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The Unseen: State Of DiscontentState Of Discontent (2005)
Hellcat Records

Reviewer Rating: 5
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Every once in a while, a punk album is released with so much energy, intensity and passion that it reminds the listener why he or she was drawn to punk in the first place. The music can serve to re-ignite a spark in the listener that brings back old feelings of anger, rebellion and community and mak.
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Every once in a while, a punk album is released with so much energy, intensity and passion that it reminds the listener why he or she was drawn to punk in the first place. The music can serve to re-ignite a spark in the listener that brings back old feelings of anger, rebellion and community and make them feel new again. State Of Discontent is that kind of album.

The Unseen have slowly garnered popularity in the punk scene over the past decade, releasing a slew of great hardcore punk albums. SOD, their first for Hellcat Records, takes the best of those releases and refines the sound to create a masterpiece of bristling street punk. From the moment the soft opening vocals of "On The Other Side" fade away and the music bursts forward into a galloping punk beat, you can tell that this will be one hell of an album.

And it is. Over the next 13 tracks, State Of Discontent defines the word "relentless" by never letting the intensity drop for a second. This album, more than any I've heard in recent memory, embodies the energy and excitement of a live punk show. By the time the record is over, you feel exhausted, but energized at the same time. The Unseen capture the spirit of hardcore / street punk without crossing the line into the genre's clichés.

For a genre that usually sounds all the same, State Of Discontent offers a surprising amount of musical and lyrical diversity. Bush-era politics get a thorough bashing on "Weapons Of Mass Deception" and the excellent "Force-Fed," while "On The Other Side" deals with teen suicide. "Scream Out" and "We Are All That We Have" are touching tributes to the power of music to change lives. And of course, a hardcore punk album wouldn't be complete without a good old-fashioned "fuck you" anthem, and the Unseen deliver in great form with "Waste Of Time," which is enough to get the blood boiling with one listen.

They save the best for (next to) last however, with "Final Execution," which is not only the Unseen's best song to date, but one of the finest punk songs to come along in years, in this reviewer's opinion. With an awesome opening riff, unbelievably catchy chorus and build-up to a fist-pumping finale, "Final Execution" perfectly embodies everything a great punk song should be. It's followed by a cover of the Rolling Stones' "Paint It Black." If that seems like an odd choice, it isn't. The song is a jaded and bitter observation of life and the world, which fits in perfect with the tone of this album.

This review has gone on way too fucking long at this point, so I'll cap it off by saying this: The Unseen have always been an amazing band, but with State Of Discontent, they establish themselves firmly as one of the best bands in punk today. They have crafted a hardcore masterpiece that can easily hold its own next to classics like Minor Threat, Black Flag or the Germs. If punk is dead, this may be the album to revive it.

 

 
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Operation Ivy - Operation IvyBlack Flag - DamagedRise Against - The Sufferer & the WitnessRancid - ... And Out Come The WolvesThe Unseen - The Anger and the TruthThe Clash - The ClashThe Unseen - ExplodeBlack Flag - Nervous BreakdownBad Religion - New Maps of HellRancid - Rancid (1993)

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jimmyjjackamoose (June 12, 2007)

now i listened to a couple 30 second samples and these guys sounded alot like anti-flag. TELL ME ITS NOT TRUE!?!??!

jt (January 28, 2007)

great album, but some of the songs sound similar and some of the lyrics are repetitive aswell

Anonymous (November 11, 2006)

Great album! Not their best work but pretty damn good. Buy This CD

dev (June 1, 2006)

"This record is really great. The nearest comparison I could give you is probably AFI, but in what I would consider their best "era." (That is, the 1996-1997 where they brought you Very Proud of Ya and Shut Your Mouth...)

Don't get me wrong, it's not a clone or anything, but if you liked those albums, you'll probably like this."

Funny. I'm on pandora.com right now and I decided to try an AFI radio station. First song they played: The Devil Loves you from "Shut Your Mouth and Open Your Eyes". The next song? Waste of Time from The Unseen's "State of Discontent".

In other words, good call Aubin.

