1. B.A.T.H.O.R.I.
  2. Beastial Desires
  3. Black Banners
  4. Undead Unsouls Unbound
  5. Strychgnostic Madness
STRYCHNOS - Undead Unsouls Unbound

GENRE: Death metal
COUNTRY: Denmark
LABEL: F.D.A. Rekotz
YEAR: February 20th, 2011

RATING: 7/10

Strychnos has a history that goes back to 1998. In spite of that it's limited what the band has put out so far. Undead Unsouls Unbound is actually also the first I've heard of the Danes' music. The style is somewhat difficult to put in a box, but overall the music is death metal. The four-piece mix black metal and bits and pieces of heavy metal and thrash metal in there as well.

Saying that the music is uncommon may be making a mountain out of a molehill, but the music is not too typical. The songs are diverse and overall I like the song-writing. There are lots of good riffs and catchy parts to make the music exciting. I like when the four-piece plays fast, although it's not all that fast measured against today's standards. The music has an obvious old school ring to it, and I like that.

The production is thick and juicy. It profits the music as it gives it a dense and obscure feel. The band uses a few samples now and then. These add to the gloomy feel that the songs have, but at the same time the samples annoy. Especially the German sample at the start of "Beastial Desires" is bad, but it's not something that spoils the music overall.

Undead Unsouls Unbound is a solid EP that is well worth getting if you like murky death metal with a catchy feel.

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