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Review: Demonist - Demonist

Label: Crypt of Dr. Gore
Year released: 2024
Duration: 17:12
Tracks: 4
Genre: Death Metal


Review online: June 29, 2024
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
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Rated 4.13/5 (82.5%) (8 Votes)

Demonist is a new French death metal band, formed in 2023, and like many death metal bands these days, they're obviously into old-school death metal, mostly the U.S. East Coast school, meaning brutality and heaviness are front and centre on this EP whose main fault is being short (well, not short for an EP, but you quickly find yourself wanting more once it's over). The growls are deep and mostly undecipherable and fit the band's fat and heavy sound. It's pretty fast stuff overall along with the mandatory slower, heavier, crushing passages, though fast or slow, these guys know how to give your ears a beating. Some of the riffs remind me a bit of mid-80s German thrash—you know, the rawer and dirtier style that set them apart from the mostly cleaner thrash made in the U.S. at the time. There are some elements more reminiscent of post-2000 death metal here as well, and Demonist do a good job of mixing the old and the new(er). For near brutal death metal, the music on Demonist is surprisingly catchy and memorable and gets the head banging and the foot tapping right from the start. Looking forward for more goodies from these guys.

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