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To Lose A Name

by Unjust

An eclectic, influencial blend of Faith No More, Muse, and My Chemical Romance.
Genre: Rock: Album Rock
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2. Home
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3. It's Not Enough
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4. Choose Nothing
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5. Reactions
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6. Wait for Me Now
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7. Do You Really Like...
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8. In Search of a Ghost
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9. The Part
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10. Sweet November
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11. The Red in the Fog
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12. We Be Robots
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Paul Mendoza - vocals
Mikey Merino - guitar
Eric Wong - bass
Brian Palkowski - drums
Thom Tucker - keyboards

Currently releasing their fourth recording themselves, Unjust have continued to musically develop into their own identity, further shedding any comparisons to their past cohorts and personal influences, yet retaining the core elements that have always identified the band. Evolution has taken a wonderful course with Unjust. As noted in the past, as a creative unit, musical growth is an integral part of a band's evolution; though it runs the risk of alienating fans and following, some of the better bands realize the greatest reward comes maintaining the band's soul, putting the music first, while taking full responsibility for whatever the outcome may be. With their newest release "To Lose A Name", Unjust is a wonderful example of this.

Hailing from the San Francisco East Bay , Unjust first entered the scene in 1999 with the release of their debut effort, "Thin Line Emotions". The album shared the Bay Area metal sound forged by the likes of Metallica, Machine Head, and Faith No More. The album was heavy and brooding; it was released on Dutch label Mascot Records, along with positive reviews across Europe including Kerrang! and Terrorizer. Unjust were also invited to play at the annual Dynamo Open Air Festival in Holland and have had successful shows in Alaska!!!

Their sophomore release followed in 2001, entitled "Makeshift Grey". With "Makeshift", Unjust started to come into their own and created a dark and gloomy metal atmosphere with songs like "Come Feel Me" and "Nylon". Not only did the band continue to solidify their standing in Europe through Mascot. The album also became an underground hit with Bay Area rock fans garnering the band interest from labels all over the world, as well as landing them a spot at The California Music Awards, sharing the stage with likes of Joe Satriani, and Papa Roach. Airplay and winning contests on San Francisco's Live 105 was the norm. It was also during this time that the band began to embark in a new direction, partially brought on with induction of new guitarist/songwriter Mikey Merino; in addition to their trademark riffage, their music began to mature.

The bands third release “Glow” in 2003 brought the band even more attention being picked up by Koolarrow Records, brain child of Faith No More bassist Billy Gould in 2004, garnering even more press, flooding the internet with features on websites like Shoutweb with great reviews on websites and major rock and metal magazines all over the world. Glow songs have been successfully placed in Fox, MTV and VH1 television shows, as well as an AMP'd Mobile commercial.

Considering their East Bay metal roots, "To Lose A Name" is yet another very bold step into the musical future, even a progression beyond “Glow”. Once again, the Bay Area heavy influences are still there; but the emphasis on melody and songwriting again takes the group to another entirely different level with additional influences like Muse and Dredg. Nevertheless, not only have they managed to maintain the support of their early fans, but in fact have attracted scores of new ones, which makes "To Lose A Name" tasty new ear candy to new and original fans a like.


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Darryl Carnochan

Some truly great songs here!
I've been one of the few Canadians listening to Unjust for quite some time now. I love the early stuff but i've also enjoyed listening to the band as they've expanded and tweeked their sound over the years. Glow quickly became a favourite in my CD player when it came out and so far i can say this album is looking to repeat itself. Great Stuff guys! I love the fact that you spent more time making sure it was a great album but let's not wait as long for the next one! Noooch!

Dazzaroonie

Stunning
Since its release in 2003, I have listened to Unjust's previous effort 'Glow' with almost obsessional regularity, and now look forward to listening to their latest record, 'To Lose A Name', many times over the coming months. This is testament to the staying power and depth of Unjust's music. Improving on Glow's masterful anthems truly is a huge achievement, but somehow the group have managed it; there is a more refined consistency to the tracks, vocal melodies are more dynamic, and the music more expansive.

It's been a LONG time coming, but if that's the time it takes to produce song-writing of this quality, then it's surely worth the wait (but I for one wouldn't complain if they got the next one done a bit quicker!).

Jeremy Lee Boatwright

Can't wait
I have been waiting for an new album since the day I got glow. This is a great album. Seems like every one of their alb um is a bit more mature than the last, yet they stay true to their roots. Glow was a masterpiece, This album is not Glow, but a great album in it's own right. It's thin line emotions,makeshift grey, and Glow all combined into one.

Travis

Unjust - To lose a name
great album.. a lot of songs stuck out the first time I listened to them. Great follow up to an outstanding album "Glow".

Roland Habersack

MASTERPIECE!!!
this band has been one of my faves since they released Makeshift Grey. TO LOSE A NAME was definitely worth the wait!! they know how to write brilliant songs with unforgettable melodies and hooks! ..and Paul Mendoza is an outstanding singer!! I hope they get the chance to tour europe sometime cause I'm dying to see them live!!!

Dag

Excellent
Another awesome album from one of the most refreshing and original US bands out there at the moment. And what awesome vocals!

Magnus Spangberg

Patience pays off
Far from a household name in Sweden, for me Unjust and "Glow" come right out of the blue and just blew me away. Perhaps because of high expectations this one took some time (and multiple listens) to grow on me, but it was well worth the wait. To me it's a sign of great songwriting when you don't really appreciate what you hear until after a few listens.
My immediate favourites were "It's Not Enough" and "Choose Nothing" (and they're still up there) but the rest of it didn't really make an impression to begin with. About a week later I can't get enough of this album. "Reactions", "Do You Really Like..." and "The Part" turned out to be other exceptional ones. But the best has been saved for last.
To me it's really important that an album ends with a strong track. I checked my iPod counter the other day; turns out I listened to "We Be Robots" over 50 times during the last week... Enough said.