

Seriously I could probably go on a absoluteness epic and massive review on why I'm growing to love this album more and more.


In which case, I await your review.


Yeah its been awile since I've written one, but when I say absolutely epic I mean far beyond the word limits of MS reviews. I feel like just about every song deserves at least its own paragraph. 'm still a little curious how we haven't gotten a review yet from the staff.


You may have to trim down your word limit, but by the looks of it, your review's going to pretty much how I feel about the album. Go for it, regardless. Staff review or guest review, it is in dire need of a positive review.
Kenos - 29.08.2011 at 12:39  
  I'm probably one of the few morons who really aren't able to appreciate this band.
At first I didn't want to listen to this album because I hated their debut "In A Flesh Aquarium", so knowing exactly what to expect from them (despite their name..) another album would have been a waste of time. Then a friend of mine and some other people told me that this new fantastic album is way better than its predecessor because it's more coherent and something like that, suggesting me to give this band another chance.

Well, guess what... I've managed to listen to the first half, and stopped there. Same chaotic mess, same crushing headache at the end of each song. There are some good moments here and there, but they're totally drowned in this sea of annoying nonsense... Unexpect probably represents everything I hate about "avantgarde metal".
Being and Time - 01.09.2011 at 01:01  
 
Written by Guest on 29.08.2011 at 12:39

I'm probably one of the few morons who really aren't able to appreciate this band.
At first I didn't want to listen to this album because I hated their debut "In A Flesh Aquarium", so knowing exactly what to expect from them (despite their name..) another album would have been a waste of time. Then a friend of mine and some other people told me that this new fantastic album is way better than its predecessor because it's more coherent and something like that, suggesting me to give this band another chance.

Well, guess what... I've managed to listen to the first half, and stopped there. Same chaotic mess, same crushing headache at the end of each song. There are some good moments here and there, but they're totally drowned in this sea of annoying nonsense... Unexpect probably represents everything I hate about "avantgarde metal".

Fair enough. They are really self-indulgent, and like you, I didn't particularly enjoy "In a Flesh Aquarium." I must say that if you give the album a month, things will hopefully settle and you might be able to appreciate some of the songs on the album. I don't think anyone could really follow this album from a couple of listens-- you need LOTS of time in order to comprehend what they're doing here. They're doing some good things that I haven't seen in avant-garde metal yet. But yeah, this album isn't for everyone.
tuerda - 23.09.2011 at 08:11  
  Unexpect continue to take the idea of "avant garde" and push it further than anyone else. This album feels less experimental than the previous one though: Its like after the stage of trying stuff out to see what happens, they are now at the stage of putting it together and making a mature(?) piece of music out of it. It is still total chaos, though. I found this record very satisfying.
PocketMetal - 17.10.2011 at 22:12  
Rating: 10 Album of the year . without a doubt.
Asunder - 28.10.2011 at 00:35  
 
Written by Guest on 29.08.2011 at 12:39

I'm probably one of the few morons who really aren't able to appreciate this band.
At first I didn't want to listen to this album because I hated their debut "In A Flesh Aquarium", so knowing exactly what to expect from them (despite their name..) another album would have been a waste of time. Then a friend of mine and some other people told me that this new fantastic album is way better than its predecessor because it's more coherent and something like that, suggesting me to give this band another chance.

Well, guess what... I've managed to listen to the first half, and stopped there. Same chaotic mess, same crushing headache at the end of each song. There are some good moments here and there, but they're totally drowned in this sea of annoying nonsense... Unexpect probably represents everything I hate about "avantgarde metal".

Your brain can only process one thing at a time; it takes many listens to this type of music to begin to appreciate it, especially with a band that makes music so complex. The more going on the more listens it should take to be able to enjoy it all together, cohesively.
Troy Killjoy - 28.10.2011 at 00:44  
 
Written by Asunder on 28.10.2011 at 00:35
Your brain can only process one thing at a time

What a terrible assumption. Not everyone who dislikes this kind of music is unable to handle the "complexity" or has trouble processing more than one thing in their mind simultaneously.

People like me happen to think it's just sloppy noise. I can sit and listen and pick apart each piece and analyze it as a whole and every aspect individually and I still just stare blankly into space thinking "how can you like this without being a complete douchebag" and then I come back to Earth and realize people have different tastes in music. It's not always about our musical IQ.
malaikat - 30.10.2011 at 15:18  
 
Written by Troy Killjoy on 28.10.2011 at 00:44

Written by Asunder on 28.10.2011 at 00:35
Your brain can only process one thing at a time

What a terrible assumption. Not everyone who dislikes this kind of music is unable to handle the "complexity" or has trouble processing more than one thing in their mind simultaneously.

