This is a pretty interesting release. Starting with the unorthodox cover artwork showing some possessed dude doing kind of a table dance at a funeral (?) “Demoniahlizer” is not your standard Death Metal dish. While parallels in the description are drawn to the Death-n-Roll style of Entombed this is only one piece of the whole puzzle. While Entombed have always clearly stayed in the DM camp Demoniah take a similar style as a basis but add a lot more other ingredients to the mix. The foundation are also HM2 driven riffs but they are a lot groovier compared to their peers. I would not go the whole way to call this any kind of Groove Metal but it sounds more modern than anything Entombed has ever released. There is a lot of Punk and Hardcore influence in the riffing and while Demoniah is not the first band to incorporate those styles to the basis DM sound I believe they took this approach even further. Another influence that is quite obvious can be found in the Stoner Doom/ Rock genre that has gotten a lot of praise lately. While I am not up to date with that style and therefore cannot come up with any recent names for comparison I got reminded of bands like Kyuss. The music is really raw and dirty. Most of the time stuck in mid-tempo or even slower the whole record feels like a tank unstoppably moving through the desert. The drumming is pretty relaxed most of the time without any real speedy or flashy outbursts. There are a lot of shorter lead guitar sections giving the whole affair a very melodic feel. Sometimes bluesy territories are visited during these parts. At some point I would not have been too surprised to hear a saxophone next but that did not happen. Somehow Demoniah manage to sound quite morbid and sinister on one hand while also bringing a certain feel-good atmosphere to the table. While I tend to listen to most of my DM records during autumn/winter this is an album that can be blasted in the car driving home from work on a hot summer evening or at your next BBQ. Adding to this somehow split personality are a few sick spoken word samples sounding like taken out of slasher movies followed by catchy hooks and refrains to sing along. This might sound weird at first but it works in this context. The production is really raw and fuzzy and feels like it had been polished with sandpaper. Singer Jeovani Morais is doing a great job showing his darker side but also adding a certain Rock-n-Roll attitude to his delivery. While purists might be turned off by the overall mixture on offer each DM fan looking for something a bit different should give this one a try.
I would like to share my thoughts about first album from the band Demoniah. Their music style of the band combines heavy and groovy guitars rhythms, levitating leads and some stoner-melodic riffs covered by dirt of sound. You know, it is kind of album that has some nostalgic death metal approach but on the surface, they just rock on and have a fun of making sweet noise from the bitterness of life, also inspired by Southern metal. The songs are diverse. Guitar lines that they track down sound differently to each other as they perform the songs, and I think that solo guitarists brought quite original music ideas in songs 2,4,6,9. Vocals on the album are little down tuned with sometimes distortions and some; almost-clean sounding vocals as well. You can hear good vocal lines all over the album that fulfill atmosphere of the music everywhere it is needed. The band has taken many samples from horror movies that they placed between or during the songs. I recognized fragments from Seven, Dracula (Coppola) and there is much more of this kind of stuff which is pretty cool. So yeah, I am glad that Demoniahlizer has many movie hints, and despite their mostly religion character, the album is a bit witchy because of that. The bands lyrics have wider spectrum of various topics if you would like to dive into it, but it is a good read by the way. Demoniahlizer reminds me of post-death metal era of Entombed albums and this influence seems quite significant on Demoniah music, from my perspective. The thing is, Demoniah has not yet managed to bring out a better or even comparable sound for this particular album than the Swedes. I guess, they could not have, because it is basically home studio record which often has its limitations. The sound should be better I think, but it is not also bad or anything like that. If you like natural and easy-going music with chills - it is Demoniah from Brazil and they play death-n-roll metal in your face.
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