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Reinvigorating The Past With UNSANE

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Three decades ago the musical landscape was far removed to what we know today.

All of the modern genres and associated sub-genres had not even gained a sniff of fresh air and music pretty much stayed in its own lane and keep to its own kind so to speak.

A fresh wave of bands began to change that and people’s approach to music completely, mixing genres on a whim and combining sounds that until then had seemed to be the polar opposite.

Things like Nu-Metal came from this period as bands like Korn and Slipknot spearheaded a musical revolution that has continued unabated to this very day.

ON the lower East Side of New York another scene began to mix the music which spurned its passion with music from another realm as punk and metal became unlikely bedfellows as bands like Suicidal Tendencies and Body Count rose to prominence.

Another band that was swept up in this cycle was Unsane, a brash, young invincible group of musicians who refused to bow to the laws of music, instead opting to allow a movement to dictate a sound that is now an indispensable part of music culture.

With the release of their self titled debut album in 1991, Unsane delivered a brutal slab of crossover metal that still stands the test of time today. So much so, that the band will be re-releasing the remastered and improved version on September 23.

HEAVY caught up with frontman Chris Spencer to understand the reasons behind re-releasing the album over three decades later.

“It never got re-pressed,” he offered, “and during the pandemic, my friend and manager Todd got all the rights to all of our shit back for us, so now we own pretty much everything. There’s one record that we didn’t get because that was on Atlantic Records, but we got everything back, and we figured we’d start reissuing stuff, doing it all from the very beginning and doing it chronologically.”

In the full interview, Chris talks more about how the remastered version is an improvement on the original, the reasons behind releasing it now, the album’s relevance in modern society, the original confronting cover and why they chose to go with it, the early days of Unsane and how they grew as a band, reforming the band last year with a new line-up and playing only older songs, tour plans and more.

Order your copy https://unsane.bandcamp.com

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