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Back From the Underground - 100%

EsotericSpiritCan, March 3rd, 2018

No word can possibly express the thrill I feel for the birth of this record... As a fan of almost ten years, it was very disappointing news back then to know that the melodic thrashers of Sweden had split up (fans didn't know in retrospect that it would be temporary). It was quite a disappointing shift considering the fact that at that time we also saw the split of Dismember, Nevermore, and Metalium--all bands that I love. And who can forget to mention the curtains closing on Theatre of Tragedy and Celtic frost a few years prior, and the sudden absence of Galloglass as if the entire band got swallowed by a power metal dragon somewhere back in the "Ancient Times"? The split of the Swedish melodic-thrashers was not any easier.

It is common knowledge that the disbanding of legends and pioneers is nothing new in the world of metal. But, nor is the chance of resurrection for such bands who then crawl out of their graves and come back with new dirges for our ears that, oftentimes, sound even better the second time around. Subjectively, I argue that this is the case with Decadence in the underground.

Undergrounder carries on further along the lines of the band's last two albums. But it is much more aggressive and to the point, very similar to the newer albums of Kreator. Some thrashers don't tend to like this level of technicality, but for those who enjoy it, Undergrounder has lots to offer.

Metallic Kitty's voice is very raspy and blends in with the guitars really well. She doesn't dabble as much into the death metal growling like in previous albums. They're somewhat reminiscent of Angelripper and Mille Petrozza in style but without a doubt uniquely her own distinguishable voice that's equally aggressive and melodic.

Undergrounder speaks to fans about going through life and not always being appreciated, thus either trying harder or choosing to step away. Example songs are: One More Fight and Always the Most Extreme. Steam City explores the subject of living in a systematic and urban setting as a challenged individual. Its lyrics are somewhat metaphorical which allow room for interpretation, thus speaking to listeners' personal issues. Such subliminal-style lyrics are present throughout the whole album.

Decadence is definitely an experimental band with thrash metal at the core of its heart. Thankfully, much of this thrash metal is unleashed on Undergrounder, promising an even further progression for the band and their fans.