Here’s some of the reviews we’ve had for our debut album, Out Of The Shadows!
INTO THE UNKNOWN Out Of The Shadows
Vigilante Records [Release date 20.10.17]
“Into The Unknown feature vocalist Lucie Holzlova, guitarist Ryan Atkins and bassist/producer Rupert Withers. They came about as Rupert Withers needed a guitarist for a song he was producing and enter Ryan Atkins, they worked well together and added vocalist Lucie and a couple of years later they are releasing their debut album.
Shades of Halestorm on ‘Why Me?’, whist ‘We Are One’ deals with uniting against the terrorist attacks in the world and has a whiff of Iron Maiden in the guitars.
Two covers on here, first up Chris de Burgh’s ‘Don’t Pay The Ferryman’, which they suitably rock up. Miley Cyrus’s ‘Wrecking Ball’ again sounds like Halestorm covering it and both covers suit the band’s sound and style. The ballad ‘Breaking My Heart’ is one to hear, allowing Lucie’s vocals to take the spotlight. However, the thirteen minutes of ‘Demons and Angels’ does drag on and they maybe best sticking to shorter, punchier rock songs.
Into The Unknown have a produced a solid debut album, there are some good musical moments on here and they have laid the basis for a good crack at the rocky road to success in rock ‘n’ roll.”
Review by Jason Ritchie (get Ready To Rock)
Into The Unknown’s debut album “Out Of The Shadows” is released on 20th October and we had the privilege to get hold of a copy early.
The album opens with a cover of Chris de Burgh’s classic “Don’t Pay The Ferryman”, with which the band set the tone for the rest of the album. It’s dark and heavy, tightly put together and extremely well delivered. This is one of two covers on the album, the second being Miley Cyrus’s “Wrecking Ball”; again the band putting their own spin on things. An unlikely candidate track for a band influenced by the likes of Nightwish, Halestorm and Nightwish, they produce a distinctive and very pleasing version which if full of originality and big driving backing.
The rest of the songs on the album are all self-penned originals. “Monsters” is even bigger; faster and gives a real punch and this compliments the other hard rocking tracks “Once” and “Why Me”. They show a gentler side with the acoustic “Breaking My Heart” which contrasts nicely to the undercurrent of raunchy guitars that runs throughout the album.
The album closer “Demons and Angels” gives the band to opportunity to showcase their skills. It has everything that’s gone before, plus some. In places it was reminiscent of Evanescence (well, to me anyway), but glowing with originality and expert delivery.
Each track is different though the band’s unique sound echoes through all of them. There are catchy riffs, hard rocking songs, great covers and some very memorable moments. They have produced an excellent debut which should appeal to a wide audience; take a listen to “Breaking My Heart” by clicking the link and judge for yourself:
Review by Annular Media Music
‘Don’t Pay The Ferryman’ was written by Chris de Burgh. However, if all you’ve heard by the man are easy listening smash hits like ‘Lady in Red’ you might be surprised to find out his earlier singer/songwriter work was held in high regard within rock circles, and he toured as support to bands like Supertramp.
Into The Unknown have re-imagined the largely acoustic original into a work that begins with eerie suspense and anticipation before a Zeppelin-styled ‘Immigrant Song’ scream hurls the band headlong into a hard rocking number with added electronica and effects.
Into The Unknown release their debut album Out of The Shadows on 20th October through Vigilante Records. It will feature nine self-written and two covers.
The original tracks were all co-written by vocalist Lucie Hölzlová, guitarist Ryan Atkins and bassist/producer Rupert Withers. With influences as diverse as Nightwish, Guns N’ Roses and Adele expect something rather unique!
The full track listing being as follows: ‘Don’t Pay The Ferryman’, ‘Real Life Superman’, ‘Why Me?’, ‘We Are One’, ‘Monsters’, ‘Someone Like Me’, ‘Wrecking Ball’, ‘Once’, ‘Breaking My Heart’, ‘Do You Want To’ and ‘Demons And Angels’. ‘Breaking My Heart’ is one of album’s softer tracks and is already being picked up by regional radio.
Withers had produced Hölzlová and Atkins’ previous band, and subsequent session work involving the two male members that preoved fruitful led to them inviting Hölzlová to provide vocals. From there songs were written and an album evolved, leading to the forthcoming release of Out of The Shadows.
