"In a Flesh Aquarium" (The End; 2006)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

Prepare for a sonically twisted experience courtesy of the crazy Canucks from Unexpect. Challenging, explosive, operatic, and dangerous (and that's just track one), this seven-piece collective pull off the unthinkable task of comprising a Broadway-show-on-massive-amounts-of-narcotics that is not only cohesive, but jawdroppingly amazing.

Taking parts from Cradle of Filth, the circus, and System of a Down, setting it all on stun and letting the action unfold, "In a Flesh Aquarium" is a dazzling, defiant, and befuddling tapestry of tunes that you need to hear again and again to both fully understand and believe that there is a band capable of creating this kind of aural insanity.

To call Unexpect avant-garde is an insult, as this disc is something every high and mighty music fan needs to hear. It not only breaks the rules, but it redefines them as well.

For more information, check out www.unexpect.com.

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.


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