Review: Demonic Resurrection – Dashavatar

Posted: February 1, 2017 in ALERT: Awesome new music, Reviews
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Demonic Resurrection are the Behemoth of Indian metal, and not only in their musical stylings. Around for years and becoming more and more influential with every release, Demonic Resurrection are also getting more and more ambitious with each one. ‘Dashavatar’ is their fifth full length, and is an exploration of all the avatars of Lord Vishnu in Indian mythology. For those of us that are interested in that, it is a fascinating journey. For those of us that are here for just the music, you won’t be disappointed.

I first came across Demonic Resurrection on their stunning ‘Return to Darkness’ record from 2010, and their swelling in popularity goes hand in hand with their evolution as a muscial force. Take the anthemic ferocity of ‘Kurma – The Tortoise’; it matches Behemothian intensity with ethnic instrumentation and an innate sense of the importance of memorable songs. Soaring melodies dominate ‘Varaha – The Boar’, while the atmospheric black/death of ‘Parashurama – The Axe Wielder’ reminds you of their extreme chops. Mainman Demonstealer roars, croons and riffs his way through ten powerful songs, each with their own individual character. In a world where every band strives to be unique and different, Demonic Resurrection stand out from the crowd by being simply fucking excellent at what they do.

The strings and orchestral moments of ‘Vamana – The Dwarf’ brings to mind great European power metal, as does the soaring ‘Narasimha – The Man-Lion’. Every metal fan can deny it, but most of us came to love metal because of anthemic heavy metal greatness, and that’s what Demonic Resurrection have in their core. Coat it in progressive, symphonic and complex blackened textures if you will, but at heart they are a heavy metal band and that shines through.

‘Dashavatar’ is the answer to the question, ‘can anyone do anything that feels new in metal anymore?’ Demonic Resurrection better becoming fucking huge after this, because ‘Dashavatar’ covers all bases, from powerful melodic soloing to cyclonic black/death maelstroms. I’ll be hard pushed to find a better record than this in 2017.

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