Untimely Demise – No Promise Of Tomorrow
Reviewed: December, 2018
The Kings of Kanadian Karnage! – The Frozen North Rides Forth!
This feature is so good, I had to name it twice! About once a year I indulge my patriotism and review a bunch of Canadian Metal releases. There has been a whole pile of albums recently released in the past few months and I want to help bring some exposure to these bands. There are bands of all styles and all genres from across the country in this feature. The bands covered in this feature are… (listed alphabetically)
Anvil (Toronto, ON)
Apprentice (Vancouver, BC)
Arctic Circle (Brandon, Manitoba)
Assault (Vancouver, BC)
Black Rat (Calgary, AB)
Cauldron (Toronto, ON)
Codex:Factoria (Vancouver, BC)
Dethgod (Calgary, AB)
Fractal Cypher (Montreal,Quebec)
Haiduk (Calgary, AB)
Iomair (Scarborough, ON)
Ice War (Ottawa, ON)
Leah (Vancouver, BC)
Lee Aaron (Vancouver, BC)
Malacoda (Oakville, ON)
Mongol (Edmonton, AB)
Ominous Eclipse (Ottawa, ON)
Skullfist (Toronto, ON)
Solborn (Edmonton, AB)
Thor (Vancouver, BC)
Trollwar (Alma, PQ)
Untimely Demise (Saskatoon, SK)
W.M.D (Calgary, AB)
Ye Goat-Herd Gods (Calgary, AB)
Please enjoy all the albums in this feature and check out all the talent Canada has to offer!
They say, if you want a job done, you have to do it yourself. Perhaps Untimely Demise took that old saying to heart with their new album, NO PROMISE OF TOMORROW. The band has just released their fourth, full-length album and they have stayed independent and true. After flirting with record labels a bit in the past, the band offers us another self-produced, (with the help of Justin Bender), self-released album.
The core of the Cuthbertson brothers (Murray and Matt) remains and they have switched the line-up a bit and have added Adam Sweeny and James Burton. My immediate reaction is that album is a bit more fierce than the last one. The vocals are heavier and gruffer and the songs slightly more intense. It’s funny, I said that about their last album as well, so they seem to be getting a touch heavier each album!
Sometimes independent albums can be hindered by budgetary restriction (a fancy way of saying a band has no money), but these guys always spare no expense. It comes in a jewel-case, full colour booklet with pictures and lyrics, totally professional design, layout and presentation and for the time in a row a gorgeous Ed Repka cover. Another bonus is that the new album is longer and has more songs. It is the longest to date at over 45 minutes and eleven songs so maybe that helps contribute to my perception of being more intense.
The album is heavy as hell, although there is a bit of a respite on the cut, ‘Live It And Breath It’, with a slower, more melodic introduction segment and a nice acoustic guitar flavoured exit piece. ‘Far From Grace’ has an acoustic intro as well, but by and large the album is full-on, heads down thrash. The guitar lines in some places are very melodic and tasteful, giving some songs a bit of breathing space, before diving back into the pit.
When some people talk about the ‘retro-thrash resurgence’ (now going on for 15+ years) they often speak of the bright lights of Havok, Warbringer, Evile, and all those bands signed to bigger labels and getting bigger tours. I believe that Untimely Demise from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada is as good, or better, than any of those bands and NO PROMISE OF TOMORROW sees them doing it there way on their own terms and kicking ass in the process.