Unpure - _Trinity in Black_
(Drakkar Productions, 2001)
by: Quentin Kalis (8 out of 10)
Unpure are a Swedish trio who are obviously huge Celtic Frost fans, as the Swiss masters' influence permeates every aspect of this album, with some riffs sounding as if they were lifted straight from the _To Mega Therion_ recording sessions. That said, Unpure are by no means a glorified second rate Celtic Frost tribute band. Far from it. The Celtic Frost influences are contained well within the perimeters of their own sound, manifesting mainly in the rhythmic riffing that acts as the bedrock for each song. Thrash elements are also present, but it must be said that this is not the retro thrash currently peddled by the likes of Bewitched. The thrash influences, combined with the Celtic Frost influences, suggest a band that is firmly rooted in the past, but _Trinity in Black_ is a surprisingly modern-sounding record. Their mixture of the old and the new suggests a band in tune with its influences and roots yet not afraid to advance the music that they have come to love. One day they may very well join the exalted ranks of fellow Swedes At the Gates and Dark Tranquillity as purveyors of quality music. They're pretty close.

(article published 3/7/2002)

1/2/1997 S Hoeltzel 8 Unpure - Coldland
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