|Classic Review: Vital Remains - Forever Underground|
Label: Century Media
Year released: 1997
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: December 30, 2008
Reviewed by: Hermer Arroyo
Rated 4.19/5 (83.81%) (21 Votes)
This is the first album with Dave Suzuki in the ranks of Vital Remains. He did the drums and guitar solos on the album and continues to do so to this day. Tony Lazaro did the rhythm guitars, Joe Lewis handled the bass and vocals.
As far as musicianship goes, these guys don't screw around. They are freaking masters at what they do, creating an album that features fast drums with riffs that will penetrate your skull and doesn't let go, not even for a second. Leads that make you stand in awe with bass lines that you can hear. One special mention about the vocalist: This guy just simply RULES no doubt about it, better than Glenn Benton was on his albums with the band. His vocal lines are brutal but understandable, you can hear what he is singing and he is sounding very pissed off.
But none of this would have mattered if the songs were mediocre and thankfully they are not. One of the things that I like about this band is their versatility in their songwriting showing a great range of variety in their songs. They all feature a perfect blend of beauty and brutality "I am God" being one perfect example in which they used acoustic guitars to enhance the song and its power. You will always find something to headbang to in every song, NO exceptions.
Even thought there are only five songs on this album they all are very good. The style of the song is what you come to expect: epic and long, and for a Death Metal album this is an impressive feat. Lyrically this is Satanic, Anti-Christian and that you'll love and expect from this band.
The only negative that I found was "Farewell to the Messiah", despite the ultra cool title this is nothing other than a minute and a half of annoying elevator music. Why couldn't they make a song rather than waste precious CD space?
But this is a minor complaint and it cannot hold back such a strong album. Forever Underground and it has nothing to envy to other bands. It's a shame they don't do those songs anymore, they are just as good as Dechristianize and Icons of Evil. Maybe the will do these songs in a near future, one can only hope.
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