Progressive and electrifying
Moon Unit, an experimental rock band from Croatia, has just released their debut album, Differences in Language and Lifestyle. The album includes three of their latest singles, “Tuesday,” “Velocirapture” and “Ensign 4 Life,” for a total of 11-tracks and common traits like electrifying guitars, strange sounds and dinosaurs. The underground group mixes several genres and sounds in this rock and heavy-metal-focused album.
Differences in Language and Lifestyle kicks off with the single “Velocirapture,” which instantly hits with raging guitars and smashing drums. This song is literally about dinosaurs, hence the album art cover, yet fans would recognize this as a typical characteristic for Moon Unit, as their previous work also mentions dinosaurs, strange vegetables and strange sounds of old German cars. The second half of this track sounds similar to One Ok Rock’s pop-rock and post-hardcore mixed sounds. Nonetheless, this track is an interesting sound serving as a two-in-one track with different rhythms that flow well together.
The album continues in a fast-paced heavy metal rhythm with “Motorized Frog Squad” and “Splitting Hares.” These tracks hit to possible influences of Pantera and other 1980s heavy metal groups, as they carry the same high-energy, high-pitch screaming vocals, and of course, insane guitar solos. Other tracks like “Ensign 4 Life” are the opposite, as they turn to soft-rock and smooth melody sounds. Moon Unit includes rap, sounding closely similar to Limp Bizkit in tracks such as “Secret Squad” and “Grob Marley.” This wide range of genres proves that the underground group has incredible talent as they bend and shift genres.
Moon Unit’s debut album, Differences in Language and Lifestyle, is heavily 1980s rock-oriented but features a greater deal of genres and new sounds everyone can enjoy. Their quirky must-have lyrics of dinosaurs and odd things give an insight into their persona to fans, allowing them to feel a bond with the group. However, these peculiar characteristics do not mean people should underestimate the group’s ability to jump between genres, as they have managed to include a vast amount of sounds in a single album that flows incredibly well.