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UNEXPECT

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Montréal's Symphonic Black Metal combo UNEXPECT were formed in 1996 when they were briefly known as UNEXPECTED. The founding duo of guitarist Artagoth and bassist Zircon would be joined later that year by guitarist Syriak and drummer Ben Gélinas. The arrival of the new recruits signalled the shortening of the band's moniker as well as a move away from their early Thrash Metal roots. Ben Gélinas was fired towards the end of 1997 due to personal differences and replaced by Lunorin.

The beginning of 1998 saw keyboard player Merzenya and violinist Le Bateleur added to the ranks to give more texture to the rapidly growing musical diversity of the band, and was further enhanced by the arrival of female vocalist Elda. With this line-up UNEXPECT entered the studio for the first time in the Summer of 1998 to record their debut album 'Utopia'. The self-financed offering would be released by the band independently the following year.

Guitarist Syriak took a break from UNEXPECT activities in 2000 to hook up with Montréal Melodic Black Metal outfit MAGISTER DIXIT as a keyboard player and duly appeared on the band's debut album 'Andar And The Curse of Azagath'.

In 2001 UNEXPECT encountered a major change in personnel as Elda, Merzenya and founding member Zircon all left the band. At this juncture Lunorin announced a change of name to ExoD and gave up the drum stool to became the band's new keyboard player. Zircon's bass duties were taken by ChaotH, whilst Leïlindel was named as the new vocalist. But it wasn't until 2003 that a permanent drummer was found in Landryx.

The revamped UNEXPECT would record the four song mini-album '_We, Invaders' with producer Yannick St-Amand, which saw a November 2003 release in North America though Canadian label Galy Records. Included would be a new version of 'In Velvet Coffins We Sleep', a song that first appeared on the band's 1999 debut 'Utopia' album.

In May of 2004 UNEXPECT signed a deal with Salt Lake City-based The End Records. July saw the band play the 'Northern Lights 2004' festival in Toronto, and another festival appearance, at the Trois-Rivières Metal Fest in November, concluded live activities for the year.

A new album, 'In A Flesh Aquarium', would be crafted at the Studio Hertzquake in Laval, Québec, with recordings taking place throughout much of 2005. The band would take time out to play a handful of Canadian live shows during the Summer, then in October UNEXPECT appeared at the 'Day Of The Equinox' festival in Toronto alongside label mates GREEN CARNATION, AGALLOCH and NOVEMBERS DOOM. The band partnered with AUGURY for Canadian touring in April 2006.

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