Despite what you may be thinking about the hentai-esque cover, Norway’s From Below aren’t a generic pornogrind band. Rather, they are a unique mix of melodic death and groove metal, with shades of hardcore thrown in for good measure, and Undying shows the band is in strong form.
El Goro and I looked at From Below’s first EP, I Arise, several years ago on Sons of Metal and enjoyed it quite a bit. Needless to say when they sent their newest EP, Undying, I was ready to give it a listen.
True to expectations, opener Venom drips with aggression and spits ferocity like a hungry snake that’s been shipped across the country. Thick bass lines and slamming riffs pummel with intensity and are sure to put a few cricks in the listener’s neck. The song ends somewhat abruptly, but otherwise it’s a rager.
The title track slows things down a bit, settling into a comfortable groove rhythm. Enjoy the breather, because Juggernaut lives up to its name. This unrelenting beast of a track will tear you a new one if you let it.
Closer Empty Eyes returns to the mid-tempo groove, but would be good fodder for a circle pit. It’s the most diverse song on the album, leaning the closest to traditional melodeath rather than the previous three.
Undying shows solid growth for From Below. I’m hoping they get picked up by a label at some point and get the funds to put out a full-length in the near future. The EPs are definitely solid, but they fly by and leave you wanting more. Folks wanting a different take on melodic death metal or hardcore would do well to give Undying (as well as the previously-released I Arise) a listen.
Special thanks to the band for the complementary review copy.