Ah, Canada…our neighbors to the north, the home of countless hockey fanatics, mostly free healthcare, the highly-irritating songstress/banshee known as Céline Dion, mostly free healthcare, and the longest coast line in the world. The whole damn country was once made the somewhat undeserved target of ridicule in that South Park movie (who can forget the flip-top heads?), and a lot of the more redneck individuals here in the U.S. apparently hate Canada because it’s obviously (see also, “allegedly”) a bit superior in many ways, when it comes to simple quality of living. The country’s main exports include wheat, canola, zinc, uranium, late/great, deceased funnymen John Candy and Leslie Neilsen and Aliens director, James Cameron…as well as, apparently, vastly-underrated death/thrash bands that have the ability to melt brains and tear faces off with the ease that a Mounty’s rifle shot would tear through flesh. Yes, that’s right, true believers. A country that was once inhabited by Aboriginal people for millennia is now apparently spawning some grade-A, mosh-inspiring hordes hell-bent to thrash our skulls wide-fucking-open, and leave us ravenously begging for more!
From the bowels of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan comes Untimely Demise. In a musical vein combining the unbridled fury of legends like Carcass and Death, the trio injects a bit of a more straight-ahead metal delivery and possesses a vocal approach that bears just as many similarities to the legendary Kreator and Megadeth as it does to the likes of newer, like-minded outfits like Arch Enemy, Toxic Holocaust or Skeletonwitch. With their sound quickly forging its way onto the Canadian metal charts, it’s like these three guys have effectively resurrected the good Dr. Frankenstein’s morbid art of digging up disembodied, limbs and stitching them together. Only this beast is half cold-hearted Swedish death, half raise-your-beer-in-the-air-and-mosh, old school Bay Area thrash.
The band’s debut full-length record, City Of Steel (Sonic Unyon Metal), bears cover artwork by the massively talented Ed Repka (see: the cover of Megadeth’s Rust In Peace), the production fruits of ex-Megadeth/King Diamond guitarist Glen Drover (who also tears through several of the solos found here) and unleashes around thirty-two minutes of violent, thrashing death atrocities upon the front lines with an arsenal ranging from melodic (the early portion of “The Unmaker“, which eventually erupts into full-throttle madness), to the more flat-out merciless numbers like opener “Virtue In Death”, “Streets of Vice” or the steel-wielding, battle-ready closer, “Bloodsoaked Mission“. From start to finish, it seems apparent that Untimely Demise could very well venture into a more technical direction, but the raw madness of City Of Steel gets the job done in glorious fashion with the bludgeoning precision of a surgery via rusty chainsaw.
When all is said and done, it is blatantly clear how Untimely Demise have garnered the amount of attention they have to this point. Like most more locally-based acts, they may only have a die-hard following in Canada at this point, but it’s only a matter of time before their furious message spreads further into the states or overseas. With City Of Steel, the band might not have reinvented the wheel or reconstructed much, in the way of the gnarled face of their genre, but killing is their business, and goddamn it…and business is most definitely good! Do not sleep!!