|Review: Nunslaughter - Demoslaughter|
Label: Hells Headbangers
Year released: 2011
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: April 22, 2011
Reviewed by: Adam McAuley
Rated 3.4/5 (68%) (10 Votes)
This is a raw collection of demo material that displays energetic performances and sub-par sound quality. It has a similar feel to early Death, Obituary and Autopsy. The songs here are quite enjoyable and fun to listen to, but the music is held back by the production. Still, the production values on the first disc are far superior to those of the second disc, which contains primarily rehearsal material. Regardless, there is stripped down, yet groovy death metal to be found in every one of the many tracks of the release.
The songs gain some complexity as one delves further into the material, but never verge far beyond straightforward. Therefore my problem with the band is very similar to the one I have with Autopsy. The music is too simple and raw for my tastes and does push into an intriguing enough direction to truly catch my attention. The tracks here are very brief as well, so the impact they have is lessened. There are fans of classic death metal that will absolutely eat this up, but the music here has nothing on an album like Alters of Madness. One positive aspect to the material is that it has an element that likens it to thrash or doom in the groove-based nature of the riffs. The music reminded me at times of Celtic Frost, for example. Also, it is nice to view the progression of a band that eventually evolves into something decidedly more mature in the genre of death metal. The material from the demo Face of Evil which appeared later here was the one that caught my attention the most.
I actually became more engrossed in the songs the further I got into the material, as there is plenty of good to be found, but never was enthralled by any of it. Production values certainly have an influence on the overall quality of the disc as well. But the overall amount of material that's given here gives a good value.
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