Anonymous (May 20, 2006)

i loved this album when i first got it. it was the onlymaterial by the unseen i had ever heard. but when i got "the anger and the truth", i threw this piece of shit out the fucking window.

NotDead (February 16, 2006)

Excellent album blistering pace all thro a must have

Anonymous (December 20, 2005)

i was reading through this bullshit blog thing and, well, fuck all you "punk rockers" who suddenly decided that to compare everything to the fucking legends. Black Flag is a fucking incredable band, even after Rollins joined it, but come on. there is other good music out there you fuckheads. so what if the unseen all have mohawks and dress like punks. they are punk and this album rocks

miff (November 20, 2005)

it all sounds the same but thats not a bad thing

Anonymous (October 17, 2005)

"i stopped listening to good chorollete when i was four."

Damn, I knew there were 7 year olds on here.

Anonymous (October 1, 2005)

i think its a pretty damn good "street punk" album, fuck all of you who dont.

unseenpunk63 (September 27, 2005)

The newest album as of 2005 by the well known punk band The Unseen, has only continued to impress me. Their ability to remain original while changing up is proven in the State of Discontent. It is awarded all stars, keeping the record of straight hits on my list.

Anonymous (August 18, 2005)

I just hate the people who say "I'm more punk than you" and all that shit. Well if you are so fucking punk and hardcore, then go form your own fucking band and stop complaining about other bands. Complaining over the internet about other bands and people must be the least punk thing to do. But who the fuck cares what is punk and what is not punk? It's just music. Yes it is a lifestyle too, but go live your life the way you want it. Punk has no fucking rules, so don't tell anybody how to live, dress or act.
Man, fuck it all.

This record is PUNK and it is a good record. 3,5/5 is a good rating i think.

And if you think the shit sucks, why the hell listen to it? And why the hell spend so much time complaining, life must be hard for you fuckers.

Anonymous (July 26, 2005)

fuck whoever said they "totaly stopped listening to my good charollete cd" is gay. i stopped listening to good chorollete when i was four. they are posuers and wannabees just like you. the new unseen album is fuckin awesome too. so fuck all of you that think it sucks

Anonymous (July 24, 2005)

oh yeah, forgot to mention,
I love this album, wether its "punk" or not, what the fuck does it matter?

Anonymous (July 24, 2005)

wow arent there a lot of people who are so punk, hmpf, if you know sooo much about it, why dont you give up your ignorant arrogance and childish "you're 13 years old" crap and talk about the fucking music

shiiit

Anonymous (June 23, 2005)

This is a great band with a great live show. I've seen them 6 times and they never disappoint, but I'd have to say that this record does. I am a true believer that The Unseen are the most talented of all the "street punk" bands (that's most likely why they signed to Epitaph for this one). The sound is polished but it doesn't take away from the music. It does sound more produced then any previous albums, although on songs like Screaming Out I definitely get an Anger and the Truth vibe. But this album doesn’t have the standard Unseen tempo, but that’s not always a bad thing. It’s understandable that after four full lengths and a slew of singles that they have decided to slow down a bit.

So here are my tips for The Unseen to reclaim the title of the current best, and most aggressive band in “punk”:

1) Find Paul and force him back in the band (I believe The Anger and The Truth is the best album because there’s a ton of diversity in singers from Tripp, to Paul, to Mark. It also has the best song writing)

2) If you’re going to keep Scott force him to sing more then in unison. (He has a voice all on his own and we’re curious to what it sounds like.)

3) Mark needs to get behind the kit! (the last 3 times I saw you guys Mark was full time lead singer, but the best shows I’ve seen by your band is when mark plays half the set as a drummer then singer the second half)

The only reason I’m saying all this is because I know that The Unseen are five times the band then they show on this record. That’s why it’s a disappointment.

Anonymous (June 22, 2005)

I like this album a lot but again I would say giving it 5 stars is a bit much. The Stones cover is a bit annoying though.

