This will be about the 100th time I´ll say this, but Italian´s have a knack for producing killer Extreme Metal, outdated, forward thinking, or avantgarde. That´s just the way it is, these people execute the style in an uncommonly honest and passionate fashion that you won´t find anywhere else, and SUBHUMAN is another fine example of hot blooded, thrashing Death Metal.
You won´t find anything new with “Profondo Rozzo”. At the risk of sounding like a scratched CD, I must say that for a debut album, these guys have done pretty well. Don´t take this the wrong way though. The songs on the album, while all technically efficient, aggressive, blasting and melodic, stomping, heavy, and whatever other adjectives you wanna throw in there for good measure, cannot be seen as music that stands above the rest.
It´s a fun ride, no doubt, with excellent yet familiar sounding riffs, melodies and solos (fast, slow and everything in between), well produced and well played, everything´s in place and yet you can´t help but feel highly ambivalent about the music. Rollercoaster song structures is definitely their tour de force within their compositional skills, every song is a little labyrinth in itself full of small details and instrumental finesses. The band uses extreme vocals that sound like a hybrid of Alexi Laiho, a late nineties edit of Chuck Schuldiner and the typical death growls, pretty solid stuff but then again, nothing to get all hyped about. Even though the lyrics are all in Italian, I´m not gonna chalk it down as an unique element to their sound as we´re slowly moving into the year 2010 hehe.
Clad in a warm, professional sound production, “Profondo Rozzo” lies somewhere between great Death/Thrash Metal with fingersurfing qualities and varied tempo changes, and hollowed, mediocre, Death/Thrash Metal with the aforementioned qualities, depends on where you stand.
(Online December 11, 2009)