Cannibal Corpse, Morbid Angel, Tomb Mold, Frozen Soul, Undergang
April 22, 2022
Debatably, death metal lost its way when it began to incorporate elements from various different genres. But in recent years, the old school sound has had a massive resurgence and one band smashing it are Undeath who are back with their sophomore album ‘It’s Time… to Rise from the Grave’.
This is a band which have got their sound down to a tee; with ‘It’s Time…’ this is old-school death metal done properly and flawlessly and without any sense of pretention or trying to be something they’re not. Yes of course, there’s lots of hero worship going on here and why wouldn’t there be? They’ve learnt from the very best at what they do as tracks such as ‘Head Splattered in Seven Ways’, ‘Rise from the Grave’ and ‘Tramped Headstones’ have all the enjoyability of Cannibal Corpse, Tomb Mold and Morbid Angel as riff after riff pummels the listener like a sledgehammer cracking the skull of the shambling dead.
Yes, of course this means that there isn’t anything here that the listener will not have heard before, everything here has been wheeled out before in death metal. However, this doesn’t matter because ‘It’s Time…’ is absolutely stunning and delivered with such panache that the listener will find themselves playing it over and over again.
"riff after riff pummels the listener like a sledgehammer cracking the skull of the shambling dead"
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