I thoroughly enjoyed 2020’s Lesions of a Different Kind, so now that the band are back with 36 minutes of festering new material, I’m ready. At least, I though I was; It’s Time...to Rise from the Grave is better than I could have hoped for.
Undeath’s brand of old-school death metal is played in the classic style. The music is song-focused and based around strong hooks and meaty choruses. None of the tracks last more than 4 minutes long, so there’s no time for any filler nonsense. Undeath get in, cause a bloodbath, and get out again.
The entire album is a cascade of flesh-eating riffs, monstrous death growls, and classic songwriting. Each track is short and brutal, but has multiple aspects that stand out to a fan of the genre. Undeath have crafted songs that have learned all they can from bands such as Cannibal Corpse, Suffocation, Morbid Angel, Bolt Thrower, Autopsy, Carcass, and the like, and on It’s Time...to Rise from the Grave they have applied that knowledge better than most other old-school death metal bands; these are songs, first and foremost, and everything about this album services that concept above any other consideration.
This is pure death metal played by people who clearly love the style and known it well. It sounds so authentically old-school, yet has a modern passion that’s infectious. The tracks roar by with rolling brutality and carnivorous skill, and before you know it you’re covered in entrails and the album’s done. Of course, the only sensible thing to do in such a situation is to press play again and embrace the carnage once more.
Listening to Undeath feels like it did to listen to a new, great death metal band in the 90s. I can think of no greater compliment than that in many ways. It’s Time...to Rise from the Grave is disgustingly good fun, and I urge you to check it out.