Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Initial Impressions: Demonical: Death Infernal

I saw this CD one day while browsing for something interesting and I almost did not pick it up. The album cover attracted my attention, so I knew that it would be metal. However, the name of the band threw me off. Demonical is kind of a nonsensical word and I had concerns that this would just be a deathcore album. Pretty far from it actually. In actuality, this is pure Swedish death.

Demonical was formed from former members of Centinex, a band I was familiar with, but never really checked out. The band has actually been around for some time, this is their third album, but for some reason I was not aware of them. But I am pretty glad I decided to pick this one up.

As I mentioned, this is pure Swedish death. Think the earliest albums by groups like Entombed, Dismember, and Grave for reference points. Grave in particular, because the vocal style is the same very deep guttural roar that Grave's early work was particularly known for. The band pulls off the buzzsaw guitar riffing style that the scene made popular and all of the songs are fast and furious. There are melodic moments, guitar leads and solos play a major role in a lot of the songs, so this is not pure brutality all the way through.

This is a highly recommended album for those that miss the early Swedish death masterpieces.

3 comments:

  1. Hey, I know I'm obviously way too late for this, but I finally found a song that would have worked for your wedding dance. I was listening to King Diamond's The Puppet Master, and realized "Magic" would be perfect. Lyrics:

    n the darkness...after the show
    Outside the Theater, the air is damp and cold
    All the people.. heading for home
    They don't believe, that what they saw was MAGIC

    Oh..it was Magic I know
    This night was full of it, I never saw the undertow...No
    Never saw the EVIL, never saw the EVIL
    I never saw the EVIL down below

    "I will never forget that night"
    I saw the MAGIC in your eyes
    We will never forget that night
    We saw the MAGIC in each other's eyes

    [solo: Andy]

    In the darkness.. after the show
    Outside the Theater, the air is damp and cold
    All the people.. they are gone
    Just you and me, and we believe in MAGIC

    Oh.. it was Magic I know
    Talking the night away, the things we like are all the same
    Wanna get to know her, wanna get to know her
    I gotta get to know her deep down inside

    [solo: Mike]

    Suddenly I feel so cold...it feels as if a Ghost is next to me
    Cold breath in my ear, as it whispers: "KISS HER NOW"

    Oh.. it was Magic I know
    That kiss one year ago, a magic seal of our eternal love
    Tonight she went to the Theater alone
    But she never came home and I gotta find her now

    "I will never forget that night"
    I saw the MAGIC in your eyes
    We will never forget that night
    We saw the MAGIC in each other's eyes
    "I will never forget that night"
    I saw the MAGIC in your eyes
    We will never forget that night
    We saw the MAGIC in each other's eyes

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  2. That is pretty decent. I wish I would have known about it. Unfortunately I am sure King's voice might have turned my wife off of it.

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  3. Mrs. MetallattorneyAugust 24, 2011 at 11:29 PM

    What about the part about evil and when she never came back?? :)

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