Initially forming in 1993 in Næstved, Denmark, Withering Surface was at its height, one of the most successful Danish melodic death metal bands at the time. The band released four albums. A couple with mixed reviews while the others were stellar. The group disbanded in 2004, playing their final farewell show in early 2005.
Nothing good really ever goes away for too long. It will always find its way back in some form or another. The same rings true for Withering Surface with their latest album, MEET YOUR MAKER. This is an album that does not try to reinvent the wheel but draws upon the inspirations of the band’s early releases. And while they do harken back to another era well, MEET YOU MAKER is as fresh sounding as ever. Just enough modernism to let the listener know that this is not just another regrouping for a quick buck.
I had gotten into the Gothenburg style pretty heavy back in the day. I still enjoy it, however, in smaller doses these days for no other reason than too many genres, too little time. So it has been a piece since I have given this style a good listen. MEET YOUR MAKER has just reopened that door for me, which I have thoroughly enjoyed opening.
MEET YOU MAKER is a superb album that offers all of the best aspects of the genre, speed, heaviness, and melody. All wrapped up neatly into some incredibly catchy riffs and passages. Withering Surface has also reimagined the 80’s Heart classic “Alone.” One, you will not recognize right off the bat as I did not either. Even after a couple of listens, but after reading about it, it is clear now. Amazing track! This is not a throwback, but a look ahead. A look ahead at what a great band can accomplish even after a 15-year hiatus.
So if you are into the likes of early In Flames, Scar Symmetry, Dark Tranquility, The Moaning, Soilwork, At The Gates, and the equivalents thereof, checking out the latest Withering Surface has to offer is a no-brainer. For you younger metalheads, if you are not aware of the class Scandinavian metal sound, here you go! This is what you have been missing.
Jakob Gundel – Drums
Allan Tvedebrink – Guitars
Michael H. Andersen – Vocals
Morten Lybecker – Keyboards
Jesper Kvist – Bass
Marcel Lech Lysgaard – Guitars