WELCOME TO THE UNDERSIDE: A REVIEW

by thekathmandudes

(Formed in 2010, Underside is a metal band from Nepal with influences from retro rock to old school thrash. Their much hyped debut EP, Welcome to the Underside was released on January 14, 2014)

It Begins. To kick things off this track is a great start to the album. The psychedelic element is observing and enthralling. At the outset, it is a fitting title to the album, like calm before the storm. There is an immaculate synchronization of all instruments.

Next track is Welcome to the Underside. One would probably be right to assert that it is their anthem. The thrash element is affluent while the song has the catch to be replayed again and again. After all, tracks like these have ascertained Underside as a diverse metal group. That’s the beauty of this well crafted album and of Underside as we have come to know them throughout the years, the dynamic undulation of sounds. The tracks All Notes Off and Pride affirm it. The lack of monotonous tracks that most metal albums on any genre tend to have is absent here which befittingly establishes them as the new “gotta listen” band in Nepal. Reveling in the success of their concerts for a couple of years, Underside has fulfilled the expectations that were laden upon them.

The highlight of this album is All notes off. Where does one even begin to extol this track?  It’s sweet yet brutal and it’s soothing yet vehement. If the devil himself gave me a punishment that I could only listen to one freaking song for the rest of my long, insipid, miserable life, this would be that song. I mean, forget the Scandinavian or American metal groups, this is a proof that Nepali bands can now deliver.

Out of seven tracks to this EP, Underside have recorded an amazing video to their fifth track, Disconnect.

The next track Prototype is a neatly done track. It is tense, free flowing, pouty and beguiling. This is the coolest track on the album– I am an architect, I am my own prototype.

To end things, Part Animal/Part Machine has inkling of atmospheric metal. The psychedelic quintessence to this outro certainly slithers into your mind. And you think you know these guys? Welcome to the Underside.

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(Photos taken from their Facebook Page the Underside)

You can listen to full Welcome to the Underside EP in their official website here.

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