Upside Down
Style: Thrash
Release date: May 5th 2009

More thrash the hard and old-skool way – all the way from Italy.

Urto start out with a clear reference to ‘Master of Puppets’ and continue along the Metallica lines – combined with something that I stylistically would say lands very near Dark Angel.

Saladino’s characteristic vocal performance has a lot to do with that, as there are similarities between his voice and Ron Rinehart’s. Also the length of the songs hint at an inspiration drawn from the Los Angeles thrash legends.


The first couple of songs, The Dilemma Remains and Remote Control Seizure, are really great thrash songs. Free Will State of Health is decent thrash too, but from there on, the quality of the song material dwindles, or rather; comes in waves. The want for long songs should have been controlled and distilled into shorter tunes of better quality.


‘Upside Down’ is not bad as such, but Urto has a long way to go to create the milestones their inspirational sources forged.


01. The Dilemma Remains
02. Remote Control Seizure
03. Free Will State of Health
04. Mind-forged Manacles
05. The Second Coming
06. The World Upside Down
07. Requiem for Brainwork

Label: Punishment 18 Records
Provided by: Punishment 18 Records
Artwork rating: 45/100
Reviewed by: Thomas Nielsen
Date: September 7th 2009
Website: www.myspace.com/urtoband