UNDERDAMPED SYSTEM "Phantom Pain" 2016
/Metal Scrap Records/

Tracklist:
1. Phantom 01:25
2. Prophecy 05:25
3. Abyssus 05:36
4. Legacy 05:22
5. Coffin (Lid Encryption) 05:07
6. Device 06:13
7. Wrath 06:06
8. Exile 06:41
9. Pain 02:40
Total playint time: 44:43


UNDERDAMPED SYSTEM Phantom Pain

 

 

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Many sources including the issuing label ‘Metal’ Scrap give these Poles less metal credit than they are due. While the band is not accepted as metal by several sources the attribution is largely unfair. There is enough metal here of the Meshuggah variety to make Underdamped System and its Phantom Pain album relevant. It is undeniably heavy, crushing and guttural. Not to say that other elements are not present – think industrial or psychedelic with even the monicker hinting at an industrial engineering periphery – but many metal fans would take to this brutal, guitar-oriented heave of a sound that falls like a ton of bricks.
The band looks like a bunch of hooligan louts who would go around farting upon the planet, but appearance and potentially unfair criticism based on ignorance aside, the gang has concocted a heavy album that is non-stop, changes speeds, often stalks the listener and is never without impact. The rhythm is occasionally oscillated to repeat, Wrath has a modulated vocal and listening to a song like Exile one notices how appropriately successful the production courtesy of Hertz Studio is. Again, the band is alternatively called industrial, electronica or dance and trust the very Metallian who despises joke poseur crap like Fear Factory yet recommends UDS. The music is devastating, the sound is fitting, the package is modern and original and one wonders why the recording, which stems from 2014, was only released in 2016.

Ali “The Metallian”
70/100 (http://metallian.com)

The album has been recorded and mastered in Hertz studio which secures excellent European production as they already proven (Vader, Hate, Behemoth) many times before. The whole cover art is a design of Michal “Xaay” Loranc, previously known for his stunning graphics to the albums of Nile, Banisher, Trauma and a lot of other amazing bands. All that you can see in pictures is a sort of introduction to the twisted music universe of UDS which I am glad to jump into and lost myself to whatever astonishing it possesses.
And they do it wonderfully. With the sound that is just brilliant the music is a luxury to cope with. They have superb combination of angry vocals, aggressive and multi dimensional guitars that spine the album perfectly. With yet so many rhythm breakdowns, methodical drumming and mind ripping ideas the awesomeness of Phantom Pain is out of question. Technically, this album is not that advanced as Meshuggah for example but both bands give me common impression that their music is like an alien message, a broadcast throughout the body and mind of human kind and I hope they won`t be misunderstood by their own uniqueness. I like it weird, technical, disharmonious, strange and unexpected. UDS is a band that has these characteristics and their songs represents individuality the way they composed them. If I had a little fun with labeling their music then I would say this is thrashy, very mechanical hybrid bitch of modern hard core, prog, industrial and groove. I am not going to write a bad word about this album, I love every part of it!

Slawek Migacz (http://monarchmagazine.weebly.com)

Rock Hard 38

Tak toto je slušný, moderný hukot. Vôbec ma neprekvapuje, že z Poľska počujem kvalitnú metalovú muziku. Takí DECAPITATED svojím posledným albumom tak zmiešali death metal s moderným „mešuge“ štýlom, že ma to posadilo na zadok. Keď už spomínam švédskych kráľov mrazivo kovového strojového metalu MESHUGGAH, práve UDS (Underampedsystem) z neho čerpajú dosť značne. Našťastie sa nejedná o vykrádanie a v ich hudbe nájdete odkazy aj na takých velikánov ako FEAR FACTORY, alebo zacítite trochu PANTERA. Najviac ma teší, že mladíci sa nedali cestou moderného djentu, čo by bola tá najľahšia cesta k popularite. Preto v ich hudbe nájdete melodické a disharmonické vyhrávky minimálne, a to len tam, kde sa naozaj
vlastne hodia. Keď som videl Kamila na zázname z koncertu, neveril som, že taký mladík môže tak brutálne spievať. Nejde o growling, ale o rev typický pre tento štýl. Jedinou výhradou k inak perfektnému materiálu po zvukovej stránke je jednotvárnosť kompozícií. Samozrejme, môže za to v prvom rade tempo bicích, ale v tomto štýle sú mantinely tak úzke, že to asi inak ani nejde. „Phantom Pain“ sa mi každým počutím páči viac a viac, a to je si myslím pre kapelu tá najväčšia pochvala. Ja len dúfam, že UDS nenahrajú klon svojho debutu. Majú na to, aby prekvapili. Tak veľa šťastia poľský MESHUGGAH.:)

4/5
MAREK DEVILMANHABDÁK (Rock Hard #38)

