Monday, January 16, 2017

LP Review: "Battle Through Time" by Undrask

Battle Through Time
Lately my daughter has been obsessed with the Hotel Transylvania movies.

So, I've been seeing a great many "hilarious" takes on the classic monsters many of us grew up watching. Considering that she is not one to enjoy being scared yet, do you think she'd enjoy watching Frankenstein ransack a town of villagers?

Or see him being chased away by villagers with torches?

That leads me to thinking about Frankenstein, or as it should be said, Frankenstein's Monster.

How many bands in this day and age aren't just that? Well, really all of them are because you have, presumably, a few distinct personalities and styles that meld this whole song together and make it one.

So, Undrask is RIYL Carcass, Early In Flames, and Amon Amarth.

More often than not, when you hear that kind of statement, there's just this tiny little resemblance to each of these bands.

In the case of North Carolina's Undrask, it's on a whole other level.

There's a very clear influence from all three of these bands, but when taken together, there's a unique band that doesn't sound like the RIYL crew.

If your favorite part of Carcass is Bill Steer's dexterous solos on the neck pick up?

Undrask has you covered.

If your favorite part of Amon Amarth is the vocal style and the second is the idea of storytelling, well then, again, Undrask has you covered.

When you listen to In Flames, if you're thinking, wow these melodic riffs are amazing, then Undrask has you covered.

Forging one's own style is a very hard thing to do, but the use of one's influences is how it starts. After all, potassium is just potassium, until you throw it in the lake and it explodes.

Release: 1/27/17
Genre: Melodic Death Metal
Label: DIY
Formats: CD/Digital

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