Joe

Anonymous (June 21, 2005)

anoyone who saves there money for the suicide machines ,... well. political punk isnt crap. anyone who says anything that is politcal or social is all garbage doesnt deserve the right to vote or to take part in a working soceity. whether politics or political punks are annoying or not you should never stop questioning all the answers around you. fuck off you 2 bit punk wannabe 13 year old fag who said that about the unseen. the guy who posted the lyrics. fucking idiot.

ChokingVictim (June 21, 2005)

"Lower Class Crucifixion" got boring after a second listen though, this album wont.

Well in that case...

psychoos231 (June 21, 2005)

"Lower Class Crucifixion" got boring after a second listen though, this album wont.

ChokingVictim (June 21, 2005)

I bought "Lower Class Crucifixion" which was a good album, then I bought "Explode" which I later sold for 3 dollars. I'm kinda weary on purchasing this, the songs I've heard were decent at best but everyone seems to be holding it so high. Oh well, I need to save my money for the new Suicide Machines.

Anonymous (June 20, 2005)

great album. but theyre nothing without paul russo.

Anonymous (June 20, 2005)

everyone yapping about black flag is yapping about the first four years, damaged, and side one of my war. no one really likes anything after that anyway

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oh well in that case.up da punx!

Anonymous (June 20, 2005)

everyone yapping about black flag is yapping about the first four years, damaged, and side one of my war. no one really likes anything after that anyways (sort of joking).

Anonymous (June 20, 2005)

this band rocks ass! I totally quit listening to my good charlot cd when i hear this! Punk lives and this is the proof!

CallingLondon (June 20, 2005)

so...do they have any mp3s to download or what?

Anonymous (June 19, 2005)

Well, they might be completely fashion obsessed street "punx", but at least they don't have a banner on their website that says "True punk is dying!" like the Exploited, who apparently think they're the saviors of punk.

Anonymous (June 19, 2005)

The Ex put it more concisely:

"No chance to stop this money vulture,
from turning bullshit, into culture."

Anonymous (June 19, 2005)

Come on now D4 are okay

Anonymous (June 19, 2005)

"why bash a band that is truely punk? why not save the bashing for good charlotte, simple plan, and all the other "punk" bands that are overplayed and suck! saying that the unseen suck compared to minor threat and black flag, is not saying much. minor threat and black flag are legends in punk music, not much is comparable to them. if you really want to bash someone, tell them that they are not as punk as simple plan."

there wouldnt be neerly as much bashing if some jackass didnt give this a 10

- pussyfoot

Anonymous (June 19, 2005)

"Your new found dream is a fucking nightmare
And I wonder if you even know,
Are you ready to be David to the new Goliath,
Taking notes at your all ages show.
It's like the marketing department has finally figured out,
That the pit can always make more room.
I'd love to sneer at the camera for your revolution,
but I just can't afford the fucking costume"

^ Dillinger Four

That sums up my feelings about all these dress-up political punk morons.

Anonymous (June 19, 2005)

why bash a band that is truely punk? why not save the bashing for good charlotte, simple plan, and all the other "punk" bands that are overplayed and suck! saying that the unseen suck compared to minor threat and black flag, is not saying much. minor threat and black flag are legends in punk music, not much is comparable to them. if you really want to bash someone, tell them that they are not as punk as simple plan.

Anonymous (June 19, 2005)

Fuck this band!

Anonymous (June 19, 2005)

It's a good record, but come on people, it's the Unseen. There's nothing new here.

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Nothing nowadays is "new"

stop talking about the Ex..they're becoming overrated around the board

Anonymous (June 19, 2005)

The Ex will always be the greatest punk band of ALL TIME. I dare anyone to name a punk band more innovative, DIY, original, amazing, and intelligent than the Ex. Not nearly enough "punks" know about them, and it is a shame.

codypopali (June 18, 2005)

they sound like antiflag cuz they were on ahhh fuck records with antiflag

swingline (June 18, 2005)

i'm tryna.... wreck homes like angelina jolie. home wrecka home wrecka angelina jolie.

sickboi (June 18, 2005)

To quote a certain literary genious of our generation:

"I'm feelin' this"

(seriously, this album rocks, and I don't even like the Unseen very much)

LMChc (June 18, 2005)

"The cover of Paint It Black on here drives me nuts. I was fine with this record until the opening notes of that song. Sure, I like the Stones and the Unseen's rendition isn't too bad, but this has to be one of the most covered songs ever. If I never hear this song (anyone's version, even the original) ever again, I'd be ok with that."

