Tuesday, June 30, 2015


by MMB
Demonic Slaughter (Poland): Haunted (Pagan Records)
Demonic Slaughter embraces black metal and its traditions: the necro sound, the kingdom of the tremolo riffing, and grim vocals. The information that I received says that the band detests those modern metal recordings, you know, the ones in which the drums are not live and not real, and in which computers have replaced, repaired, perfected and modified to such an extent that it is difficult to tell what the band played and what is a computer program. Demonic Slaughter calls all of those things "digital lies." This recording is an exaltation of primal black metal. The music is a lot more varied and memorable than I was expecting, but then, if you take into account that Demonic Slaughter, which was founded in 2006, has a total of nine recordings (albums, EPs), then it makes sense that it is a such a strong work. I happen to like tremolo guitar work and grim vocals, so this corresponds to what I want to hear. This band from Poland is new to me and I do not have their previous works. For this reason, I am not able to talk about their other music. On the other hand, these songs, in my opinion, work very well and the vibe is great, too. Don't let terms like "primitive" black metal fool you: this is a veteran band and if this work is anything to go by, you can be sure that they are professionals at their craft. Well done. I will listen more. www.paganrecords.com.pl

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