Unto Others: Strength-2021.

Unto Others:Heavy Gothic Metal from United States.

The time has come for you to get to know Unto Others, the band formerly known as Idle Hands who are set to reinvent the goth-metal sound with their new album, Strength.

The group formed in 2017 in Portland, Oregon, out of the ashes of traditional metal band Spellcaster. Carrying over some of those classic heavy metal elements, singer and guitarist Gabriel Franco sought to pursue an entirely fresh sound, or at least what he perceived to be as a brand new direction in metal.

As we found out in our interview with the frontman, Franco was mostly unaware of the pre-existing goth rock acts, save for Sisters of Mercy, when starting up Idle Hands, who released their Mana debut in 2019 and changed their name to Unto Others in September of last year due to a trademark issue, which also coincided with the band signing a new record deal with Roadrunner Records.

Throughout the decades, the realm of goth-metal wasn’t defined by one overarching sound, a quality that feels rather strict in countless metal subgenres. This affords any band who dares tangle with these dark, atmospheric overtones a wide-ranging creative license, one Unto Others have clearly seized on Strength, due Sept. 24.

Discography:

Don’t Waste Your TimeEP2021
Give Me to the NightSingle2021 
A Single Solemn RoseSingle2021 
Dragon, Why Do You Cry?Single2021 
ManaFull-length2021
Don’t Waste Your Time IIEP2021
When Will Gods Work Be DoneSingle2021 
StrengthFull-length2021
Gabe Franco
Guitars, Vocals (2020-present)
See also: ex-Seventh Gate, ex-Spellcaster, ex-Idle Hands, ex-Silver Talon
Brandon Hill
Bass (2020-present)
See also: ex-Vault Dweller, ex-Idle Hands, ex-Mania, ex-Lucifer’s Child
Colin Vranizan
Drums (2020-present)
See also: ex-Spellcaster, ex-Idle Hands, ex-Silver Talon
Sebastian Silva
Guitars (2020-present)
See also: Cobra SpellSilver Talon, ex-Maniak, ex-Spellcaster, ex-Idle Hands, Lucifer’s Child, ex-Alpha Viper, ex-Arachnid, ex-Excruciator, ex-Leathürbitch, ex-Raptor, ex-Coffin Rot (live)
Songs
1.Heroin03:41 
2.Downtown03:14  Show lyrics
3.When Will Gods Work Be Done04:06  Show lyrics
4.No Children Laughing Now03:43  Show lyrics
5.Destiny03:41 
6.Little Bird03:52 
7.Why02:45 
8.Just a Matter of Time03:55 
9.Hell is for Children (Pat Benatar cover)04:53  Show lyrics
10.Summer Lightning04:44 
11.Instinct03:43 
12.Strength03:59 
 46:16 

1 Comment

  1. kluseba, September 24th, 2021
    Written based on this version: 2021, CD, Roadrunner Records
    Portland’s gothic metal quartet Unto Others has gone through numerous challenges in the past few years. Guitarist Sebastian Silva had some issues with immigration papers, the band had to cancel its recent concerts and tours and it was forced to change its name from Idle Hands to Unto Others due to copyright issues. On the positive side, the band was signed by Roadrunner Records, released three successful singles and has planned new concerts and tours for the near future. As for the band’s record Strength, it picks up right where strong predecessor Mana left us and aims to conquer the gothic metal throne.

    Let me however point out three major differences between the sophomore effort and the impressive debut album. First of all, the band’s heavier tunes sound much more aggressive on this output. The crushing opener ”Heroin” for instance impresses with fast thrash metal riffs, pitiless blast beats, angry bumble bee bass guitar sounds and versatile vocals including growls and howls. Another perfect example is lead single ”When Will God’s Work Be Done” that starts as a lazy and melancholic gothic metal tune with longing guitar tones, steady bass guitar sounds, simple drum patterns and gloomy vocals before the song’s conclusion quickens up the pace with fierce guitar riffs, fast bass guitar patterns, progressively faster drum sections and unchained screams.

    On the other side, the band’s mellower songs have become even more melodic, catchy and accessible. The dreamy, harmonious and memorable ”Destiny” mixes pop sounds of the eighties with an occult tone that wouldn’t sound of place on a record by The 69 Eyes. The quartet pushes things even further when covering Pat Benatar’s ”Hell Is for Children” as if it were the band’s own song. The catchy vocals from the original remain and are intertwined with gritty yet melodic instrumental work that make for one of the greatest cover songs in recent memory.

    Another difference between Strength and Mana is that the new album needs some more time to open up. This is due to more courageous, experimental and progressive songwriting. Numerous songs have shifts in atmosphere and heaviness, evolving from smooth gothic rock tracks to pitiless thrash metal tunes and back again. These changes however make more sense with every spin and are very rewarding for patient listeners. Just as the predecessor, Strength includes multiple songs that represent some of the best gothic metal tracks in recent memory that have the potential to become genre classics if the band gets some more attention with the help of its label and can push things forward with upcoming concerts and tours.

    At the end of the day, Strength keeps all the qualities from successful debut Mana such as melancholic atmosphere, emotional lyrical themes and melodic musicianship. The sophomore effort however isn’t a copy of the successful formula and pushes boundaries with more progressive songwriting, danceable pop influences in the key of Sisters of Mercy and unchained thrash metal eruptions recalling veterans such as Metallica. The record needs a few spins to open up but will leave a lasting impression on patient listeners. The final verdict is that Unto Others are currently the greatest gothic metal band to be around and that Strength is album of the year material for genre fans. Recent interviews indicate that the band has ambitious plans for upcoming concerts and a third record. I will gladly continue to support the band while letting Strength grow on me as the perfect soundtrack for this autumn and winter.

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