UNDERTAKERS - SUFFERING WITHIN - CRYPTIC SOUL
Ah, good old, pure, undiluted, genuine death metal; a matter of pride. Emerging from Italy, and bearing a professional outlook on things, the five-piece has released an album which is through and through death metal. Featuring tracks like Immortal Invocation, Beyond The Dreams and my personal favourite Killing Machine, the Undertakers have released an album that fills the gap between the Cannibal Corpse and Malevolent Creation albums. The band's music and vocals bear resemblances to the two American acts and that sector is where they will have to draw their fan base from. The guitars on the album, unfortunately, suffer from a bland and rather impersonal sound and the band would do well were it to improve this. All in all then there are no surprises on this, but that very fact is the surprise of 1997. When in the record store it is the album with red all over. - Ali "The Metallian"