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Demiricous is a rather new band that came together in 2001 with vocalist/ bassist Nate Olp, guitarist Scott Wilson, and drummer Chris Cruz. They were later joined by ex-Upheavel guitarist Ben Parrish. The band's sound is best described as the offspring of classic 80's thrash (Slayer, Sepultura, Megadeth etc.) and current day speed metal. The band made themselves known by opening for the likes of The Black Dahlia Murder, Exodus, and King Diamond among others, and even made a self-released EP titled Demo Anno 2004 in 2005. The disc caught the ear of Metal Blade Records, and thus, in 2006, Demiricous released their first full length album, One (Hellbound).
Demiricous prove themselves right in the start what they are capable of with the first track Repentagram. Beginning with vicious guitar riffs taken right out of Slayer's unholy bible (which this whole album is fueled with), followed by Lamb Of God style roaring. The song sets the standards for the album, and that is that it doesn't change much, flowing in a common thrash - roar - more thrash - more roars - breakdown/ guitar solo - more roaring. Although not at all a bad song, it is very predictable. Next is Withdrawal Divine, which has more steadier riffage then the last track, and also contains a lot more heavy drum work and blast beats. The song still follows the same pattern, but at least manages to have bite (including a better solo). It is apparent by the end of this song though, that Demiricous should consider being a Slayer tribute band.
Vagrant Idol, probably Demiricous' most popular tune, comes next with equal fury and speed as the previous two songs. In the song, Nate Olp tries to pull off what sounds like a young Chris Barnes, before another solo takes over. Although the song manages to stand out more then most of the songs on the album, it isn't much different. Beyond Obscene follows with a quick to ascend intro that blasts into yet another Slayer worshipping riff. The song has a lot more chugging the the other tracks, and makes a good headbanger song, but that's about it. Perfection And The Infection is another chug fest, but actually has a bass breakdown, and gives Nate Olp room to gives some grunts. The song stands out more then the others for the fact that the guitars give the other instruments room to breathe.
The next song, Heathen (Out For Blood), is probably my favorite. The song starts with Nate Olp roaring "Sink that fucker DOWN!" and the guitars burst into another head banging riff. The song is more guitar orientated then it is vocals, which do start to get annoying after this point. Cheat The Leader brings in a bit different thrash approach then Slayer for once, with riffs that remind me a bit of Exodus meets Children Of Bodom's Needled 24/7 (only without keyboards). The song is one of the more original ones as far as the thrash guitar sounds. The song also has very different breakdown, with a more melodic sound to the guitar instead of the 'chugga chugga shift'. Matador is another song with guitars much like the first track on the album. The difference is the presence of war cries that reminds me of Children Of Bodom. The song, other then that special attachment to the shouted word Matador, the song contains nothing new from Demiricous.
To Serve Is To Destroy is another hard hitting track that is basically raising the middle finger to Lamb Of God in speed and heaviness in the guitars alone. More war cries come in as the band screams "To serve!" during what I guess is suppose to be the chorus of the song. The song also contains the most catchiest breakdown on the album, and a smooth guitar solo near the end. Ironsides begins with a wicked drum intro before bursting into a riff much like the second track on the album. Aside from a great screeching guitar solo in the midst of the song, there is nothing special about the track. I Am Weapon is another great track on the album, also with war cries that seem to have a knack for screaming curse words throughout the song. Although the guitars do not bring anything new, the funny and crappy lyrics and vocals make the song good enough to give a listen. Hellraisers is the last track on the album, bringing an end to the aura of Slayer praising riffs and constant insanity. The song has some of the most heaviest blast beats on the album, but does not impress in originality. The constant screaming of "Hellraiser!" does have a some good effect on the ears in the midst of the repetitive riffs.
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Just 'cause you play really fast and have lots of atonal guitar wanking does not make you a good thrash band. You need riffs, and a convincing vocal presence, as well as a skilled drummer, and above all you need to have FEEL. And Demiricous lacks feel in a big bad way. They thrash really fast and hard and the drummer throws in some gratuitous blast parts to show he's down with the modern scene, the guitarists do their best Hannemann/King impersonations...and the album just falls on its face. And the production is nothing special either, too trebly and flat.
The vocals are monotonous rasping and the lyrics are just plain cliche as well, to make matters worse. I've read that these guys freely own up to their Slayer influence, and that's perfectly OK, but when all they do is rehash that influence and try to pass it off as something exciting, well, I take issue with that. Owning "Reign In Blood" does not automatically make you badass if you're in a band; if you can take that influence and do something with it, that's the kicker. And Demiricous simply lack that extra spark to take that to the next level.
Middle of the bill is the highest I see this band rising in the future, unless Ozzfest takes pity on them and decides to give their underserving asses a shot at headlining.
Demiricous is another new thrash band playing in the 80s vein along with countless others. Unlike most bands which try to sound like the bay area this band decides to make an attempt at copying Reign in Blood. I’m not even going to bother describing the riffs as any thrash fan reading this review should already have listened to Reign in Blood and if not would be much better off listening to it instead. Copying Reign in Blood is not necessarily a bad thing as that is one of the best albums in thrash history but it would have been nice if Demiricous could come up with their own riffs.
The vocals, oh dear these are boring monotonous generic growls. At least they chose to have something different from Reign in Blood. If they managed to produce growls with some bite to them and maybe something of substance then this could have sounded much much better, but as it stands the vocals are pretty shit and make no attempt of any change in tone.
I’ll give this a 50% which is exactly average for successfully copying Slayer. It is only worth purchasing this album if you want to hear Reign in Blood with a more modern production, thus more powerful and also if you don't mind boring generic growls for vocals.
Demiricous. According to the band members, they made up the name off the top of their head, and use it because it sounds cool. This describes their sound pretty well, it's not really significant, but damn does it sound cool. These guys have huge roots in the classics of thrash (Slayer, Exodus). As a whole, it's very refereshing to hear a new thrash band, especially one that's getting media attention.
As for the album, we have twelve moderately short thrash tracks that all kick a very large ammount of ass. Each one is laden with plenty of heavy as fuck pure-thrash riffs. All of the instruments preform at top notch, and are mixed well (though I can't hear the bass too well). The solos are exciting and interesting, which is a thankful contrast to the mass of bands with long, boring solos nowadays.
On the downside, there isn't much difference from one track to another, so it may feel like you've heard the same thing several times over. Making it even harder to differentiate, the vocals are growled in a pretty incoherent voice (think Sodom, without the easy-to-understand part), and the lyrics aren't as awesome as they could be. Sure, the lyrics are well thought out, but I'd much rather them just have fun and write more simple, fun lyrics (see Overkill - "I Hate"). Also, you can only use the word "caustic" so many times before it loses it's impact.
But on the whole, One (Hellbound) is a great album, especially in this thrash starved world. Despite it's downsides, this is an incredible thrash album from a band that just may help bring thrash back to the mainstreem.