Friday, May 27, 2011


Coping with the Urban Coyote is the sole official release of Unida, the second post-Kyuss project featuring John Garcia, crunchier and more energetic than ever. What can you expect from a short lived band whose primary claim to fame is that the vocalist used to be in Kyuss? Unida delivers everything, especially riffs, they‘re fat, loud, and memorable. The Rhythm section is downright masterful, with some especially inspiring bass portions, and as for the voice of desert rock himself? If anything, Garcia’s voice has aged with style. In the 4 years since the breakup of Kyuss, he’s developed a fuller tone, with better expression and much more confidence. Tracks like “If Only Two”, and “Human Torpedo” feature a grittier, tougher Garcia, and a downright pounding rhythm.
The rhythm section delivers two downright monstrous performances in “If Only Two” and “You Wish”, and then a bunch of other solid backings in the other 6 tracks. The most remarkable thing about “Coping with the urban coyote” is that there isn’t a weak track to be seen. Even some of the best metal albums have the unnecessary ballad or the space-wasting filler. Unida has no need for such crutches. Being that It's referenced for both it’s stellar vocal performance and the quality of the rhythm section.

Unida - Coping With the Urban Coyote '99

01 - Thorn
02 - Black Woman
03 - Plastic
04 - Human Tornado
05 - If Only Two
06 - Nervous
07 - Dwarf It
08 - You Wish

Unida - The Great Divide 2001

This album got shelved due to company partner, Island/Def Jam, not seeing any potential in the album. As usual, the suits couldn't have been more wrong.

1. Puppet Man
2. Stray
3. Summer
4. King
5. Cain
6. Vince Fontaine
7. Hangman's Daughter
8. Glory Out
9. Slaylina
10. MFNO
11. Last Day
12. Trouble
13. Human Tornado
14. Thorn
15. Wet Pussycat