Hostile lyrics, a sick sense of humor, dirty and dark riffs and flashy solos highlight “City Of Steel” by Untimely Demise. Bloody thrash and tints of groove metal collide to create the perfect environment for undead nazis and commies to wage war. “City Of Steel” (Sonic Unyon Metal) was produced by Glen Drover of King Diamonnd/Megadeth fame, who really seems to get what this band is about. Drover guests with his always ripping leads throughout the album and nothing feels forced. The core band of bassist Murray Cuthbertson, drummer Scott Cross and guitarist/vocalist Matt Cuthbertson create a fun, raw racket that should appeal to fans of Kreator, Skeletonwitch and Megadeth alike (Matt’s often raspy vocals calling Skeletonwitch to mind). There’s even some parts that sound like Pro-Pain backup vocals. Occasionally they sort of hover between sounding like “Colony”-era In Flames in a tug of war with early Megadeth, which is pretty rad.
“City Of Steel” is high energy and carries a lot of punch, very in your face and raw. The very metal tones of Untimely Demise are contrasted to the cleaner, soaring leads to good effect. The album also doesn’t overstay its’ welcome and it is easy to listen to every track. You’ll find yourself raging to the violent intro of the title track before it explodes into a straight-forward groove riff, enjoying the Skolnick/Peterson-esque intro of “Unmaker” and thrashing to the religion-skewering opening cut “Virtue In Death”. While not yet the top of the genre, this is a kick ass band who have loads of evil potential. This is certainly a good album for beefing up your thrash collection if you want to add another cool band into the mix. You simply can’t argue with the coolness of the snarled “Streets Of Vice” lyric ,”Greedy rats feast on your skin as you sleep in the filthy gutter”!
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