In opposition to what the majority of Metalheads can think, the Italian Metal-scene ain't all about Symphonic Power Metal and RHAPSODY/LABYRINTH-sounding bands. There's definitely more under the surface, and in my opinion you can find remarkable Italian bands in each brand of Metal.
UNDERTAKERS is a quite excellent example of that diversity. It is one of the most interesting bands in the Italian extreme Metal-movement. Playing a sort of technical Thrash-influenced Death Metal, these guys released their debut "Suffering Within" in 1997.
Certainly not a landmark album at all nor a stunning musical experience, this record has some really strong points nonetheless. In the first place, the band seems to have completely assimilated that large sense of songwriting which is the principal element required for the sub-genre. To make it short, the record relentlessly demolishes everything in sight, but the onslaught set by the tracks always has an underlying perspective. In my opinion, that is a necessary need for each and every band interested into arranging some serious Death Metal, and UNDERTAKERS prove to have gotten the whole point here. All of the compositions are very well crafted, and a couple of times I kinda heard a few hints to SUFFOCATION. Assuming that I for myself can't think of a better influence for a band which wants to play Death, that thing hasn't bothered me in any way, but to be fair their sound seems a bit too much derivative at times. By the way, that's not an aspect you can criticize that much, since it depends on every listener's musical tastes.
On the strictly musical side, the guys also have their individual merits. As a matter of fact, the guitar-work is generally talented and adroit, the vocals growl in full force and there's a merciless hellhound hiding behind the drumkit, ready to unleash his ferocity right on your eardrums. All I can say is that I'm often satisfied with albums as good as this falling into my filthy hands.
In result, I quite enjoyed the album, though I've to admit there isn't so much to be shocked for on this record. What I mean is that its qualities are rather high, setting the record as an above average work, but they don't reach such a level of excellence to hail UNDERTAKERS as the new big thing in Death Metal.
Bottom line: a good piece of Death in itself, which haplessly fails a little into the fulfilment of a proper sound.