Chuck Schuldiner Project

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Undergang - Doden Laeger Alle Sar

With a vile crunch undermining the low pitched vocals and buzzing guitars accenting the breakneck rhythms Undergang get Northern European death metal. Their latest offering – the wholly unholy Doden Laeger Alle Sar is the kind of filth that lies in every metalheads iPod – demented and bleak, yet also incredibly vital. What I'm trying to say – I think – is that with Doden Laeger Alle Sar Undergang go for the throat. There is something distinctly disturbing about this band – and that's what makes them so much fun to listen too.

The dungeon level production in this case only seems to help the music. It helps to create a total atmosphere of eradication and chokes the listener to death. Listening to the desecrated sonic offerings this band conjure up is an experience to say the least. While Undergang represent the pinnacle of a movement it's hard to define exactly what make them so fascinating to my ear beyond those low, deeply ominous growls and the stunning breakdowns where every beat feels like a sledgehammer bein taken straight to your ribs. Ooh – perhaps I figured it out just there – the magic of Undergang is in the violence these aural atrocities seem to gleefully propagate.

Rumbling and crude Doden Laeger Alle Sar leaves a surprisingly powerful impact on the listener. This record is heavy to the point of being alienating at times, it doesn't feel tight at all, but again – that's part of the point. These Danish death metal dealers are creating a sound that is devastating, it groans along like so much muck and then suddenly drags you in. Stolen straight from the old school Undergang have managed to craft and refine their soundworlds to justify invigorating death – and I have to say – I've kind of fallen in love.

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