Fans of melodic death metal, may want to check out the band Unfound Reliance and the video for the single ”Cowards & Heroes”, taken from the coming EP “A Layered Mind“.
Cowards & Heroes (single)
Introspective Metal That Gives a Fuck
Inviting you to share the burden of existential disillusionment, Unfound Reliance’s new single “Cowards and Heroes” is a non-stop ride into collective angst. Featuring the collaboration of Peter Iwers on the production (former In Flames and Chyra), this new musical approach positions the band as a worthy carrier of the Gothenburg sound torch.
The band’s welcoming creative mindset is clear from the get-go: A metalcore-ish memorable chopped riff gives way to melodically-friendly guitar solos that you can actually hum. But then comes frontman Andrew Johansson’s growl of despondency, just to make it clear that Unfound Reliance still pays tribute to decades of Swedish Death Metal. With capital letters.
The “Cowards and Heroes” in the song aren’t antagonists, but rather two sides of the absurd coin of life. They dive into the sense of meaninglessness in modern individualist struggles: “You are raised to believe in yourself, but the management still holds you in line”.
However, these harsh insights aren’t an invitation to stop giving a fuck. There’s a sense of collectivism in their sound, an invitation to join them as an army of nonconformists and resist, even if the carrier of the torch can’t provide you with answers to existential unease.
Starting as a hard rock cover band in their native Karlstad and picking up their instruments at the same time at school, Unfound Reliance has maintained a mostly consistent lineup since 2013. The release of their single “End Time” in 2017 got the band the top position on Swedish national radio station P3’s program for upcoming acts.
To be released this fall, ”Cowards and Heroes” is the band’s first single with Gothenburg-based Rexius Records. A brutally melodic appetizer to an EP they describe as “The combination of hating life but being happy to have it.”.
Nicklas Åkerlund (Drums)
Efraim Johansson (Bass)
Marcus Andersson (Guitars)
Andrew Johansson (Vocals)
Patrik Edvinsson (Guitars)
The Brute Force of Togetherness
Swedish melodic death metal band Unfound Reliance describe themselves as “First Aid Kit but with Metal guitars”. A peculiar self-portrayal for a metal act combining introspective, at times melancholic lyrics with a passion for melody that draws inspiration from the Gothenburg sound pioneers.
Rather than aiming at misanthropic individualism, their inward-looking messages are carefully balanced with the idea of togetherness: In the face of adversity, we humans have better chances of surviving if we unite. The band’s idea is not just singing TO the people, but WITH them, as frontman Andrew Johansson explains.
This inclusive philosophy is reflected in their versatile combination of styles, putting together tracks that could work as introductory songs to new fans; while others may appeal to more brutally-oriented listeners: “We love the speed and the brutal sound, but also epic stuff and sing-alongs and love”.
Starting as a hard rock cover band in their native Karlstad and picking up their instruments at the same time at school, Unfound Reliance has maintained a mostly consistent lineup since 2013.
The release of their single “End Time” in 2017 got the band the top position on Swedish national radio station P3’s program for upcoming acts. The song was on rotation on the top 10 for five consecutive weeks, getting the band a place on the station’s top 20 most successful bands that year. They got signed to Rexius Records and participated in Karlstad’s renowned festival “Putte i parken” some months later.
Unfound Reliance is now preparing for the release of “A Layered Mind”, an EP depicting the rebellious existentialism they describe as “The combination of hating life but being happy to have it.” A set of tracks joining the blunt sound of melodic death metal with self-reflective growls and clean vocals that will be available this fall.
Band: Unfound Reliance
Orgin: Karlstad, Sweden
Genre: Alternative Metal, Melodic Death Metal, Metal
Label: Rexius Records