Unconscious Disturbance has its roots in Brazil, settling in to the path that would lead to Brooklyn in 1996. That was when drummer Daniel Freiberg and guitarist Patrick Caracas met and started playing music together; they were eight years of age.
The early musicality enjoyed by two youngsters exploring the magic of sound has progressed to 2012 and the full formation of a powerful, technically-proficient heavy band well worth checking out. Their Mind’s Corner is their first major studio release and it reveals Unconscious Disturbance as a varied and clever quintet.
Caracas and Freiberg are still holding it down, but the band has fleshed out with Fadel Dabien (bass), Frederico Carneiro (vocals) and Daniel’s younger brother Kiko Freiberg (guitars).
It is immediately apparent that Unconscious Disturbance is a band not only steeped in a sense of family and friendship but a band steeped in many different musical traditions. Elements of Brazilian music and Latin jazz collide with traditional hardcore and heavy metal components to fuse together as one concrete sensibility.
The band really knows how to craft a song and how to stretch it out, illuminating the gift with “The Condor” and never looking back throughout Mind’s Corner. The first piece is a nine-minute session of throat-shredding vocals and torment, at least initially, but the group deconstructs the fury to parse a spacious instrumental that reveals classical guitar chops and Daniel Freiberg’s vigorous drumming.
“Flip” may well be one of the best heavy tracks of the year. It tucks a Latin vibe into its invigorating foundation, adding splashes of colour for a lingering instrumental corridor that gives way to an abrupt change at nearly six minutes in. Unconscious Disturbance showcases not just great songcraft but a tremendous understanding of changing dynamics, delivering 10 minutes of music highlighted by patience and some awe-inspiring work on the kit.
There’s also “Musa,” a compelling track that rock with another forceful interlude and Freiberg’s hammering snare-and-cymbal bombardment. The fretwork is stunning, but it’s Dabien’s bass-playing that stands out. He alters the tone of his instrument cleverly, shifting from groove-oriented playing to more percussive slap-bass.
With so many bands trudging through the heftier side of rock, Unconscious Disturbance opens the doors wide to experimentation. Their Mind’s Corner is a terrific record, one of the very best in heavy music from 2012, cementing these dudes as a band to watch (and hear) for years to come.