Susperia - _Unlimited_
by: Quentin Kalis (
Previous albums contained a black metal influence, presumably a leftover from Tjodalv’s days as a drummer for Dimmu Borgir (whose more personal and intimate style is considerably better than Nick Barker’s relentless and soulless pounding). These black metal influences have been abrogated in favour of a thrashy and more accessible sound, not at all dissimilar to Testament -- so alike, in fact, that it is practically impossible to discuss the album without mentioning this. Be that as it may, it is still instantly recognisable as Susperia. Combined with their fairly technical skills and use of melody (but not nearly as much as, say, older In Flames) the potential for mainstream metal success is great. By all accounts _Unlimited_ appears to be Susperia's breakthrough album, the one that will allow them to be recognised as a band in their own right and not simply as a project "with that Dimmu Borgir drummer". The next album will probably see them reach greater heights -- maybe Tjodalv will even be able to compete with his old band in terms of album sales.
(article published 12/13/2004)
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