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An obscure, decent fast-paced power metal demo - 80%

Derigin, March 17th, 2013

Beyond knowledge of the demo and the band’s location, little is known of this project. If not for the work of a tape trader many years ago, and his willingness to spread it publicly online, this album would have fallen into obscurity. That said, for a short demo of no more than three songs, it is a remarkable piece of music. It is a sign of good fortune that this demo’s existence is known and its music can be heard at all.

At its roots, this demo is best characterized as fast-paced power metal, though it is worth noting that the musicians – whomever they may be – are capable and talented in their craft. The vocalist, while at times slow in his pronunciation, rises in octaves with ease and uses his range effectively. I would, truthfully, find his vocal tenacity to be equal to that of most power metal vocalists, though to see him attain such expectations on a demo album is certainly superb. The same is also true for the instrumentation, whether it is the deep consistent rhythm of “Warrior’s Land,” or the rising guitar solos in both “Unreal Life” and “Entity Rider.” In every case, the artists do no waver, or fall into the trap of becoming tedious or erratic. There is a high level of consistency with each song. It is fair to assume that the artists put in a significant amount of effort into their work. There is energy – substantial energy – in the way the artists approach speed, tone, and ability in the music of this demo.

The shortcomings of the demo, while few, are unfortunately apparent. Unsurprisingly, the production is rough and the mixing is less than ideal. This is exemplified in “Warrior’s Land,” where the guitars overwhelm the vocals and the drums to the point of irritation. While not unexpected for a short, obscure demo of this period, it might leave you found wanting. That contributes, in part, to the other unfortunate shortcoming: the obscurity. As a demo, this is but a sketch of a greater piece of art, and so we’re limited in scope by what is known and made available to us (and not at what might or could have been). As a demo, this is a fine piece of work, but I can imagine it might have made a good precursor to a much more fine-tuned and extensive full-length album. It is almost fascinating sometimes, both anthropologically and musically speaking, to look in hindsight at cases where a single demo exists decades ago and ponder on the squandering of skill and talent, and what a band could have done. That level of longing to know where the artists might be now and whether they ever did contribute to other projects is apparent in this case. In the meantime, I do recommend that one takes a listen to this demo. It is a decent power metal demo. As far as I know, it can be found online, and so that may be your best option to find it.