Last year the band The Unity become Newcomer Of The Year category by the two leading German metal magazines, Metal Hammer and Rock Hard. It was based on the self-titled debut album that really became a success. Now the German-Italian power metal act is after 1, 5 year back with a new album called Rise. I addition the two Gamma Ray members Michael Ehré (drums) and Henjo Richter (guitar) are members of The Unity now.
All these positive reactions encouraged The Unity in their decision to present a successor to their debut as quickly as possible. The new album surpass their debut in terms of homogeneity, diversity and compositional standards. Rise features haunting uptempo numbers such as Last Betrayal and No Hero. The Unity refusing to compromise in terms of speed and toughness without sacrificing catchy melodies. The same applies to the contemporary Road To Nowhere with its progressive flair and the radio-compatible The Storm, which Ehré describes as hard rock with pop appeal. The Willow Tree is the first ballad in the history of The Unity, a novelty for this band which is getting ready to take off again.