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Demonic Plague - Tribute To Death
(Dwell Records)

Tribute-albums overkill! I personally wouldn't say that "bigger" names necessarily need to appear on a tribute album to make it appealing to the customer but at least the quality of the versions should be included! Some tributes these days just smell like cheap cash-in and this would also be the case with "Demonic Plague - A Tribute To Death" released by Dwell Records. Bad things start with the terrible and totally out-of-the-place cover art and rather poor booklet. The versions themselves don't really make your / my day either, being a fan of Chuck Schuldiner and his boys: SOLUS from Canada execute 'Defensive Personalities' the simple and straight way, missing on all those small technical elements but highlighting the song with a blast-beat on the guitar-leads passage. EXMORTIS is quite a long-active name in the underground but 'Baptized In Blood' is just untight, raw old-school Thrash-Black metal with a boring drum-machine and overall rather demo sounding quality. My buddies TORTHARRY from Czechia do a solid version of the evergreen 'Pull The Plug' and only fail a bit due to the GOREFEST type of vocal gruaaaants. MALAMOR's 'Suicide Machine' attempt is just bad and once again shows that DEATH is a band musically so much ahead of most of the Death Metal scene. WASTELAND from Germany do 'Evil Dead' in OK Thrash Metal style with a funny acoustic introduction in the vein of GYPSY KINGS. TERMINAL PLAN is just brutal demo-Death on 'See Through Dreams' and have a disappointing sound quality. BLACK SPIRAL from the US only deserve credit for replacing the guitar leads by piano-parts on 'Within The Mind' but otherwise just suck while pretending to play the song. PESSIMIST seem to be on a rush with '1000 Eyes' and aren't exactly keeping the original flow of this great track, too bad! NEUROSILENCE from Norway play a solid, basic version of 'Trapped In A Corner'. Nothing exciting but at least no huge insult here. FURY from Australia should be one of the highlights on this album and their version of 'Sacred Serenity' is pretty alright and driving. WAVES from Czechia close down the compilation with a pretty different approach, as they perform 'Crystal Mountain' in an almost ambient-like way, nice atmosphere and plenty of effects / samples with some individual accent that stands out in comparison to the other versions on the record. All in all a pretty lame tribute record, especially because DEATH is a band that has so many great songs deserving praise by talented bands. I really look forward to seeing the day where some label gets working on some quality release to show respect to the masters of Death Metal. As for "Demonic Plague" - please avoid!

Leif Jensen

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Altars Of Mad Death Vol. 1 - by Ramon Claassen
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Berlin Extreme 2006 - by Tim Klöcker
Berlin Extreme 2007 / Vol. 2 - by Tim Klöcker
Better Undead Than Alive - by Ramon Claassen
Black Lotus Records DVD - Sampler - by Torsten Gründig
Born To Punish The Skies... A Deathmetallic Brotherhood In Darkest Mourning For God
Tribute To HEADHUNTER D.C (Vol. 1)
- by Thomas Meyer
Brazilian Assault - by Frank Stöver
Century Media - Covering 20 Years Of Extremes - by Nathan Shapiro
Conqueror Of The Ibex Moon Vol. 1 - by Stefan Franke
Contaminated 5.0 - by Edouard Vergriete
Death Rules Supreme - A Tribute To Mortem - by Thomas Meyer
Death... Is Just The Beginning Vol. 6 - by Leif Jensen
Deathophobia Vol.VIII - by F.Cthulhu E.
Don't Burn The Witch - A Heavy Speed Compilation - by Frank Stöver
Face Your Underground Vol.1 - by Frank Stöver
Face Your Underground Vol.2 - by Frank Stöver
Face Your Underground Vol.3 - by Frank Stöver
Face Your Underground Vol.4 - by Frank Stöver
Face Your Underground Vol.5 - by Frank Stöver
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From The Underground... For The Underground - A Tribute From The Hordes To Bathory - by Thomas Ehrmann
Fryslân - by Thomas Meyer
Grind Madness At The BBC - The Earache Peel Sessions - by Michael Tak
Hellbangers - Metal Forces - by Manolis A.
In The Eyes Of Death II - by Schenk
Keep It True - The Underground Kodex Compilation Vol. I - by Michael Tak
King Diamond Tribute - by Frank Stöver
Metal Inquisition Compilation - by Julian “Inquisitor of Metal” Nunez
Metal Mania 2008 - by Frank Stöver
Metal Message IV - by Matthias Auch
Metal On Metal - The 4th Crusade - by Luxi Lahtinen
Metal Reigns Supreme - by Stefan Franke
Monsters Of Death - by Frank Stöver
Monsters Of Death Vol.2 - by Frank Stöver
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Obscene Extreme 2003 - The DVD - by Michael Oelschlegel
Overload 2 - Tribute To Metallica - by Frank Stöver
Party.San Festival DVD 2006 - by Nhashi
Rage Of Achilles - Conquest For The Empire - by Frank Stöver
Reflections From The Abyss Chapter 1 - by Wes Rhodes
Relapse Singles Series Vol.3 - by Frank Stöver
Relapse Singles Series Vol.4 - by Frank Stöver
Relapse Singles Series Vol.5 - by Frank Stöver
Requiems Of Revulsion - A Tribute To Carcass - by Frank Stöver
Resurrected In Festering Slime - by Anders Peter Jřrgensen
Resurrected In Festering Slime - by Thomas Ehrmann
Revolution Calling! (+ DVD) - by Christoph Göbel
Rising Of Yog-Sothoth - Tribute To Thergothon - by Matthias Auch
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Seven Gates Of Horror - A Tribute To Possessed - by Frank Stöver
Speed Kills... Again - by Wes Rhodes
Spikefarm Sampler - by Nhashi
Strong As Steel - A Tribute To Anvil - by Angelica Jannone
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Swedish Death Metal - by Julián Núńez
The Dead Pit Compilation - by Frank Stöver
The French Underground Series - by Christoph Göbel
The Plague / The First Cuts - by Frank Stöver
The Reaper Comes III - by Christoph Göbel
Thrashing Holocaust - by Frank Stöver
Tribute To RULSION - by Leonard Likas
Unforgotten Past - In Memory Of Chuck Schuldiner - by Ramon Claassen
Vates Noctes Compilation Vol. I - by Nhashi

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