September Mourning claims to be a graphic-novel-come-to-life, and with this dark, melodic track, they definitely live up to this description. Throwing away the idea of a concept album, and instead becoming a concept themselves, September (Emily Lazar, vocals) and her Reapers (Rich “Riven” Juzwick, guitar, Kyle “Stitch” Mayer, drums, and Patrick “Wraith” Romanelli, guitar) have created an unforgettable multi-media spectacular.
Having been quiet recently, “Unholy” is September Mourning’s reintroduction to the scene, and the new single, produced by Sahaj Ticotin (Motley Crue The Dirt Soundtrack, Starset, Sevendust, Stitched Up Heart) and Nick Scott (Asking Alexandria, Bless the Fall, I See Stars), with mixing by Chris Lord-Alge (Linkin Park, Skillet, Of Mice and Men), definitely makes you sit up and take notice. Opening with an intense guitar riff before Lazar’s lilting yet powerful vocals take over, “Unholy” did not give me the option of writing it off as just another goth metal track. Lazar sings of love and attraction with an addictive voice that ensures this track’s seductive nature. The juxtaposition of music and silence that this track plays with kept me listening all the way through, and I enjoyed the programming in the bridge. With some interesting goth metal techniques and Lazar’s voice, “Unholy” is just the musical beginning of September Mourning’s next chapter, and it’s unfolding in an exciting manner.
Catch them on tour this fall with FLAW and Smile Empty Soul.