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DEMOGORGON
DEMOGORGON
Naenie
(Undercover Records)
39:49min

German band, debut album, playing grim Black Metal in the DARKTHONE / BURZUM style. I might end the review here, as most is said about this release. But this deserves to go further a bit, and you'll find why. This is mostly mid tempo Black Metal, with screamy / whispered voices in a demo level production. One difference might be that this is well played, as they do not sound out of time, as many other similar bands tend to do. Lyrics are in German for the extra cult thing or something like that. Actually this release is their demo with a couple of bonus songs, hence the somewhat low production values, but still acceptable. At times they do sound a bit like a suicidal Black Metal band, but with less hypnotic riffs, although they do repeat a lot structures on their songs. And with a song titled 'Black Metal Against Black Metal' things do turn a bit confusing here. This is actually one fast song with an undeniable Punk influence, which for a change sounds different form the rest of the material. Which also reminds me that the band does sound better in a mid-tempo speed, rather than fast, where they do lose a lot of power and identity. I was getting a bit bored by this release until the last song gets in. Now this gets even more confusing. The demo level production is still there on 'A Nephilins Child' but I had to double check that is was the same band. Yeah, the vocals are the same... weird. Because this songs sounds more like a demo from DARK TRANQUILLITY (or their first EP if you want) than the average Black Metal of the other songs. I mean, I thought this was a cover song or something. It does have also some early DISSECTION touches (specially the intro accoustic part). The band says that this new songs is more the representation of what the bands is heading into the future. Yeah, it is more melodic, more controlled, but at the same time it is more interesting. This song alone makes me want to keep an eye on them. As this is, the CD maybe just works as an historical look upon the band. Their new style is way more promising, but it might also be their doom. Let's wait what the future will tell... www.undercover-records.de

Julián Núńez

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