That future comes to life – or post-life, more accurately – on the driving, haunting album opener, "Post Life Society," which features singer Tim Beck painting a world where the night is eternal and the demons have taken over. Anchored by Mark T. Zeilman's rumbling bass line and embellished by Pj Perez's atmospheric guitar textures, "Post Life Society" hints at things to come, but before straying too far, the album's second track, "Someday," brings listeners back to the present (and back to life) with the band's classic fusion of drum-and-bass grooves and jolting guitars.
For a surprisingly packed 38 minutes, "Unknown" plays out like a live AYU set, with a mixture of old audience favorites such as the punk-rock energized "My Reality" and metallic drudge of "Shots Fired," as well as new songs exploring different directions, such as the melancholic pop rock of "Wasted Time" and the epic balladry of the nearly-six-minute centerpiece, "Bad Blood."
Recorded over the last two years in multiple studios while weathering several personnel changes, "Unknown" captures the raw feel of a band for which the only thing that matters is making kick-ass music, no matter what obstacles stand in the way. That's what Beck, Zeilman and Perez want listeners to take away from the album: Don't fear the unknown – tackle it head-on.
"Unknown" will be available for purchase and digital download at major online music retailers Nov. 8, including iTunes, Amazon and MySpace, as well as directly from the band's website at http://www.asyetunbrokenmusic.com.