As I sit here typing these words, listening once again to Unseen Faith’s debut album Waver, I’m struck by just how truly passionate and engaging the band’s performance is. This comes across strongly in the vocals, of course, but it’s more than just the singer’s caustic shouts and growls; this passionate energy seems to infect every pore of the band’s delivery.
As you can see from my linked review of the album, I enjoyed it a lot, (it wouldn’t have gotten reviewed otherwise), but I must say that Waver is more of a grower than I first realised. The more I listen to it the better it gets, which is always something I ideally look for in a release.
So, sit back, listen to the embedded Bandcamp player at the bottom of the page, and have a read of the below to find out a bit more about what makes Unseen Faith as passionate as they are. Don’t get too comfortable though, as there’s some huge grooves and crushing beats to be had on Waver that are almost guaranteed to get you moving…
For those who are unfamiliar with your band – introduce yourself!
Hello there! We are Unseen Faith from Denmark. The average age for the band members are 26 years old but we have been around for 8 years. We have a few EPs and some single releases from the past, but now we feel its time to release our debut album Waver. It will be out August 25th this year.
Give us a bit of background to Unseen Faith
Some of us met on a boarding school, others joined later. We wanted to create something that meant something! We found our heroes in bands that where dressed in black and got tattoos, and so it began.
What are your influences?
I guess each members has their own heroes but some of the bands we always talk about are Chelsea Grin, Northlane and All Shall Perish.
What are you listening to at the moment that you would like to recommend?
Lately I have been listening a lot to our labelmates Cabal. I’m super excited for their upcoming debut album. Their guitar player produced our album so when we were in the studio we got to hear some of the materials and it is sick man!
How do you feel that you fit into the wider extreme metal scene?
I honestly don’t know. We are still an upcoming band but with all the attention we have gotten the last years I think we will do alright. But for some people the deathcore genre is a major turn off and for others it’s the only thing they listen to!
Give us a bit of background to Waver – any particular concepts or ideas you want to discuss?
The new album Waver is something very special. It is dark and brutal, but it also has some beautiful and magnificent passages. Our lyrics derives from our own reflections about believing in a God. Being a believer isn’t something you hear every day in today’s society in Scandinavia, but our impression is that there are nevertheless many who are dealing with similar thoughts and wondering if there is something bigger than you and me. The lyrics reflect a longing for answers, but also a deep frustration that God seems absent in today’s society and in our lives and so the doubt arises. We try to give the listener an open window to look through into our lives. We also try to write the lyrics so that listener is able to recognise what we are singing about, no matter what you believe or don’t believe in.
How would you compare Waver to your earlier work?
This album is definitely a new step for us. The music and songwriting has improved and the production is so much better! It’s darker and more atmospheric.
If someone asked you to convince them to listen to your music, what would you say?
“If you like heavy stuff, go give it a try”…Something like that I think.
When it comes to all of the various things that go into making a band – songs, artwork, history, lyrics, image, etc. – what do you think are the most important?
We are all in this band because we love to play and create music. But building a band is the same as building a business with a strong brand. In the end, it requires a bunch of other skills to be in a band than to write new music. But without the good songs and passions for music, there will be no substance!
How do you go about writing your songs?
The biggest part of writing is done by our drummer Klaus and our lead singer Alexander. Their brilliant and creative ways to building beats and riffs is the foundation for the songs and arrangements before the rest of us get involved.
How did the recording process go?
It went well. We had spent a long time preparing so we knew what we wanted. Our lead singer got sick though so we needed to change the schedule for his recordings. Our producer Chris Creutzfeldt is a great guy, professional and full of good advice and creative ideas.
What’s your favourite song on the album and why?
It’s difficult to choose one song! I think that every song has something special to offer! Dystopia will probably be a good bet, ’cause the song is very listenable and it has a catchy chorus. But if it’s a listener who wants a darker universe, we’d probably recommend Lost World or Friend of the Devil, but you’ll have to wait until the album is released to hear those songs.
Tell us about the album artwork
We are very happy that we could work together with our good friend Kim from Heartmatter Artworks again. He’s also the lead singer of Møl and Roselyn. He is the talented guy who made the artwork for Yokebreaker too. Like the Yokebreaker artwork, Waver is built up around the idea of waves. Most of our lyrics are written with a Christian viewpoint. We are believers despite the fact that we can not prove it scientifically or feel it physically. But that’s what is essential when you believe in something; That you trust something without being able to prove it. But it’s also hard to have a faith. When you’re looking for rational answers to the great questions of existence, and the answers are not necessarily as clear as one had hoped, you will be filled with doubt. At least we do. That is what our new album Waver is about. Seeking purpose, asking questions and struggling with doubt is something we think many people are going through. Therefore we see this album as actual and important these days no matter the conviction of the listener.
What does the future hold for Unseen Faith?
We want to storm ahead and see the world. We all have a big motivation to go out and play concerts and meet new people and it is important for us. If this band takes us around the world, we’re ready! The competition is tough though, both between Danish and foreign bands, but we will do our best to become the band that people want to see live!
Any final words?
Go check out our management Prime Collective!