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Review: Evildead - The Underworld
The Underworld

Label: SPV
Year released: 1991
Duration: 42:52
Tracks: 11
Genre: Thrash Metal


Review online: May 14, 2006
Reviewed by: Sirliftsalot48
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Rated 4.17/5 (83.33%) (12 Votes)

After 2 years Evildead come roaring back with their sophomore album. This would also end up being their last studio album. It's a shame this band only recorded 2 studio albums because both of them are so good. The band departed a little bit from the lyrics about horror movies and random shooting sprees to have lyrics about social issues. War, global warming, and rough ghetto neighborhoods are all lyrical subject on this album. I like the way that the lyrics make me feel like by just listening to this album, I'm making the world a better place.

The band feels just as tight as on the previous album. The riffs are brutal and heavy. Juan Garcia, formally of Agent Steel, still crushes your face with riffs. It seems like he has a never ending supply of really catchy riffs that can get stuck in your head. The bass is also very well played and mixed nicely into the sound allowing you to hear it clearly without getting it drowned out by the other instruments. Phil Flores vocals sound pissed off as ever. What this album lacks though is the magic that the first album had. The band doesn't seem like they are having fun, like they did on Annihilation of Civilization. They seem like they are angry and trying to get their message across while pummeling the listener with riffs, solos, and bass lines. This doesn't make this album bad at all, it just doesn't give it that "it" factor that makes the first one playable over and over again until your neck is wrecked.

The Underworld is a good album that has great riffs and delivers some insightful lyrics. I think it did exactly what Evildead wanted, which was to write a great album that could get people thinking about politics and world issues. For my money I prefer horror movies and driveby shootings while under the influence, but your opinion may differ. Standout tracks include Global Warming, Welcome to Kuwait, and the excellent cover of the Scorpions' He's a Woman/She's a Man, with the latter song sounding less pissed off and not having the political feel of the other songs. This is a great thrash album that should not be missed by fans of the genre. The Underworld is enjoyable for everyone else as well, but not as stellar as their debut.

More about Evildead...
Review: Annihilation of Civilization (reviewed by Sirliftsalot48)
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