While I’ve always enjoyed, at least to some extent, SUSPERIA’s prior releases, I have a feeling that “Unlimited” will finally have the band come out on their own and will have them recognized as a real band, as opposed to that band with an ex-DIMMU BORGIR member.
A lot of the other influences that SUSPERIA embodied in the past have been cast off, instead concentrating, almost, solely, on Thrash. Touches of ‘Blackish’ elements are added for good measure throughout, but it’s clear that SUSPERIA have been spinning their TESTAMENT CDs a lot more as of late than they have anything else. Armed to the teeth with SUSPETAMENT riffs and melodies, not to mention more than a few killer solos, SUSPERIA have created an album that is much more mature, though perhaps slightly less intriguing than their previous outputs. While the album will have no trouble sending a concert hall into a hair-whipping frenzy and will undoubtedly spend a great deal of time lodged into my CD player, it’s a much safer album than the other two.
While still a little awkward lyrically, Athera delivers a strong vocal performance, which is also slightly tamer than in the past, adopting a, of course, Chuck Billy-esque like quality, while still remaining clearly himself. The growls are few and far between on this one, but when they do make an appearance, they make a good impact.
With TESTAMENT in some kind of stasis for the time being, an album like “Unlimited” is well received. (Online September 2, 2004)