|Review: Undead - False Prophecies|
Label: Listenable Records
Year released: 2015
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: July 18, 2015
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Rated 4.8/5 (96%) (5 Votes)
The band named Undead from "somewhere" is much like Sweden's Ghost; they are hidden under ominous hoods that reveal nothing about their real identities or where they are from. They let their music do the talking and everything else seems to be secondary. I am completely fine with that.
On the band's debut album, False Prophecies, the five hooded men have gone back to the times of old school Death Metal and come up with a cross between Death's Leprosy, Martin van Drunen-era Pestilence/Asphyx and Morgoth's Eternal Fall/Cursed era. Yes, it's a great mixture of some early times Death, some Pestilence and some Asphyx. Imagining the Leprosy album if Martin van Drunen had replaced Chuck Schuldiner back in 1988 will give you a rough idea of how Undead sounds; damn tight, brutal and melodic, hungry and kick-ass all the way.
You could really call False Prophecies a tasteful tribute to one of the best Death Metal albums ever released and that's of course Leprosy. Each song on False Prophecies follows the strict guidelines of the Leprosy record when it comes to the song structures that were the trademarks of that brilliant album. Nothing has been done half-way. In all honesty I feel like this is how true Death Metal should sound with appreciation for the musical legacy that Chuck Schuldiner left behind.
Along with Gruesome's Savage Land, Undead's False Prophecies is yet another fine piece of Death adoration that has incorporated the classic Death Metal sound quite deeply. Yep, Chuck's spirit is alive (the vinyl version has a cover of Death's "Choke on It" as a bonus) and you can feel it on False Prophecies. Besides we all love Death, don't we?
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