Posts Tagged ‘Demo’

Clairvoyance - Demo

A Polish death metal band sadly has the weight of their countrymen’s achievements on their shoulders whenever they appear in the underground, and Clairvoyance are no exception. However, their three track demo released back in May allows us a sneak peak of where they are heading before we tackle a full length. It is out now through the band’s Bandcamp and on cassette through Caligari Records.

Advance points for the monochrome cover art, that is fairly awesome. ‘Pointless Burial’ is soaked in an old school rabid Scandinavian death metal guitar tone, coupled with some brutal guttural vocals and a canny sense of pace. It sounds nothing like Decapitated, Vader or Behemoth and that is where Clairvoyance are ready to build. ‘Broken Shackles’ is possessed of an immense chug, building up into bass heavy carnage and a stabbing solo before returning to a neck wrecking riff. Closing with ‘Abyss’ was probably sensible, as they always say save your best for last and this is. From the get go it is relentless, but the tempo changes are well paced and the music never gets anything less than filthy. This is nasty shit for nasty people.

This is how demos should be; short and sharp with an emphasis on establishing a style and creating interest in more. Clairvoyance have definitely done that, as their brand of old school Swedeath-leaning ferocity is a sound for sore ears. This is a band that are going to be worth following.

https://clairvoyancedeathmetal.bandcamp.com/

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https://caligarirecords.bandcamp.com/album/demo-20

With a name like Denim Casket, it’s almost gotta be old school thrash, right? Wrong actually, as this mutated Idaho trio are some bass led, noise mongering chaoticians. Their self released demo is available now through their Bandcamp.

Nasty, grinding sludge/death metal murkiness is probably the best way to describe this demo. The short, sharp blast of ‘Reverse Egg’ leads us to the rabid ‘Ham is Hog Butt’ that spasms and crawls like that terrifying lassie out of the Grudge. ‘Permanent Marker’ is similar, evoking this feeling of dread that is enveloping. Maddeningly heavy, due to their double bass/no guitar assault, Denim Casket grind along at the low, low, low end of the spectrum. Feedback squeals evoke EyeHateGod in the raw, sneering ‘Wrinkled Shirt’.

It is almost difficult to do Denim Casket’s demo justice. It is nasty, brutal music that doesn’t really fit into any real genre. Sludgy, abrasive, scowling; it is the aural equivalent of watching someone get their head kicked in in a filthy alley. Unpleasant but you can’t really look away.

https://denimcasket.bandcamp.com/album/demo

https://www.facebook.com/Denim-Casket-1641474882547114/

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Greek death metallers Gravewards have dropped their debut EP ‘Subconscious Lobotomy’ on cassette tape, and it is four tracks of brutality conjuring the spirits of Morbid Angel, Obituary and even little dashes of Scandinavian nastiness too. If rabid darkness is your thing, then you’ll find a lot to enjoy here.

‘Casket Entrapment’ opens with a gloriously old school riff before a pained roar shattered the air guitaring calm. The chugging riffs are particularly good, but the real highlights are the mounrful melodies tucked behind the ferocity. There’s something a little dark, a little sad looming behind the towering ‘Crawling Chaos’, while the scathing title track draws inspiration from the void of Floridian death strongly. Vocally there’s a lot going on, with more standard growls interchanging with gurgling belches in places.

By the time the frantic ‘Deathwomb Incubation’ brings us to a juddering halt, it is clear that Gravewards are going to be a fun prospect for the future. Their brand of death metal has all kinds of nuances to look for but most importantly it is heavy as fuck, and will leave you broken but demanding more!

https://www.facebook.com/Gravewards/

 

onefntdemo

How kvlt are you? You’ll never be this cult; a demo by an unnamed band of Portuguese black metal, possibly recorded between 2012 and 2013. That’s it, all that is known. I was sent this pomo and immediately intrigued. It’s going to be released as part of a three way project from Signal Rex, Óreiða and Harvest of Death, releasing obscure cassette discoveries. So, that’s where we are…

‘Ónefnt I’ is barebones, raw as fuck black metal with an insatiable buzz. A lonely vocal hides in the background, a mourning plainitive voice. Bleak and miserable, yet strangely alluring, ‘Ónefnt II’ is more of the same, except a shade more propulsive, more hypnotising. This demo casts blackened magic upon you, drawing you into its web, leaving you lost and alone. It exudes a feeling of being lost, of being afraid of something intangible, without form or substance. ‘Ónefnt III’ raises the intensity, seemingly building towards something just out of reach.