Rock Hard 37Byl jsem hodnë zvëdav со uslyslm. Groove metal mâm totiz spojen hlavnë s udernostf, agresivitou a tahem porâd kupredu. Bern ho jako hranicnf meznlk mezi melodickou stranou metalu a tou tvrdou ex¬treme. Pfivlastek technickÿ и mne hned od zacâtku vzbuzoval docela rozpaky. Z câsti se to kapele poda- filo, ale snaha о urcitou originalitu zûstala nêkde na pûl cesty. Nëkteré technické pasâze v jednotlivÿch skladbâch mi znf hodnë podobnë, ne-li stejnê. A to, ze znf porâd dokola, mi pripadâ, jako umëlé prodlu- zovâni dotycnÿch skladeb. S groove metalu tu zûsta- lo jen to kytarové rifovânl a zpëv, jinak je nahrâvka hodnë utahanâ a z rychlé dravosti daného stylu tu nenf slyset skoro nie. Mâm ve své sbirce pâr alb znâ- mÿch і ménë znâmÿcb kapel hrajfcfch groove metal, ale abych si pustil „Phantom Pain" znovu, musel bych
na nëj mit vyslovenë chut a tu tetf nemâm.

3/5
JIRI PAVLIK (Rock Hard #37/2016)

Обложка ATMOSFEAR 18Дебютный альбом польской техникал грувовой группы вышел в формате дигипак, и включает в себя девять треков со стандартным звучанием в три четверти часа. За своим саундом поляки отправились в известную во всем мире студию Hertz, и братья Войтек и Славек в очередной раз не подвели ожиданий. Саунд просто шикарен. Как я уже сказал, лейбл не поскупился на дигипак (что правда книжечка оказалась без текстов). С музыкальной точки зрения это грув, но очень он техничный. Тяжелые рваные рифы плюс агрессивный вокал и плюс психоделические мелодии благодатно действуют на мой мозг. Думаю, что и вам понравится, особенно если вы любитель таких групп как DECAPITATED, MESHUGGAH, GOJIRA…. Впечатляющий дебют.

8,5 / 10
Neophyte (ATMOSFEAR #18/2016)

Slowly We Rot 9 cover

Underdamped System or in short UDS are a quintet hailing from poland and this is their debut full-length album, a 9 tracks effort clocking almost 45 minutes of playing time. What we get here is a very powerful, inyour- face, fat sounding mix of Groove Metal, Industrial Metal and Progressive Technical Metal, just think of influences from Meshuggah, Fear Factory, Pantera, Gojira and Ministy all melted together and presented on rhythms as intricate as possible, but with a heavy layer of mesmerizing, repetitive, almost bewitching guitar leads glue them all together. The result is impressive, especially from the technical point of view, the debut album from these guys slays and although there are some parts when the compositions become a bit redundant and might loose the listener for a moment, and the vocals are a lacking flexibility and versatility, Phantom Pain is an overall successful album, I'm sure if you're into at least one the the above mentioned genres or bands you will find something to enjoy here. Not sure why it took the band almost 2 years to release it, but it was worth the waiting, a debut that presents an interesting, intelligent and potentially successful new name from Poland. Released on classy Digipak CD format with 8 pages booklet.

8/10
Slowly We Rot #9/2016

Underdamped system is a quintet from Poland and this is their debut album. What we get here is a very powerful and heavy-sounding mix of groove metal and progressive metal, just think of influences by Meshuggah, Fear Factory and Ministry. Musically they rely much on complex rhythms that are connected through melodic guitar parts. The result is impressive from a technical point of view, especially considering the fact that it is a debut album. It remains a problem that the technique wins it from the 'song' and that attention might stray from the listener. There is in that area still a lack of versatility, in which the vocals also leave room for improvement. But 'Phantom Pain' is a winning album, especially if you like the aforementioned bands. Underdamped System present themselves here with the necessary flair to the world.

80 / 100
Berto (http://www.lordsofmetal.nl/)

scream magazine 207

Enda et debuterende band er over oss. Underdamped System fra Polen present- erer seg herved. De begynte â spille sammen i 2008, og ferst nâ faite de attiden var moden for â lage sin ferste plate. Musikken er meget Meshuggah- beslektet, men de vil sikkert ikke innremme det selv. Det er uten tvil i svenskenes fotspor denne kvintetten feler seg frem. For meg er «Prophecy» beholdningen pâ platen, resten er ikke det helt store. For meg er dette litt for mye plagiat jeg vil ikke anbefale «Phantom Pain».

 

Anders Oddsberg (Scream Magazine #207)

Underdamped System or in short UDS are a quintet hailing from poland and this is their debut full-length album, a 9 tracks effort clocking almost 45 minutes of playing time. What we get here is a very powerful, in-your-face, fat sounding mix of Groove Metal, Industrial Metal and Progressive Technical Metal, just think of influences from Meshuggah, Fear Factory, Pantera, Gojira and Ministy all melted together and presented on rhythms as intricate as possible, but with a heavy layer of mesmerizing, repetitive, almost bewitching guitar leads glue them all together. The result is imnpressive, especially from the technical point of view, the debut album from these guys slays and although there are some parts when the compositions become a bit redundant and might loose the listener for a moment, and the vocals are a lacking fexibility and versatility, Phantom Pain is an overall successful album, I'm sure if you're into at least one the the above mentioned genres or bands you will find something to enjoy here. Not sure why it took the band almost 2 years to release it, but it was worth the waiting, a debut that presents an interesting, intelligent and potentially successful new name from Poland. Released on classy Digipak CD format with 8 pages booklet.

