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UNiXX

7 Deadly Sins

HKD 128.00


Label: Lona Records (Hong Kong)
Genres: Chinese Indie
Released Date: 10/02/2010
Condition: New
UPC: lounixxcd0002
Format: CD

     
Description
Form in 2001, UNiXX’s member went through a few changes but the leader of the band Sean Yung is the core of the band. Today, the band consists of Sean, vocal and guitar, Ed, guitar, Steven, bass, and Tat, drums.

The result of 6 years of development, the new album from UNiXX went through change of members and even lost of master recording in the early years. UNiXX’s first album Nasty Fantasy was released in 2004 to a tremendous critical acclaim and a build-up of a solid fan base. Based on the first album and their live per-formances, UNiXX quickly acquired a reputation as the darkest rock band in Hong Kong.

As the line up became stable, the second album is finally completed to everyone’s satisfaction. In 7 Deadly Sins, the audience is shown a even darker and more explosive UNiXX that is like an angry man unleashed. The lyrics show the band in a more critical view of the world around us. Musically, the band is like a cut-loose titan reminding us of The Smashing Pumpkins unrestrained, or The Cure with only the anger. The album progresses through emotional ups and downs in high energy alternative rock, while the title song “7 Deadly Sins” punctures the heavy mood of the songs with the most reflective tune in the album. The songs “Wasted” and “Perfect Betrayer” were previously issued nearly five years ago, but find a new breath in the new album. “Shut It”, normally the band’s opening song for a show, would certainly leave you screaming in agreement, in the most political song of the album. Notably, Alok@A Roller Control remixed the track “Black Shadow”, off the first album, with a disco punk kick to finish 7 Deadly Sins, the most exciting album of 2010, and it’s only January.

作為前英國殖民地的香港,其文化受到了前宗主國的影響,因而成就了許多英倫曲風的樂隊。UNiXX是一支香港獨立樂隊,也是當地英倫搖滾樂隊的表表者。組成於2001年的他們,以英倫/另類搖滾的旗號,在香港獨立樂圈蘊釀了一群熱愛英倫風的樂迷;在經過反複的錄音工作和現場演唱經驗之後,他們於2004年出版了其首張錄音室唱片-《Nasty Fantasy》。貫徹著主唱Sean所言的簡約和純粹,《Nasty Fantasy》毫不掩飾他們的自我沈溺,甚至在歌詞中道出成員間的頹靡與厭世觀,誘發出一種直接的黑暗張力。 從2004年到2009年間,樂隊經過多番的人事更替,現任成員包括有主唱和吉他手Sean,吉他手Ed ,貝斯手Steven與鼓手Tatsu。樂隊第二張專輯《7 Deadly Sins》,經過五年的沈澱,UNiXX的音樂不再限於英倫搖滾,而更強調多元組合,包括另類搖滾、蹬鞋搖滾、氛圍電音和後朋克等另類搖滾,帶來一種包含各種可能性的曲風。

UNiXX這支搖滾樂隊,一直是本地英倫搖滾樂的翹楚。前身Nameless,經過多番人事變更,後在2001年重組成為UNiXX,並於2004年推出了首張專輯《Nasty Fantasy》。《Nasty Fantasy》將UNiXX的英倫遺風完全呈現了出來。由主唱的中性化聲線,簡潔的編曲手法,到氛圍上的黑暗深邃,使《Nasty Fantasy》成為本地英倫搖滾樂的一張經典作品。

睽違五年,再經過幾次的成員更替,UNiXX終於在本年度推出了第二隻專輯《7 Deadly Sins》。唱片明顯比《Nasty Fantasy》的編曲複雜。如果說上一作是靠攏英倫搖滾的風格,這張則明顯是走向Shoegaze、Noise和Post-punk的新時代曲風。

先行曲目〈Wasted〉開首先混進了不少電子琴鍵和合成效果,其結他也不再是由簡單的和弦刷扣組成,雙結他手令曲目的層次變得厚實。其突發的結他音牆,亦滲入了不少Noise rock的風格。

〈Love is Only For The Stranger〉前段的鼓點,讓人不禁想起The Cure早期的音樂;到後段結他倏地緊湊起來,加上主唱內省的聲線,不斷重複唸唱同一段落,使曲目散發出一陣濃濃的藥香味。

〈Perfect Betrayer〉這支曲目是比較跳脫的作品。曲目運用了許多的合成器,結他的獨奏部分也比其他的曲目為多。然而主唱的唱腔卻沒有之前兩首的壓抑,類似於上張唱片的妖氣,算是比較貼近傳統英倫樂的作品。

整張專輯裡面,最討筆者喜的一定是〈Dead Man Walking〉。澎湃的結他音牆,帶動着整支曲目的情緒;雙結他的交織,使氣氛一次又一次地泛高疊起。

點題作〈7 Deadly Sins〉是一首Ambient作品,仿彿是上一作〈Always〉的延續。〈Burnout〉則令人耳目一新,從來沒想到UNiXX可以這樣地Shoegaze。〈Vanish〉則回復常態,一股糜爛頹廢的氣息,仿彿是我們以前認識的那支UNiXX。

置於最後一曲的〈Black Shadow〉是本地電音單位Alok的remix版本。本來是《Nasty Fantasy》的曲目,經Alok操刀重製後,邪氣有增無減;遠想不到,UNiXX 的曲目竟然也可以放諸於舞池之上。

 
Link
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Track List
DISC 1 
  01Wasted
  02Love Is Only For The Strangers
  03Perfect Betrayer
  04Dead Man Walking
  057 Deadly Sins
  06Diminishing Memories
  07Burnout
  08Shut It
  09Vanish
  10Black Shadow (Remix 2 by Alok @ A Roller Control)
 
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