Underthreat - _Deathmosphere_
(HateWorks, 2006)
by: Quentin Kalis (8 out of 10)
Underthreat may be a thrashy melodic death metal band, but don't skip to the next review just yet, as _Deathmosphere_ is actually a fairly solid album of no little merit. Sure, those thrashy melodies filtered through Gothenburg death sound just like those by virtually any other band in the genre one could care to mention, but Underthreat possess an exuberance most lack, with the result that it is impossible not to be drawn into their up-tempo numbers. A production that is neither too raw nor overly polished, and an uncanny ability to negotiate a tightrope between aggression and melody have resulted in possibly the strongest entrant to the genre that I have heard in ages -- even if the riffs do start to sound just a bit too similar to each other after a while. I would never have thought that one of the stronger melodeath acts would have originated in Colombia; then again, who would have thought that a Brazilian band would have been the biggest metal band of the '90s?

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(article published 31/10/2008)

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