Released: 2015, Dark Descent Records
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
If you like death metal that sounds old school enough that you’d think you’re listening to a demo tape from the band’s early days, but are really listening to their third full length release, then look no further than Denmark’s Undergang.
This is a band who have only been around since 2008 but have managed to sound like Bolt Thrower in their days where they breached the gap between Grindcore and Death Metal. Anyone old enough to remember that will know what I mean. This is a band so aware of the basics of their genre they have kept such sounds alive for the sake of reminding people just where their music comes from.
Opening track: ‘Døden læger alle sår’ made me wonder if this was really a compilation of old demo tapes but it delivered excellent death metal with good dark themes that would please anyone new to the scene or any veterans. ‘Jomfrublodbad’ felt like a fresh sound of death metal engineered from all the right elements of the early days of the genre. This continues on through all the tracks with the exception of ‘Radbraekket’ which is slower but nowhere near the realms of Deathcore. This is pure European death metal, something I always look out for when seeking out new bands.
‘Gravrust’ and ‘Dodsfald’ both have plenty of replay value because they are catchy and memorable and will stick in your head very quickly, making this one of those records which you would need to own in order to tell your friends exactly why you go for this kind of music, and to share with them to hope they see the proverbial light as well.
This is an album you need to own in order to explain why people find the death metal genre so fascinating and addictive. It is all the best old school elements melded together to give you all the right reasons to join the ranks of many a keen death metal fan and carry the flag on into the future.
Review by Demitri Levantis