"Evilusion" (Pavement/Crash Music; 2002)

Reviewed by Christopher J. Kelter

I'll be honest with you. I had no idea what to expect when I first heard Undercroft's "Evilusion." The cover artwork really didn't give me a whole lot to go on and certainly the name Undercroft wasn't too indicative of the band's music either. I might have guessed what Undercroft sounded like knowing that they were on the Pavement/Crash label, but I try to avoid presuming what a band sounds like based on label alone.

Undercroft, hailing from Chile, share a lot in common with the style of death metal played by Sepultura. Undercroft are basically a straightforward metal band with churning riffs and a lot of percussion up in the mix. The band keeps things very tight and it is easy to admire the band for their technical skills.

Undercroft manage to keep things interesting throughout the eleven tracks as the band barely exceeds the 32-minute mark for the entire CD. Eight tracks are under three minutes long; only two tracks exceed three minutes and only one track exceeds four minutes. So it goes without saying that Undercroft are basically a "go in for the quick kill and remove the body before anyone notices" type of band.

Undercroft certainly have what it takes to make their names known in North America as they've garnered quite a reputation in South American and Europe. Undercroft have opened for bands like Morbid Angel and Kreator which actually gives you a bit of an idea of their sound.

"Evilusion" was produced by Daniel Bergstrand.

Undercroft is Claudio Illanes and Jorge Gonzalez on guitars, Alvaro Iillo on bass and vocals, and Pablo Cortes on drums.

For more information visit http://www.undercroft.cl

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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