Review by Paul H Birch (RAMzine)
There are nine tracks featured across the length of Into The Unknown’s debut album Out of The Shadows, two being cover versions, the remainder co-written by vocalist Lucie Hölzlová, guitarist Ryan Atkins and bassist/producer Rupert Withers.
First up is a cover of Chris de Burgh’s ‘Don’t Pay The Ferryman’. However, if all you’ve heard by the man are easy listening smash hits like ‘Lady in Red’you might be surprised to find out his earlier singer/songwriter work was held in high regard within rock circles, and he toured as support to bands like Supertramp. Into The Unknown have re-imagined the largely acoustic original into a work that begins with suspenseful anticipation before a Zeppelin-styled ‘Immigrant Song’ scream hurls the band headlong into an urgent hard rocking number with added electronica and effects.
It’s followed by Real Life Superman’ where over a mangled fuzzed-up riff, clunking bass and thundering drums, echo treated vocals range from the manic screams of the childhood nursery to the worldly wise with a wall-crawling guitar solo thrown in to offer a rather doom-driven prog feel .More heavily distorted thrashing of chords are bashed out to announce ‘Why Me’ before developing into a more regular rock number with foghorn echoed vocals running over, akin to a punky Girlschool with a shoot-from-the-hip guitar solo that suddenly slows to a textured keyboard and classical guitar sect before returning for a more wiry feedbacking guitar soloing through the last verse.
Atkins’ guitar sound is definitely the thing that gets your attention, often opting for a sharp squeak more favoured by Television or The Velvet Underground than a straight down the line rock band, but with Withers’ bass opting towards a chunky treble sound, and Hölzlová’s vocals often treated with effects, Into The Unknown play only loosely in that ballpark.
‘We Are One’ has guitar and bass playing a medieval riff that’s heavy and undulating, the overall effect like an emo cover of Dio. Initially more traditional, ‘Monsters’ races along, slinky, sexy and heavy before raging out like a heavy metal version of Siouxsie & Banshees’ ‘Spellbound’. Whereas ‘Someone Like You’ pleasingly recalls All About Eve feel before the acoustics give ways to full on electrics as Atkins solos lyrically, extending song’s melody before investing with full-on anguish.
‘Wrecking Ball’ is – I kid you not – a Miley Cyrus cover, and in adding a little Nico to that Goth folk All About Eve flavour actually works well. ‘Once’ pours on the gothic a little too much though veering toward a campy shock rock come cleaned up thrash/symphonic veneer. But points are returned with ‘Breaking My Heart’ a haunting guitar playing through the chord changes with melodic bass underneath as Hölzlová contemplates the direction love might take.
Continuing to confuse the listener, ‘Do What You Want’ is an argy-bargee Oasis with a heavy psyched thrudding beat, over which a loud and noisy guitar solo joyfully and the album finishes with the more epic ‘Demons And Angels’ where amid growling voice-overs, piano and thunderstorm sounds a sustained guitar plays over a thrashing mid-paced symphonic power metal number.
At its best Out of The Shadows is alternative Goth rock with folk leanings. A collection of very different songs rather than an album where a band is seeking to define a musical identity, but Into The Unknown certainly have a way about them.
Review by Paul H Birch (RAMzine)
Into The Unknown’s debut alum release will propel this band much further than their album title suggests. it’s a bold platter of rock solid songs that contain new wave riffs, rock fretwork and beguiling vocals from Lucie Holzlova and like Siouxsie Sioux and Karen O, she creates her own musical niche. The album opens with a cover of Don’t Pay The Ferryman, that banishes not only De Burgh’s original version into oblivion but also eclipses Lionheart’s version on their album earlier this year.
The band rock using walls of sound, fuzzy guitars, accomplished lead and engrossing vocals. Two power ballads, Someone Like You (no, not Adele’s misery) and Breaking My Heart, are sensibly spaced apart on tracks six and nine, and the latter I discovered can also be viewed on a well-known channel, along with a short trailer for the album. A clothed(!) cover of Miley Cyrus’s Wrecking Ball is another highlight.
Nothing shows the ambition of the band better than the thirteen minuet closer, Demons and Angels that is certain to become a crowd favourite as the band move shortly to live shows. See you there!
Review by Classic Rock Society