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Album Review

Explode, the fourth album by Boston's Unseen, is slightly more mature than their earlier releases. It's still pure street punk: 12 songs in barely 21 minutes, each one of them more strident, pissed-off, and aggressive than the one before; but this album hangs together much better than earlier efforts like Lower Class Crucifixion. The songs are uniformly ultra-tight, which ratchets up the tension far more effectively on one-minute bursts of aggro like "Fed Up" and "Useless Regrets." As always on this kind of hardcore album, the songs end up blurring into one another, which only adds to the album's total impact. Strictly for hardcore purists, of course, but Explode is an aptly-titled missile of an album.

Customer Reviews

Some of the Best Street punk to date

Wow... if you are one for hardcore street punk with personal and political themes and a pissed off edge, buy this. The songs with Tripp doing vocals tend to lack the pure aggression that Mark has on his songs (False Hope, Negative Outlook, Sick of you) and flops more towards an angsty yell, but he is still extremely passionate and lets you know it. After you listen, you'll wanna see these guys live, and believe me, its worth it. They are energetic, and if ur lucky enough to meet them, you'll find that they are very nice, decent people.

The Unseen Out Did Themselves

"Explode" is the best Unseen album right behind "The Anger & The Truth". The tracks are short and packed with the energy that only The Unseen can bring. This time around the guitars are a little harder and vocals more tight which make this album a must for any hardcore punk. The best tracks include "False Hope", "Don't Look Back", "Tsunami Suicide", and "So Sick Of You". This album is worth it so buy it, right here on iTunes. You can't go wrong.

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It pushes energy to a whole new level. After a few times hearing it, you don't want to listen to anything else.


Formed: 1993 in Hingham, MA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Boston hardcore punk quintet the Unseen formed in 1993 around high school friends Mark Unseen (vocals/drums), Tripp Underwood (vocals/bass), and lead guitarist Scott Unseen. With surprisingly little member turnover, the lineup soon also included Paul Russo (guitar/vocals), while drummer Pat Melzard joined up in 2002. After appearing on numerous punk compilations, the band issued the LPs So This Is Freedom and Lower Class Crucifixion on A-F Records, the label run by Pittsburgh punk iconoclasts Anti-Flag....
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