People like me happen to think it's just sloppy noise. I can sit and listen and pick apart each piece and analyze it as a whole and every aspect individually and I still just stare blankly into space thinking "how can you like this without being a complete douchebag" and then I come back to Earth and realize people have different tastes in music. It's not always about our musical IQ.


I think he ment "your brain" as in "human brain", the human mind in general.
He has the point imho. When you, for instance, listen to an album like this you can't really focus on it during the first listen because it has like 897234 things going on. After a few spins, when you familiarize yourself with the songs a little more, things start falling in their place, and then can you deduce whether it's good or bad.
For me, this album rocks, but I "figured" that out only after 10 or so spins. On the other hand, "In a Flesh Aquarium" isn't all that good to my ears (it's rather bad) even after multiple listens for over a month.

Bottom line, some albums just require a little more time. It's not an ellitistic statement, it's the fact, some albums just offer something you never heard before (or heard rarely).
Simply put, some people like "the challenge" of a new album, some just want things that are familiar to them. That doesn't mean that one of them has better taste in music than the other and higher "musical IQ", like you said. It's like saying that people who play point&click adventures are universally smarter than the people who play FPS games.
Troy Killjoy - 30.10.2011 at 18:27  
 
Written by malaikat on 30.10.2011 at 15:18
explanation

Fair enough. I assumed he was assuming and that never ends with anyone assuming correctly.
Asunder - 04.11.2011 at 00:10  
  It's fact, brain only process one thing at time.

I was just saying, more complex music is harder to get into, because you can't take in everything happening at once. Once you hear it a few times and get used to the bass, or drums, you can then focus more on the guitars, or vocals, until eventually you understand all the pieces individually and can put them all together at once. You still only process one at a time, but it happens so fast it may seem as though you can actually comprehend 5 different things at once.
NocturnalStalker - 20.11.2011 at 17:25  
Rating: 9 Upon the initial listen I got an impression that this album was more "tame" than the previous works, which made the process of listening to it less enjoyable for me than, say, the process of listening to "In a Flesh Aquarium". But now I can say that this album is also quite wild and with that healthy dose of insanity that makes those restless brains (one of which yours truly just happen to own, or is it vice versa? ) have a kind of an orgasm. While my humble self still values this masterpiece a bit less than its predecessor, I still find it enjoyable enough to take with me on my trip to Hell, or wherever I shall go to, when my soul leaves my flesh (if it will leave it, that is).
Well... I know that I'm not making any sense but it's actually this album's fault. It makes my brain unable to process the thoughts straight.
The Benighted - 16.01.2012 at 07:32  
Rating: 10 After taking a good long time to process all of the music from this year, this is certainly one of the best. Top 5 for me, at least. What a tremendous amount of evolution they've shown since 'In A Flesh Aquarium', which in itself was a pretty solid album. Don't know how they'll ever top this.
yumishami - 08.04.2012 at 02:07  
Rating: 4
Quote:
Well, guess what... I've managed to listen to the first half, and stopped there. Same chaotic mess, same crushing headache at the end of each song. There are some good moments here and there, but they're totally drowned in this sea of annoying nonsense... Unexpect probably represents everything I hate about "avantgarde metal".

same shit happened with me too,Definitely not my stuff...actually i was so confused after listening to first half ,took me 3 tries to spell "shit" correctly...
Unhealer - 17.12.2012 at 23:56  
Rating: 10 Upon checking my old lists for a moment I thought "Did I really pick these weirdos as my favorite album of 2011?". And so today I wanted to give a spin to the record and oh yes, this is fucking fantastic.
mz - 27.07.2013 at 22:21  
Rating: 9 Revisiting this album and it gets funnier and better with each spin . I really like how ridiculously chaotic the music is and hope that they release another album in the near future
Zaphod - 13.12.2013 at 18:02  
Rating: 7
Written by Troy Killjoy on 30.10.2011 at 18:27

Fair enough. I assumed he was assuming and that never ends with anyone assuming correctly.

To assume is just to make an ass out of you and me anyways.
On a different note, I've had this album a while, and I was never sure whether I loved it or thought it was terrible. It just clicked. Loving this.

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