8/10
Adrian (pestwebzine.com)

LEGACY103Diese Polen haben sich knapp acht Jahre Zeit zur Fertigstellung dieses Debütalbums gelassen und stellen sich mit groovigem Brüll-Metal vor, der sich sehr offensichtlich bei Soulfly sowie deren Rockzipfel Ektomorf bedient. Im Fahrwasser der ersten beiden Alben von Machine Head hätten UNDERDAMPED SYSTEM Mitte der 90er vielleicht von sich Reden machen können, doch so viele Jahre später wirkt die Chose arg abgedroschen. Erwartungsgemäß reißen die schnelleren Songs noch am ehesten mit, wohingegen bei bemüht vertracktem Material wie ‘Abysuss’ nach zwei Minuten der Ofen aus ist. Als Hörer schaltet man geistig ab, weil es „Phantom Pain“ entschieden an Melodien und somit auch Hooks mangelt. Man fragt sich, weshalb die Band zwei Gitarristen hat – insbesondere vor dem Hintergrund, dass aktuell so manche Djent-Truppe mit einem Sechs- bis Achtsaiter ganze Riff-Armeen unerheblich macht. Auch in Anbetracht dessen bleibt für diese Osteuropäer nichts weiter zu sagen, als dass sie sich emsig an einer hoffnungslos veralteten Formel abarbeiten, ohne zwingende Kompositionen für sich zu verbuchen.

6 Punkte
AS (Legacy #103)

 

Necromance 062016UNDERDAMPED SYSTEM nos traen su álbum debut “Phantom Pain”, compuesto por una intro y ocho temas, que vienen de la mano de Metal Scrap Records.
Formados en 2008, en Częstochowa, Polonia, actualmente la banda cuenta con la siguiente formación: David a la batería, Jaca y Marcin a las guitarras, Radek al bajo y en la voz principal nos encontramos con Kamil.
“Phantom” es el tema instrumental que nos encontramos para darlos la bienvenida a este trabajo de los polacos. Introduciéndonos con sonidos extraños, poco a poco van aflorando sonidos de guitarras que se van mezclando con esos ruidos, que acaban fundiéndose con los riffs del siguiente tema.
Nada más acabar la intro, empieza a sonar “Prophecy”, que nos golpean con riffs de guitarras monstruosos para meternos de lleno en el tema. Baterías muy potentes se encargan de la base musical, sobre la que fluyen a la perfección, unos ritmos de guitarras potentísimos y cargados de furia. Cuando la voz empieza a sonar, nos damos cuenta del ritmo y la fuerza que mantienen el grupo desde el minuto uno. Donde la mezcla de todos los miembros nos da un buen golpe de fuerza.
“Legacy” nos abre con un ritmo lento, pero a la vez muy potente, haciendo eco de un sonido de guitarra muy pesado, que se alza con cada golpe de batería, que hace aumentar la dureza de los ritmos. También nos introducen ritmos algo más rápidos, sin dejar de perder fuerza, ya que toda la musicalidad que tienen se basa en potencia bruta. Cabe destacar, el buen que hacer de la parte vocal, la cual alza toda la melodía, haciendo tema, una bestia de ritmos cañeros.
Con “Wrath”, tenemos más de lo mismo, unas guitarras con unos sonidos atronadores y unos riffs que se clavan en el oído desde el principio de la canción. Las líneas de bajo les suman muchísima brutalidad a los ritmos, que, aun teniendo mucha potencia, conservan la técnica ya que se clavan a la perfección con los ritmos del resto del grupo. Con bastantes cambios de ritmo, crean una atmósfera, muy potente, pero a la vez inquietante, debido a la inclusión de partes instrumentales bastante técnicas.
“Pain” es el tema encargado de cerrar, haciendo el juego con el tema introductorio que da nombre al trabajo. Nada más comenzar el tema, me asombra el ingente grito de Kamil, que nos sube la adrenalina hasta los topes, a partir de ahí, escuchamos un tema completamente instrumental, cargado de técnica, con golpes precisos y unos riffs brutales, que nos deja un buen sabor de boca excelente.
En mi opinión, a UNDERDAMPED SYSTEM solo podría describirlos con una palabra, potencia. Es lo que demuestran desde que empiezas a escuchar el tema de introducción. No bajan el ritmo en ningún momento, y mantiene la adrenalina a tope, todo esto sin descuidar la técnica, con ritmos bien marcados y unas melodías exquisitas. En su caso, la producción les ha hecho muy bien, ya que todos los instrumentos suenan claros, a la par que las voces, que, a pesar de su potencia, se mantienen bastante bien a la cabeza. En definitiva, si quieres tragarte un disco que te haga mover la cabeza a cada compás y vibrar a tope con los ritmos pesados que incluyen, este es tu disco.

9/10
Jorge De La Cruz (Necromance #5/16)

 

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