How bout we add to this list?

Anything by the Misfits (good band, but everyone covers them).

Stop fucking covering them.

Anonymous (June 18, 2005)

It's a good record, but come on people, it's the Unseen. There's nothing new here.

Anonymous (June 18, 2005)

you must be new here on punknews.org. we don't respect other people's opinion. The sole purpose of this site is to force your musical taste on others because you're the only one that truly knows what punkrock is all about. keep that in mind for your next visit.

that is true.

Anonymous (June 18, 2005)

im curious about this album ...but im sure is not that good

Anonymous (June 18, 2005)

"Well its all opinion and i respect everyones opinion, not going to force my musical taste on others"

you must be new here on punknews.org. we don't respect other people's opinion. The sole purpose of this site is to force your musical taste on others because you're the only one that truly knows what punkrock is all about. keep that in mind for your next visit.

Anonymous (June 18, 2005)

Oh man. Thats like the 10 album this year that is the perfect definitive statement of all music. Who knew the Unseen had it in them?

This site needs a fucking fanboy filter.

-!GreenVandal!

Anonymous (June 18, 2005)

Black Flag is up da punx...with all this Black Flag/ Henry Rollins booktalk, its punx heaven.OMG im gonna go call mtv and have them play black flag on the real world........

Anonymous (June 18, 2005)

i dont understand how you can bash an album that uve never heard b4, shut the hell up until uve heard it then talk. Dont run ur mouth about how it "must suck" or is "probably a piece of junk" if uve never heard it. Stop comparing it to these other bands. There not minor threat or black flag and have never claimed to be, there The Unseen and nothing more. Some of u douches need to get off the internet and stop bashing music uve never heard b4. Alot of u forget that a review is an OPINION not a fact. fuckin morons

Kenjamin (June 18, 2005)

but black flag and minor threat were more than just bands. I mean, they (along with some other bands obviously) are pretty much responsible for these DIY ethics and morals prevalent in punk rock today.

Anonymous (June 17, 2005)

I was curious, so I downloaded this record to check it out.

Five stars?! It sounds exactly like countless records from 5 or 6 years ago.

Anonymous (June 17, 2005)

Now I'm obviously not the punkest guy in the world, but I find it slightly disturbing that people on this site, of all places, are bashing Minor Threat and Black Flag. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but the people with that opinion usually hang out at absolutejunk.net.
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They're a good band and all but not worth the praise

piratasmuertas (June 17, 2005)

Now I'm obviously not the punkest guy in the world, but I find it slightly disturbing that people on this site, of all places, are bashing Minor Threat and Black Flag. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but the people with that opinion usually hang out at absolutejunk.net.

Wow.

Anonymous (June 17, 2005)

I don't even have to listen to this to already know its a pile of suck.

dianaxGONExwrong (June 17, 2005)

omg this is not punk at all. it's like.. metal and stuff. his screaming is so bad!! i hate metal!!!!

Anonymous (June 17, 2005)

wow, you guys are so punk rock...i wish i was as cool as you....or not.

half of you dont know shit about real punk rock, get a fucking life

Anonymous (June 17, 2005)

Who cares about Black Flag and Minor threat

Anonymous (June 17, 2005)

This albums OK but they were better with Paul Russo in the band.

gladimnotemo (June 17, 2005)

Yeah, this isn't perfect by any means...the cover is pretty mediocre, it's a bit too polished sounding, but it's good to see the Unseen have "their own" sound now. The Singles Collection sounds like a third-rate Casualties cover band compared to this.

"You Can Never Go Home" is the best song - the part with the chorus and main vocal overlapping rule.

Anonymous (June 17, 2005)

all i can think of when i see these guys is how they are an overly cliche psuedo hardcore band posing as a overly cliche psuedo punk band. nice guys and all but come on... you're 40, ticme to cut the spikes. they are trying to relive an era of punk rock that only exists in people's idealized memories. perhaps i'm just too old for this shit, if i was 12-14 i would probably think it rips and buy into it.

