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Upsidedown Cross : Evilution

I begin this review by brutally murdering one of the myths surrounding Upsidedown Cross. This is not a satanic or occult band. In fact, lyrics like this extract from 'Black Mass In The Dark', "Ritual Burning my only Crime/I thought I was having a good time", perfectly illustrate how they actually ridicule the practitioners of this. In general their lyrics attack people with, according to them, very narrow minds. This includes bullies, gossipers, occultists, necrophiles and judgemental people.

After reading the lyrics it shouldn't come as a surprise that Upsidedown Cross is inspired by punk rock, amongst others. In the music this emerges most clearly in the vocals of Larry Lifeless, their vocalist. He has the same drunken and sarcastic voice as Johnny Rotten from the Sex Pistols.

But it's obvious that the music isn't punk rock, it's doom metal. Very noisy, sludgy and absurd doom metal. I must admit that I haven't heard anything less sober than this. When you add the fact that the music is dark and incredibly filthy, and you have a complete image of the maddening atmosphere of the music. It's really disturbing.

It's really hard to compare these guys to any other band. Still I suspect that people into extreme sludge/doom or Zaraza style industrial/doom, would be the right kind of audience for this. Crust fans might also find it to their liking. Just expect something very different from what you've heard before.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Black Mass In The Dark
2. Don't Think About It
3. Evil Tongue
4. Village Idiot
5. Evilution
6. Coffin Of Surprises
7. Sleazy Mary
8. Caste

Duration : Approx. 53 minutes

Visit the Upsidedown Cross bandpage.

Reviewed on 09-02-2006 by Arnstein Petersen
No God Only Pain
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