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I want to start this off by thanking Dead Unicorn for all of their educational efforts.  First, they warned us about the Yellowstone Supervolcano and then they hit us with Global Thermonuclear War, and now we have Pandemic, which hits uncomfortably close to home compared to the other two.  If Dead Unicorn intended to instill a little paranoia with their latest release,  they succeeded and backed it with some super urgent music- one part bass and one part drums, just how we like ’em.  The bass- dirtier than ever, with feedback forcing itself through during any small chance it gets to breathe and spread.  The drums- resonating, hard hitting and laced with the occasional double bass fill.  On “Pandemic,”  Zac and Paul infect the listener by maintaining the strong sense of melody and catchy choruses that flooded their previous 2 releases.   They could not have made a better choice pressing this thing to wax and for a bass ‘n drumz duo, they certainly don’t lack in the high end, either.  Concept albums run the risk of getting stale and pretentious and just poorly done, but Dead Unicorn are 3 albums deep into a 7 album warning and show no signs of neglect while ever-evolving and keeping themselves relevant.  Next up: Alien Invasion.  Be on the lookout for “Pandemic” on tape via Bedside Manner Collective & Station 3 Records.  You can stream it below, but I recommend purchasing the limited edition 12″ from Music For End Times as it translates beautifully to vinyl.


Local Music February: Dead Unicorn

Dead Unicorn may not be local to all y’all standards but their two-piece apocalyptic drones resound here at home even if they are from Kingston, New York- a 1.5 hour trek North.  The duo set out on an ambitious effort to release 7 studio albums focusing on various global disasters in 2005.  Their sophomore endeavor “Global Thermonuclear War” relentlessly strikes the listener with a one-two punch of bass ‘n drums and a fair share of toxic melodies and pestilent lyrics exploring the idea of well…a global thermonuclear war.  Definitely download this if you’re into Death From Above 1979, really good bass tone, Fugazi, Sabbath, and of course, “songs of survival and annihilation.”  Dead Unicorn already have sights on their next album with a theme of biological apocalypse.   Click readmore for the free download link of Global Thermonuclear War and a music video of the track “Last Call.”  In the meantime, sit tight as we try to bring these guys to Jersey.

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