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Unto Others (ex-Idle Hands) Post New Single, “Downtown,” Announce Album, Strength

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Two singles, both fire: I’m way into the new music from Unto Others, the band formerly known as Idle Hands. Following the apostrophe-challenged “When Will Gods Work Be Done” last month, the band have returned with a grammatically perfect new track, “Downtown,” and announced their forthcoming album, Strength.

On “Downtown,” goth, new wave, dark wave and post-rock collide with metallic riffs that aren’t quite as forward as on the first single, but are present nonetheless. If someone asked me to describe Unto Others in one sentence I might say “Kinda like Tribulation but without the black metal vocals.” Everyone loves Tribulation so that’d surely stoke interest, and I’m confident everyone will like Unto Others too; this band is going places.

My only complaint on “Downtown” is the aggressively auto-tuned vocals. I know it’s commonplace these days, but I don’t know if I’ll ever get fully used to it. Surely singer Gabriel Franco’s raw vocal tracks weren’t so bad that so much fixing was necessary.

Check out the video for “Downtown” below. Strength comes out on September 24 via Roadrunner Records; pre-order here.

Unto Others will tour this fall with Behemoth, Arch Enemy, and Carcass unless the pandemic decides otherwise. Dates:

8/23 Los Angeles, CA @ Catch One (headline date)
9/28 Dublin, IE @ Olympia
9/30 Glasgow, UK @ o2 Academy
10/1 Manchester, UK @ o2 Apollo
10/2 Birmingham, UK @ o2 Academy
10/3 London, UK @o2 Brixton Academy
10/5 Paris, FR @ Zenith
10/6 Toulouse, FR @ Bikini
10/8 Lisbon, PT @ Sala Tejo
10/9 Madrid, ES @ Vistalegre Arena
10/10 Barcelona, ES @ Sant Jordi Club
10/12 Lyon, FR @ Le Radiant
10/13 Milano, IT @ Alcatraz
10/15 Berlin, DE @ Columbiahalle
10/16 Prague, CZ @ Tipsport Arena
10/17 Katowice, PL @ MCK
10/19 Budapest, HU @ Barba Negra
10/20 Vienna, AT @ Gasometer
10/22 Ludwigsburg, DE @ MHP Arena
10/23 Den Bosch, NL @ Main Stage
10/24 Brussels, BE @ Forest National
10/26 Zurich, CH @ Samsung Hall
10/27 Frankfurt, DE @Jahrhunderthalle
10/29 Munich, DE @ Zenith
10/30 Dusseldorf, DE @ Mitsubishi Hall
10/31 Hamburg, DE @ Edel Optics Arena
11/1 Gothenburg, SE @ Partille Arena
11/3 Helsinki, FI @ Black Box Ice Hall
11/5 Stockholm, SE @ Annexet
11/6 Copenhagen, DK @ Forum Black Box
11/7 Oslo, NO @ Rockefeller

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