Within the plethora of Death Metal bands that came out during the early nineties, it was quite easy to miss out on the gems that emerged from less obvious places (basically not Florida). Fortunately there are a few lucky bands who get revisited later by a record label, and the master tapes are dragged out from dusty corners, with new life breathed into them. Such is the case with Italian quartet Electrocution, who started out as a fast and brutal outfit borrowing from the Floridian scene, but later evolved into something more akin to Cynic or Atheist. However, before that transformation, they released Inside the Unreal, a 40-minute blast through technical-inspired Death Metal while also working in Bay Area Thrash influences, evoking the familiar mental image of long-haired sweaty guys headbanging in underground clubs in Florida.
Premature Burial gives a succinct snippet of the band’s style, as the album quickly flexes its low-end muscles in the form of the Canali brothers on bass and drums. Guadagnoli and Montaguti make up the guitar section, while the latter also delivers guttural growls throughout. There’s an undeniable groove to the songs, and a variety of tempos from Morbid Angel-fast to a doomier tone on Under the Wings Only Remains, where a very cool bass solo takes to the fore. Body’s Decay has a mid-paced stomp for a while, and one of the typical Slayer-like solos reminiscent of the ‘insane technical speed’ in the 80s. The drums, while not having many standout moments, leave little more to be desired, retaining the 90s feel through careful preservation and production.