If you haven’t been paying attention, then listen up. KRUELTY, the death metal juggernauts from Tokyo, Japan released their sophomore album “Untopia” this past week and it is an album worth listening to. This seven-track album comes in at 37 minutes and it is a wild ride from beginning to end. If you have never listened to anything death metal then this is an excellent entry point for anyone. Reminiscent of bands like Obituary, Cannibal Corpse, and other death metal heavyweights it’ll sound familiar but with its own spin. It has grit, it has speed, and it makes you move to the music.
Unknown Nightmare is the first track on the new album, and it is a perfect blend of speed and technicality. Vocally it brings you in and won’t let you go until the end of the album. You won’t be disappointed with KRUELTY’s newest entry point.
Harder Than Before is a groove and a half, so much so that you’ll be dancing in your living room. This second song on the album “Untopia” has a little bit for everyone, two steps, breakdowns, and high-speed guitars. This song truly encapsulates their sound and is probably my favorite of “Untopia.”
Burn The System is a death metal anthem waiting to happen. The drums and guitar get you in that fighting mood. Be careful around your friends listening to this song, you may hurt someone.
Reincarnation is doomy, and sludgy and has some of the best solos on the album right at the beginning. It picks up and gets you right back into that familiar sound that KRUELTY is famous for. The guitar work matches the vocals perfectly.
Maze Of Suffering begins with an intro laugh into one of the gnarliest parts of the entire album. The guitars in this song really put you into the mood of the movement. The Anger, the Angst, Maze Of Suffering is an excellent song.
Manufactured Insanity is the sixth song on the album and has a ton of two-step moments. You really feel the energy behind the music. KRUELTY really has outdone themselves with this track.
Untopia, the titular and final track of the album starts off with a wall of sound that breaks you down. There is a reason this is the title track. Every instrument works in tandem to deliver a devastating track that’ll be stuck in your head for days on end.
KRUELTY’s new album “Untopia” is an amazing piece of death metal art and I think that it will go in the annals of history as one of the best death metal albums in recent times. I give it a solid 9/10.