Anonymous (June 17, 2005)

Score is for the terrible band

Anonymous (June 17, 2005)

"Well its all opinion and i respect everyones opinion, not going to force my musical taste on others"

You are gay.

Johnny_X (June 17, 2005)

How can you really compare the Unseen to Minor Threat and Black Flag? Minor Threat and Black Flag were crucial in the evolution of punk/harcore despite how you feel about their quality of music. Those bands were ground breaking. Do you really think people will be covering Unseen songs and still listening to this album twenty years down the line. I don't think so. Is this album going to lead to some sort of new musical revolution. No. Nothing against the Unseen, though. I don't believe the Unseen would think they should be compared with Minor Threat or Black Flag either. The Unseen are good but no band playing harcore/punk today deserves to be put on the same level as those that paved the way for them

MarkieStabone (June 17, 2005)

five stars? you must be 14 years old and just started listening to punk last month.

threechordsandthetruth (June 17, 2005)

"The Unseen capture the spirit of hardcore / street punk without crossing the line into the genre's clichés.."

...

"Bush-era politics get a thorough bashing on "Weapons Of Mass Deception"..."

Wait, what?

Anonymous (June 17, 2005)

how would a paint it black cover seem an odd choice. everybody fuckin covers that song. its a really pussy ass choice for a cover song

- pussyfoot

bizzlebrizzle (June 17, 2005)

All that I've heard off of this record makes me think it's a second rate So This Is Freedome/Lower Class Crucifixion.

davebrave4 (June 17, 2005)

Why does it matter what they wear and what their hair looks like? They could play a show naked and it wouln't make a difference to me, assuming the music is good-which it is. I really like this record. They scream and stuff, but they still manage to keep it punk.

adam (June 17, 2005)

...5 stars is a bit much...

The cover of Paint It Black on here drives me nuts. I was fine with this record until the opening notes of that song. Sure, I like the Stones and the Unseen's rendition isn't too bad, but this has to be one of the most covered songs ever. If I never hear this song (anyone's version, even the original) ever again, I'd be ok with that.

-adam

Karasu (June 17, 2005)

you sir, the poster below me, are correct.

Anonymous (June 17, 2005)

I just saw these guys recently and couldn't believe what a cliche they were. But convincing 14 year olds to dress and act like idealized versions of working class Brits from the 70s is an amazing and amusing feat... so one star.

Anonymous (June 17, 2005)

Punk release of the year so far, hands down-oldpunker-

Anonymous (June 17, 2005)

Great record.

ElVaquero (June 17, 2005)

5 stars? yeah right

yep.

Anonymous (June 17, 2005)

The Ex are aight

Anonymous (June 17, 2005)

This is an ok album, but deffinately not worth the five stars. Four, yes. Five, no.

If you want great punk, listen to the Ex. That's the only punk band to ever truly matter.

Score is for the Ex.

Anonymous (June 17, 2005)

It's like Ian and Co. never knew how to write a good song at all Then one day, fortunately, wrote Minor Threat and then bummed out again.

Also, I think State of Discontent is awesome! But I liked all of The Unseen's other releases too.

I also think that clear red vinyl is awesome!

Anonymous (June 17, 2005)

Well its all opinion and i respect everyones opinion, not going to force my musical taste on others

joeg (June 17, 2005)

Just said it to piss people off. Can't believe it was that easy.
Well Black Flag and Minor Threat are overrated but still okay in my book.
No need to get all crazy there joey

Well I have seen people bash everyone from Minor Threat (see Chinatown) to the Dead Kennedys to the Ramones so I'm going to assume they're being serious. Sue me.

