Clearly, the Unseen's shouted slogans don't reward literal interpretation. With their gaudy peacockery (spike-studded jackets, saw-blade haircuts) and violent threats ("if terror's what you represent, terror's what you're gonna get"), street-punk bands can be just as theatrical as black-metal acts. The Unseen isn't actually assaulting authority figures any more than Goatwhore conducts satanic sacrifices. But this lyrical content often proves cathartic for its performers ("Playing punk keeps me sane") and empowering for its disenfranchised fans. Purists swear by the early albums, as purists are wont to do, but the Unseen's recent releases contain welcome traces of nuance, and thanks to producer Ken Casey, they no longer sound as if they were recorded direct-to-boom-box.