Friday, June 5, 2020

District Unknown - "Anatomy of a 24 Hour Lifetime" [2014]

Artist: District Unknown
Title: Anatomy of a 24 Hour Lifetime
Genre: Progressive Metal/Rock
Country: Afghanistan
Year: 2014

Track List:
  1. Modern Nature
  2. Joy Versus Sorrow
  3. Two Seconds After the Blast
  4. Portraits
  5. Struggle
  6. A Cancer by Design
  7. Whisper in a Dream
  8. Requiescence
  9. Kill the Beast 
Apart from obvious fakes, District Unknown were the only metal band in Afghanistan (yes, I know Taarma also claims to be an Afghan band; the man behind the project is indeed Afghan but resides in Pakistan). They even have played live shows in Kabul, although they had to wear masks to conceal their identities. As of now, two of their former members have emigrated to UK and USA, and have started a new international metal project called Afreet.

The members of District Unknown called their music "psychedelic metal". Honestly there aren't that many metal parts on this album, and, unfortunately, there's a lot of ambient-like filler parts. The production is also not great (but much better than I have expected). There's a quite detailed review of "Anatomy of a 24 Hour Lifetime", and I agree with its author in that this LP has numerous flaws; however, the musicianship itself is definitely not unprofessional, and I appreciate the effort of recording a metal album in a such hostile environment.

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