May 30, 2020

The German heavy metal band that is The Unity has rapidly made a quite a name for themselves with their inspirational hard and melodic metal. Pride is now their third album, and shows that the band is not content to rest on its laurels as they continually strive to push the heavy melodic rock boundaries to the limit. Only formed in 2016 by Michael Ehré and Henjo Richter, drummer and guitarist respectively, of the sublime Gamma Ray, they brought in the exceptional Italian singer Gianba Manenti with Stef E (guitar), Jogi Sweers (bass) and Sascha Onnen (keyboards) all of whom had previously recorded with Ehré in earlier times. They hit the ground running with their superb self-titled debut and immediately showed that they were a force to be reckoned with, delivering their German metal that was infused with a British influence including Black Sabbath, Whitesnake and, of course, Judas Priest – but all distilled down to make their own unique sound.

The limited boxed edition

They rapidly followed this up with Rise in 2018 which was a perfect follow on and now we come to their third album which, again, just shows how vital and vibrant they are.It also helps that they have kept the same team throughout, which allows for continuity and development in songwriting and production techniques. Manenti again shines with his immense vocals, which are so powerful and with that slight hint of gravel that introduces the right amount of grittiness into the proceedings. Then there is the guitar prowess of Stef E and Henjo Richter, and what a team they make with their totally together twin guitar runs – and then they trade lick for lick in a way that simply thrills. Pride is a metal album on an epic scale and there are all the usual hooks and huge choruses that we have come to love; the band takes you to the edge but stays just on the right side and doesn’t take the over the top approach seen in most power metal bands.

Pride is another energetic album from a band that has become so vital, and their name is now a guarantee for excellent heavy rock where standards are always channelled higher and higher. There are so many amazing German metal bands around at the moment and this German/Italian hybrid is already at the top table with the likes of Accept, Helloween, Edguy, Bonfire, Brainstorm etc. Pride features golden vocals, huge guitar, amazing songs and first class anthemic melodic metal – the first two albums were exceptional but The Unity have done the seemingly impossible and improved on perfection. The album comes with a second CD that features a further five tracks for just under 30 minutes. Four of the tracks are live versions of songs that featured on their first two albums plus there is a new song in Nowhereland.  Sadly, the record company did not make the second CD available for review so no comment can be made on this disc. There is also a deluxe box edition containing scarf, patch, poster and all sorts of similar goodies, which is limited to only 250 copies.

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