Chuck Schuldiner Project

Friday, February 17, 2023

Kruelty - Untopia


Do you ever hear a death metal album and think to yourself, 'This is without a doubt the best death metal record that will come out all year'? Because that's how I feel about this new album from Kruelty. It builds on their early promise to absolutely crush skulls with a truly impressive offering that is larger than life and punishingly heavy. Kruelty prove on Untopia that they have what it takes to deliver death metal with the best of them and this absolutely massive sounding offering is a veritable monolith of inhumanity, a record that is going to keep listeners fascinated for years to come. 

Hardcore fringes collide with incredibly brutal gutturals and some wonderfully chunky vocal deliveries to set Untopia in a realm of its own. The guitars are immaculate for what it's worth. It's hard not to be drawn into a record that is as bone snapping as this one. It's a record that eagerly leans into all of its heaviest elements and forces listeners to choke on the bitter pill of their own humanity. This is death metal done right, absolutely terrifying and utterly eviscerating. Kruelty understand the magic that death metal can have when done properly and it's hard not to be enamored with the gut churning assault that they bring to the table here. 

Kruelty are a one of a kind force in the underground and their unrelenting assault makes Untopia a special album. Devastating and surprisingly mournful lyrics like the plaintive cry of "We've got nowhere to go!" on the title track speaks to the emotional depth and surprising resonance of this band. Kruelty are going to grind your bones to dust. Letting yourself get choked out by this misery and revel in the pit of blackness that they bring to the table is delightful. This is death metal done right, perfectly fitting into the modern context and if you don't like it, then you can get the fuck out.

Pre-order the album!

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