Unifier - Colorado (2013)

Unifier is a four-piece alternative/rock band from Greensboro, North Carolina. You may not know of them by this name, but you may recognize them if I tell you that they used to go by Future Ghosts. However, after being hit with a cease and desist letter from an Illinois-native group by the same name, they were forced to change their moniker to Unifier about a month ago. As you can imagine, they were shocked and disappointed, but they didn't cause much of a fuss at all; they went about it very professionally. Not only is their demeanor a very professional one, but so to is the sound heard on their new album entitled Colorado, which is being released via Autumn + Colour Records and Round Kid Records.

Colorado gets off to a quick and solid start with "Crush", which gives you a taste of what's to come on the rest of the release: catchy choruses and hooks, solid instrumentals, and an overall uplifting vibe. The next song, the previously released "Traps", takes things up a notch with an even catchier chorus. It doesn't stop there, though. Unifier continues to impress throughout Colorado as there are several more notable tracks.

Considering Colorado's 44-minute playtime, Unifier did an exceptional job at keeping my full attention for the entire time. There isn't one skipworthy track on the entire album and, as I mentioned before, there are several very strong tracks. In addition to "Crush" and "Traps," "Halos," "Shame" and "Shadows" really caught my attention. All three of these tracks are packed full of variety, catchy lyrics and vocals and excellent - yet fairly simple - instrumentation. Sometimes these tracks sound similar to Yellowcard or Jimmy Eat World, while at other points, they're very similar to The Dangerous Summer. Actually, the same could be said for most of the songs on the album, and every one of them has at least something worth noting.

For the most part, everything about Colorado impressed me greatly. The only thing that failed to do so was the production quality. At times, certain things sounded slightly hollow, most notably the drumming. Aside from that minor flaw, though, Unifier has put together a very strong release in Colorado that has a high replay value. No matter how many times I listen to the album or a particular song, I like it as much as I did the time before, sometimes even more. With that being said, if you like any of the bands that I've mentioned in this review, you will definitely like this release as well. Check it out when it officially releases on February 12th!

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By Steven Pongrac ~ Me Gusta Reviews



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