Well, I don’t know if we’ll ever find out who made this, but this demo is brimming with potential. Black metal at its bleakest and rawest is always a cathartic experience, and the Ónefnt demo is both. Grim as fuck.

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https://signalrex.bandcamp.com/

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Hegemony are a hellaciously raw death metal band that has come crawling from the fetid ruins of Birmingham, Alabama, and has been kindly presented to the masses by the great people at Goatprayer Records. This three track demo cassette is a bone rattling exercise in savage, violent;y primitive death metal.

Opener ‘No Throne Left to Topple’ is a rusty sickle swung hard and fast at those stupid enough to be in the way. A battering of Autopsy proportions awaits, while a gurgling, hateful roar fills your ears with dread and evil thoughts. Hegemony are truly vicious, their death metal caked in grime and filth, enschewing all of the modern technical moments to provide us with a vehemently old school assault.

The morbid crush of ‘Fist of Heretical Triumph’ is a highlight for me, but you could pick any point of this thirteen minutes bludgeoning and not find a single second of wasted motion. Hegemony are dark, raw and hateful as fuck. Just like every death metal demo should be. Excellent!

https://goatprayerrecords.bandcamp.com/album/demo-mmxvi

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http://www.goatprayerrecords.com/

Tomb Mold - The Bottomless Perdition

Tomb Mold are another Canadian death metal band that have both a lot of potential and a lot of love for the Finnish classics. ‘The Bottomless Perdition’ is a mere taste of what is to come from this duo, with a full length due out from Blood Harvest Records hopefully soon. Never has death felt so alive…

‘(Regions of Sorrow) Intro/Demon’ opens with an ominous drone, a primal vibration of the bones before a nasty riff slashes into your consciousness. A guttural riff that instantly conjures up the bloodstained crawl of Autopsy, which flails and rumbles with primitive fury. Like a force of nature, the deathly howl flows like a fell wind through a dark valley. Corpses line that valley, victims of Tomb Mold’s awesome assault. The skull rattling ‘Gates of Bereavement’ and the furious ‘Valley of Defilement’ is no frills, no bullshit death metal carnage, unhinged and with the sickest of guitar tones.

The thudding closing title track has some of the best, cavernous vocals on the whole release. Blood Harvest have found a raw gem here, and I’d suggest only the merest of polishing is required, because Tomb Mold’s ancient, morbid frenzy is simply fucking great.

http://tombmold.bandcamp.com/releases

http://www.bloodharvest.se/

http://bloodharvestrecords.bandcamp.com/album/the-bottomless-perdition-tape

Coscradh - Coscradh

Coscradh, which is Gaelic for slaughter or massacre, are the latest snarling beast to come out of the vicious Irish underground, and this is another rabid animal being tamed and nurtured by Invictus Productions, who have brought us some fearsome entities in the past. This is their self titled debut, which is available on tape, and soon on CD and vinyl.

When that creaking, fetid riff erupts at the start of ‘Buried’, like an arm reaching from a crypt, you know that something is afoot here. Something nasty, wretched and frankly, awesome. A dense, murky atmopshere pervades this riff, possessing it and dragging it towards its doom. The frenzy begins; raw riffing slashing from right to left, searing, ripping, gouging at your flesh. You feel instantly that Coscradh aren’t your average underground black/death band.

