19
Oct
07

review: demiricous – two (poverty)

My first exposure to Demiricous was at the 2007 New England Metal and Hardcore festival. I had never heard of them but had been told that they were a solid modern thrash band by my fellow bloggers, Nate and” WARGLORY.” The performance was short, as most are at festival shows but I was really impressed. I got their first album, One (Hellbound), and after listening was instantly a fan. Their sound on that album was of the “death-thrash” style, most comparable to recent Slayer releases with more guttural vocals. In their sophomore effort, Two (Poverty), Demiricous has found their true sound and style. From start to finish each of the 12 tracks has a great flow and a gritty, in your face style that beckons you to bang your head. It strays slightly from their previous release in that the vocalist, Nate Olp, has changed his style. Instead of the raspy vocals used on One (Hellbound), Olp pulls back on the raspy style and pushes forward with a more straight forward bark which is extremely similar to that of Human Furnace from the Cleveland metalcore pioneers, Ringworm. I also notice other similarities to Ringworm in the overall sound of the album, especially to Ringworm’s latest release Justice Replaced by Revenge. The riffs and beats are very similar and the songs seem to follow the same pace (The difference is that I was not a fan of Justice Replaced by Revenge.) The reason why I love this new Demiricous album is because unlike Ringworm, Demiricous has pushed this album in a direction in which they needed to go: Thrash. Their previous album was a great start but it wasn’t spectacular. If they had continued with the sound off of “One,” they would have had a small run and faded into obscurity. “Two” takes every good piece from “One” and runs with it and pushes it away from the Death side of Thrash and more towards pure Thrash without sporting ripped jeans and Nuclear Assault concert tees. The album is crisp, rugged and fast; just what every Thrash fan should want from a young band in 2007 (not named Municipal Waste).

Two (Poverty) is a huge accomplishment and step forward for Demiricous. This album cements them as one of the top Thrash bands today. In addition to that honor, it could very well push them to the next level in terms of popularity. The album is catchy and palatable enough for the casual metal fan to really enjoy. Its fast paced and an overall entertaining listen. While it may not be the 80’s when Thrash was hugely popular in the metal scene, with releases like Two (Poverty) and The Art of Partying by Municipal Waste, Thrash is still alive and banging its head in 2007.

VERY GOOD

Top Tracks: Never Enough Road, Engineer, Knuckle Eye

Similar Bands: Slayer, Blood Tsunami, Ringworm

  1. “Never Enough Road”
  2. “Expression Of Immunity To God”
  3. “Knuckle Eye”
  4. “Leprosaic Belief”
  5. “Language Of Oblivion”
  6. “Tusk And Claw”
  7. “Appreciation For Misery”
  8. “Engineer”
  9. “Celebration Of Damage”
  10. “Acid Lung”
  11. “Stress Festish”
  12. “Blackish Silver”

Scott Wilson- Rhythm Guitar
Ben Parrish- Lead Guitar
Nate Olp- Vocals, Bass
Dustin Boltjes- Drums

Metal Blade (2007)
www.demiricous.com
http://www.myspace.com/demiricous

 

Reviewed by: Cole

 

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WarGlory’s Top 10 of 2007 (so far)

BEST

1. Circus Maximus - Isolate

2. Abigor - Fractal Possession

3. 3 Inches of Blood - Fire Up the Blades

4. Municipal Waste - The Art of Partying

5. Dream Theater - Systematic Chaos

6. Threshold - Dead Reckoning

7. As I Lay Dying - An Ocean Between Us

8. Behemoth - The Apostasy

9. Megadeth - United Abominations

10. Agent Steel - Alienigma

WORST

1. Iced Earth - Framing Armageddon

2. Aria - Armageddon

3. Kruger - Redemption Through Loooseness

4. Machine Head - The Blackening

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