Anonymous (June 17, 2005)

5 stars? yeah right

Anonymous (June 17, 2005)

Just said it to piss people off. Can't believe it was that easy.
Well Black Flag and Minor Threat are overrated but still okay in my book.
No need to get all crazy there joey

cdogg (June 17, 2005)

After repeated listening, this album has overtaken "The Anger and the Truth" as my favorite Unseen release. Even though I like their cds, I can't get into their live show. I've seen them twice in the past year, and I thought they were horrible both times. Maybe I caught them on two "off" nights.

joeg (June 17, 2005)

"True because The Unseen are better band, come on people the 80's are over with........and overrated"

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Wow. My first Black Flag vs. Unseen discussion. Bah, I knew it was coming sooner or later. Considering the Unseen probably wouldn't consider themselves better than Black Flag or Minor Threat, I don't get your argument unless you're doing so just to be different. Come on kid, the Unseen are nice with their spiky mohawks and astute "political" insight but they're the 1,000,000th rehash of what Black Flag and Minor Threat were doing, only those old and unoriginal bands did it faster, harder, smarter and better.

Although I'll give the Unseen credit, they're one of the better copycat acts around.

TheOneTrueBill (June 17, 2005)

Man, go listen to Out of Step again. Really, that's a lot better than the first 7"

Anonymous (June 17, 2005)

I agree that Minor Threat is way overrated. I have trouble making it past anything after song 8 on Complete Discography (with the exception of "Good Guys...," that song rules). It's like Ian and Co. forgot how to write good choruses immediately after releasing their first demo.

Fugazi is a million times better.

-Chinatown

Anonymous (June 17, 2005)

I haven't really liked any of the Unseen's other albums, but a 10/10 from someone with good enough taste to also give a 10/10 to Antimaniax also, I might have to check it out.

Anonymous (June 17, 2005)

this band belongs nowhere near black flag or minor threat

True because The Unseen are better band, come on people the 80's are over with........and overrated

CellarDoor (June 17, 2005)

They save the best for (next to) last however, with "Final Execution," which is not only the Unseen's best song to date, but one of the finest punk songs to come along in years, in this reviewer's opinion.

Are you fucking kidding me ? What about Jon Bon Jovi's It's My Life ? I AIN'T GONNA LIVE FOREVER.

joeg (June 17, 2005)

this band belongs nowhere near black flag or minor threat.

Anonymous (June 17, 2005)

i havent heard the album apart from a couple of songs which were relatively good, but giving this album a 10????

Anonymous (June 17, 2005)

"This record is really great. The nearest comparison I could give you is probably AFI, but in what I would consider their best "era." (That is, the 1996-1997 where they brought you Very Proud of Ya and Shut Your Mouth...)"

those two albums are completely different though...

- pussyfoot

TheNightProwler (June 17, 2005)

Wow, I own this album and like it very much but I think giving it a PERFECT score is just not right.

psychoos231 (June 17, 2005)

Their song on RAB Vol. 2 sounded like Anti-Flag. I doubt that the rest of this album is much better.

-Chinatown

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They re-recorded it. sounds so much better but yeah i agree with ya on the RAB version

Anonymous (June 17, 2005)

I like this album. It's a little different then their older stuff. But as some people said, it's similar to some older AFI stuff, which borrowed some hardcore elements. I think people who like strike anywhere and stuff like that will like this also. The vocalist gets little annoying sometimes, but when i'm in the mood to listen to this, It's a good album.

Anonymous (June 17, 2005)

The Unseen is a not shitty band, yet has absolutely no chance in standing next to Minor Threat. This band isn't hardcore, they have annoying vocals over punk music. BOOOOOOOOOOO

swingline (June 17, 2005)

yea i agree on the afi comparison. it's a great cd but it's not perfect.

aubin (June 17, 2005)

This record is really great. The nearest comparison I could give you is probably AFI, but in what I would consider their best "era." (That is, the 1996-1997 where they brought you Very Proud of Ya and Shut Your Mouth...)

Don't get me wrong, it's not a clone or anything, but if you liked those albums, you'll probably like this.

Anonymous (June 17, 2005)

This album doesnt deserve 5 stars, because its not that good right away, it had to grow on me but now i think its a great cd.
It does sound like anti-flag yet not as much complaining.

Anonymous (June 17, 2005)

Their song on RAB Vol. 2 sounded like Anti-Flag. I doubt that the rest of this album is much better.

-Chinatown

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