‘Lynch’ echoes with the cacophony of throat shredding growls, while chaotic blastbeats rain upon a scorched earth. A crazed solo pierces the shower, while incantations to darker beings are made. ‘Drowned’ writhes in molten riffage, while closer ‘Coscartac’ is a lurching, venomous belch from the underworld. Coscradh are my new favourite band of 2016, and I cannot recommend this release enough. Support this fucking band!

http://invictusproductions666.bandcamp.com/album/demo-mmxvi

http://www.invictusproductions.net/

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The second release from Glaramara, Cumbria’s newest black metal band, is their EP ‘A Ceremony in Darkness’. Like their last one, this is more harsh and traditional black metal, wreathed in the blackness of Darkthrone and Mayhem,

‘Gathering of the Legions of Hades’ opens with a ghostly keyboard and a building percussion; setting the scene of a gloomy forest clearing, with snow falling around darkened figures. Torrents of black magic writhe in the mists of ‘Psychopathic Afterlife’, and snarling vocal bile coats the frozen assault of ‘Transylvanian Moon’, a track that could be a lost Darkthrone classic.

The blackened punk vibe that is shot through the veins of the rapid fire ‘Destroying the Realm of Light’ is fucking excellent, and it’s a shame almost that it’s over so soon. But the gloriously creepy acoustics and ambient hum of ‘A Weak and Frozen Sunrise’ leads into the nightmarish thrashing chaos of ‘Eden of Despair’, and finally the icy title track, which revels in its second wave worship.

‘A Ceremony in Darkness’ is the better of the two releases from Glaramara, as it shows a bit more of what they can do. ‘Blackest Apostasy’ is great but it stops just as its getting started. ‘A Ceremony in Darkness’ builds upon that quality, adding the gloomy melodies and some nice interlude touches to create something more rounded, and more impressive! Download both immediately!

https://glaramara.bandcamp.com/album/a-ceremony-in-darkness

https://www.facebook.com/glaramara/?fref=ts

Australia’s Armoured Angel are something of a Southern Hemisphere legend. Australia’s first extreme metal band, and for a long time the only one, Armoured Angel’s four track third demo ‘Communion’ from 1990 is being rereleased by Hell’s Headbangers on vinyl, and it still stands as a true cult favourite.

Opener ‘Castration’ is an instant favourite, building with a chugging riff into a propulsive headbanging anthem. A cross between early death metal favourites like Bolt Thrower with the energy of thrash, the groove is righteous in its power. You can feel that early 90s style straight through the proto death/thrash mix, where early Death meets Exodus. ‘Tergiversator’ thrashes like the finest chunk of Bay Area material, while the roaring vocals hail to the molten death metal thunder of Asphyx.

The skull rattling title track oozes with Teutonic thrash power, and is probably my favourite track here. If you’ve never heard of Armoured Angel, you’d be forgiven for thinking this was some lost B-side from somebody like Kreator or Forbidden. The material is so well written, with battering thrash blending seamlessly into chugging death metal. Closing with the pounding ‘My Fist Your Face’, this release shows you that Armoured Angel seem to be a sadly forgotten band in the rest of the world. With material this strong, they should have been huge. Hopefully this release will garner them new fans and new interest. I’d hate for this release to be missed, because it is fucking superb!

https://hellsheadbangers.bandcamp.com/album/communion

https://www.facebook.com/Armoured-Angel-Official-172838676112407/?fref=ts

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British thrashers Psython are working on their debut full length record, and have stuck up a couple of tracks on their Bandcamp page as a demo. Now, the demo is slowly becoming a lost art, with bands preferring to make a debut ‘EP’, which is mostly just a demo anyway. So it’s nice to see a band sticking to the old school terminology!

First off: Psython is either a psychic python or a psychotic python. Based on the band’s hyperactive thrashing, I’m gonna go with the latter. Opening track ‘Meltdown’ is rabid, mixing some good aggression with some nice melodic riffing. There’s hints of Bay Area classics, and ‘Dave 1.1’ particularly conjures the spirit of vintage Exodus. For a demo, it is remarkably self-assured and yet full of youthful exuberance. The best thrash is not just fast though, it conjures up something reasonably fresh within the framework of the genre. Psython have got the chops to do that, and with some of the more interesting riff patterns on this demo, show that they are definitely worth watching in the future.

Closing with the chugging thunder of ‘Blunt’, and with the bonus of a live track called ‘DNA’ that also shows a bit of midpaced riff power, I’m looking forward to Psython’s full length. The demo whets the appetite just enough, and I’m anticipating their album to be more of the same. Excellent work

https://psython.bandcamp.com/

https://www.facebook.com/psythonofficial/?fref=ts