Withering Surface Walking On Phantom Ice

This is the third offering from Denmark's Withering Surface, although their first two releases remain fairly obscure, especially on these shores. Hopefully Copro Records will be able to get this one the attention it deserves. Withering Surface have a great knack for writing catchy songs within the realm of melodic thrash metal, à la Gothenburg, by way of current Soilwork, with a touch of Sentenced's hooky brilliance. It doesn't add up to what the sum of those great parts should be, but even if it is a bit lesser, the band do have their own sound happening, which can not easily be pigeonholed by comparisons. A couple steps away from excellence yet, but far better than most doing the melodic thrash thing right now. (Copro)