CATALOGUE#: SPR 010
FORMAT: CD, jewel, slip-case
RUNNING TIME: 49:20
RELEASE DATE: 15.04.2005
STATUS: in stock
OFFICAIL SITE: http://antisisters.com
01. Saint Sinner
02. Fucked By Angels
03. Kraft Und Energie
04. Grayscale Dreams
08. No Never Again
09. Catch My Falling Star
10. Saint Sinner (Supremus Plastice Mix)
The new album of the Moscow hitmakers is not pretended to something unusual or some kind of sensation. It devotes to the same problems and feelings as before - love on the edge of the death and life, sex on the edge of the madness, the grief of loss and the happy of regainment.
"The main feature of the new work is the idea of unity of that quality that so rarely is presented among people that seems close to you. In three letters is put not the sound of the dance rhythm but…it's difficult to explain the name "UNZ!". It's something that can realize in a whole world just our close friends. This name is certain code and the key to it is available just to a few people that are very close to us. "UNZ" is the consonance in which we put our certain sense that close to word WE and OUR. Unsere Neue Zeitung (Our new time) - this formula began logical point after the album releasing."
I don’t know where you’d place this band but if you take the catchy melodic elements of dance, electro and industrial and put them in the hands of people who have enough guts to ensure an antiseptic experience can be avoided then you have the chance of nicely roughened commercial music with a creepy undertow, and that’s what we have here. It has the seamless flow of House, because the potential cheapness of electro is cast aside by the depth of ideas, but there is grit and salacious wit.
‘Saint Sinner’ is an exquisite opener, keeping everything harmonious but lightly salted, like a serious Army Of Lovers, and ‘Fucked By Angels’ is a deftly handled, roving electro shuffle with seedy guitar woven through it’s soft complexities. The tense ‘Kraft Und Energie’ sees the chillier groove buffeted by guitar and really stoked by a tough rhythm, and various shifts of emphasis bringing the song into life. Unlike the typical European approach to a dance-Industrial fusion, which has a flat one-dimensional appeal, this is a band bursting with creativity.
It manages to be a beautiful record, darkly inviting as well as an opalescent relaxative. ‘Grayscale Dreams’ might be drippy, given Pavel A’s fey vocals, but his confidence wins through, as he drags us unceremoniously across its pattering nature, a truly engaging character. ‘Creation’ is harder and chunkier with a gloopy stomp, showing their harder Industrial edge, then ‘Clay’ manages to create a blustering, bristling pop timebomb which seeps along and then the intoxicating ‘Smiling’ bleeps and winks with a delicious bass rumble and conspiratorial vocals. ‘No Never Again’ darts by on strings and a sense of lightly pounding disquiet and is the closest they get to an average song. ‘Catch My Falling Star’ is a becoming, fizzy twister, and then it’s a clattery, alternative ‘Saint Sinner’ to close and we’re done.
This is a wonderful record, full of bloodshot colours and unexpectedly dignified immediacy in songs which will keep you drooling for more, so if you were thinking of investing your money on plain, plodding electro fare sometimes soon, save your time and look for this instead. If you’re DJ don’t miss it.
After 4 self-released albums the Russian darkwave-electro band Antisisters have finally a chance to show their talent to an audience previously beyond their reach. The opener of Unz!, called Saint Sinner, is already a little masterpiece; a trance sounding beginning is flown together with a fantastic dark voice and catchy tunes which one can’t easily get out of the mind. The following song Fucked by Angels is to me strongly reminiscent of the German band The Escape who also offer this nice kind of melodic goth rock. With the third track Kraft Und Energie, Antisisters are tempted into German lyrics, and this in a quite clear and well-spoken way. The following songs like the ballade Grayscale Dreams, or the cold and scary sounding dance floor-pieces Creation and Clay, which feature mechanical backgrounds, are, like all the other songs, in English. Normally one could name every single song of this album because each of them has something special in its own way and is absolutely fantastic. All in all Antisisters have produced in my eyes a really great work with this 10 song album, everyone who likes deep going and powerful dark wave with goth rock influences shouldn’t miss out on it. Last but not least, the last song is a remix of my favourite piece, Saint Sinner. And that’s not the only reason I would buy this wicked album for sure (if I would not have it already).
Karin Zenzinger (Darklife fanzine, Germany, #10)