Undead Creep is a band from Italy that plays death metal. After their self-titled demo in 2009, they have come out with their first full-length album, The Ever-Burning
Torch, which has a lot of Swedish metal influences, released on Dark Descent Records – just as their demo. At the start, let me dissect the opening track, “Immolated in Reincarnation”, which harkens directly back to the sepulchral force of Entombed and Dismember of the early ‘90s. Surges of vibrant evil are manifested through the predictable pace and drumming. The riffing has some good touches throughout. There is no unwanted atmosphere in the beginning of the track and the music starts with a punch. There are some leads in between but with an intention of balancing the fast pace. Undead Creep sure knows how to kick off an album, and then hold your attention for a
few tracks, like the grooving and thrashing of “God’s Disdain”. This track
is as good as listening to the band Carnage…straight out of the book, in terms of drumming style, vocals and also the bass lines. The song writing pattern is the same as Carnage. “Surrounded by Tombs” is a track which starts with an intro similar to Kataklysm’s “Where the Enemy Sleeps” from their album Shadows and Dust. It is a very interesting intro, but dies down quickly, following the same pattern of the previous track. For that matter, most of the songs sound similar as there
is no change in the drumming style. Further into the play list, the tunes just seem to retread into the previously-established rhythms and descend into forgetfulness, even if there is an occasional standout riff or two. The Ever-Burning Torch is not hurt by its ominous, dark production standards, which effectively channel the cavernous miasma of past works, and the vocals of Sandro Casu further officiate its authenticity, though they too unabashedly draw their inspiration from the usual suspects. Undead Creep have included their self-titled demo from 2009 as a bonus, and the sound there is only slightly rougher in execution, so there is an appreciable value to such completeness. Overall, drums range from slow, mid-paced to fast rhythms with a good amount of blast beats being thrown in at times,
while the synths, when they are utilized briefly on the first song, bring a very dark and atmospheric edge to the music. The bass has a very dark tone with riffs that follow what is coming out of the guitars. Vocals are a mixture of deep death metal growls and high-pitched screams, while the lyrics cover occultism, gore and violence. As for the production; it has a very dark, raw and heavy sound to it. Rhythm guitars range from slow, mid-paced to fast Swedish-style death metal riffs that are
also melodic at times, while the lead guitars are very distorted and melodic. Though I would not like to compare the styles or bands; unfortunately Undead Creep has forced me to draw parallels, with all due respect to their talent. They have done a good job, but did not appeal that much, as there are not many variations in the songs. The Ever Burning Torch is not a bad album, but for fans who have been into this genre for a very long time, it may not appeal as much as seeing something refreshing. But for the newer generation, who have not checked
out bands similar to this or other old-school bands may appreciate this. Give it a try and you can have a good head-banging session!!!!