|Review: Demiricous - Two (Poverty)|
Label: Metal Blade Records
Year released: 2007
Genre: Thrash Metal
Review online: September 25, 2007
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 3.25/5 (65%) (4 Votes)
Demiricous play "modern" thrash (as opposed to the old school variety), which basically means you are most likely to compare them with new Exodus rather than its earlier incarnation. Don't get too pumped up about the comparison, what makes me think of newer Exodus is mostly the vocals, which remind me of some of the most annoying vocal work on "Tempo of the Damned" - think the chorus of "War is My Shepherd " (which made me hate that song with every fiber of my being.) The vocal style is shouted and makes me want to bitch-slap the vocalist. This is not "metal shouting" or even "crossover shouting", just "annoying shouting". Just because of this, it took me several listens before getting into this album and discover the music underneath the shout-fest. There are some better vocal parts, but they are too few and far between. Too bad, it shows the vocalist can actually do it right, but for some reason chose some... simplistic(?) style instead. Oh well, enough of that - for those who like that vocal style, this is almost an excellent album.
As with most modern thrash, the sound is quite polished and aggressive enough, flirting a little with death metal but without really getting there. The drums are very powerful, pounding throughout the album like there's no tomorrow. The guitar work is what shines here, however - very thick sound and riffs that could saw through steel. From slow, almost doomy moments, through galloping riffs and war-march like atmospheres, all the way to a few massive speedfests, the listener is treated to quite a bit of variety on "Two (Poverty)". I developed a neck-ache listening to this album over the past few days, with some songs it's practically impossible not to headbang like a maniac. Some of the solos have a similar effect, making you reach for that air guitar and go nuts. Save for the vocal style, this is one of the best modern thrash albums I've heard in a while.
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