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Unlimited (Candlelight)

By: Mike SOS

Susperia, once a predominant black metal band, has all but shed that label on the group's latest release, the 10-track bruiser Unlimited. Forsaking the darker, more European sound for a solid slab of American (more bluntly, Bay Area thrash) metal a la Testament circa the early '90s, this quintet have made an album that is sure to piss off longtime fans, but also will crack open a whole new listenership for the Norwegian metallers. Tracks like "Devil May Care" still contain a black metal-esque atmosphere, but when melding with the band's new (and much more interesting) direction, the floodgates open, making a crushingly epic track that packs the punch of a Pantera with the aura of In Flames. Making a major change in a band's sound is risky, yet Susperia have picked out a good time period and genre to rebuild its sound around, as the classic flare of tracks like "Home Sweet Hell" combined with the band's vast and explorative European metal background allow Susperia to stand out among the multitude of bands running in circles.
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