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Each section, each beat and each tempo shift comes at the right time. Nothing feels rushed. The instrumental opener "Perpetual Ascent" is a perfect demonstration of death metal essence , and far better than the version on the album. It all sounds effortless. Demigod tell a cohesive story through their sequencing, summoning you to obey their primal groove. For an instrumental intro, this one is up there with "Hell Awaits". The segue into "Anxiety" is flawless. This is another song that builds slowly, riff upon riff, turning the screw as the speed increases.
They make you wait. There is a feeling of inevitability when each trope finally arrives, always in context and always subservient to structure and flow. By this point, the listener is seduced by the rhythm. Few death metal bands lock their rhythms as well as Demigod. The drummer is key to everything. He never grasps, he just pummels away and picks his moments. So many death metal bands show too much, too often, too early e.
Demigod make no concession to such peer pressure on this demo. It has some inexorable groove-orientated riffs, particularly the one starting at This sort of riff would later dominate the maligned nu-metal sound, but groove was an ingredient of elite death metal long before the first Korn album. For Demigod, these grooves are merely another tool of their trade, to be used in context and with restraint. Also, notice how the drummer hits the ride cymbal repeatedly towards the end of the song.
More drummers should get their cymbals to sound as righteous as this alas, this kind of drumming is a fading death metal craft. The final song "Succumb to Dark" is less memorable but is still superb. The latter half is particularly strong, building to a finale with semi-technical riffs smoothing out into simpler chugs and blasts. Perhaps the vocals are less powerful than on the album.
Perhaps the production blends the instruments together a bit too much. Still, these discrepancies also contribute to the overall effect. This demo is the sound of a young, hungry and brilliant death metal band at their peak. It is far superior to the excellent album that followed.
Here it is. The demo that caused an eruption in and left aftershocks that can still be felt 15 years later. Death metal really doesn't get much better than this. While "Left Hand Path" and "Dreaming With the Dead" take the trophy album-wise as far as I'm concerned , "Unholy Domain" is at the very top of the mountain in terms of demo tapes. I must have listened to this one over a hundred times since I first got it, and it has definitely taken its toll on the poor cassette!
In fact, the first thing I noticed when I popped it in is how worn out it was. It sounded like a 3rd generation dub, but I'm certain that I got it from a guy with the original and I remember it sounding very good in terms of production.
I keep telling myself that someday I'll copy all of this precious stuff to CD-R But back to the demo! Many people hold Demigod's debut album "Slumber of Sullen Eyes" in high regard, and rightfully so. It's an amazing endeavor of dark death metal and should be in every metalhead's collection. But personally, I think the demo blows it out of the water. It's ironic, because "Slumber It has more songs, better production and was released on CD; but despite those things, there's still something missing.
Part of it is the fact that out of the four songs on "Unholy Domain", only one ended up on the debut CD and it happened to be the instrumental track. Another thing missing is the beautifully disgusting presentation of it all. Yes, the musicianship on the album is stronger, but the demo sounds like it has more heart and spirit.Pridajte prvú recenziu pre “DEMIGOD – Unholy Domain LP BLUE” Zrušiť odpove REVENGE DIVISION – The Grey Eminence CD