UTBURD – THE HORRORS UNTOLD – SATANATH
This doom/death band’s album becomes better and more appealing with each subsequent attempt because a certain number of strong riffs and beats come to the fore. With that said, all is not perfect.
The album begins with the strumming of Scorpions’ Holiday, no joke, but is soon underway with its extreme heaviness. There is much here that is serious and crushing, but unfortunately the album also comes with the usual amount of acoustic strumming, synthesizers that here sound like Pan-Thy-Monium, wind and howls and whispering voices talking about who knows what? This is why despite strong riffs this album deserves no more than a seventy grade. Interestingly, while solid riffs exist the band dips in and out of them via simpler harmonies. Additionally, this being a solo act the drum machine reigns, which is lame. All of that aside, there is much heaviness, brutal riffs even on a weaker track like Waiting For Death Is Worse. The album ends with an instrumental version of He Who Paint (sic) In Red. Apparently, the blue-tinged album is comprised of nineteenth century horror tales. Fans of early Paradise Lost, Nightfall, etc. should find something here. – Ali “The Metallian”