Sunday, May 1, 2011

Demos Demos Demos...

Warhead "Twisted Metal" (CDR Demo)
Nice heavy production for a cheap looking demo. I think I got this in San Diego. Singer either has an accent I can't detect or is singing in a strange manner. He sounds kinda like the guy from EMF. That may sound like a criticism, but it's really just an unfortunate fact! Actually, I guess it is a criticism - the guy sounds all mellow and bored. Music is kinda mid paced and sounds like it's gonna go "Nu Metal" any second, but it never does which is good. This reminds me a Six Feet Under in a way. You know how Six Feet uUnder is always all mid tempo and you keep wondering why they don't speed up? Every time I see Six Feet Under they are great for like 60 seconds and then I get bored. Same deal here. But a less heavy Thrash version. Like the singer, the music is kinda half hearted and not exactly "vicious." If the riffs could talk they'd be saying "I'm kinda pissed off I guess. I'm not really sure." Not bad, I'm just not sure what this band's point is. To "kinda" thash? It's kind of funny actually. I'm almost laughing right now. myspace.com/hevvymetal

Motion to Sever (CDR Promo)
I think I got this in San Diego too. This is a trip, what am I hearing right now? It almost sounds like Traditional Metal but the singer is all Danziggy and it's really throwing a weird angle on things. Now he's getting all Phil Anselmoey. The music is mid paced. What is up with these bands playing like Peter Criss on the first Kiss album? Listening to this is like trying to sprint under water. Or some bad dream where you can't move your body. Speed the fuck up already! Second song has better riffs and is also called "Metal will Prevail." Dude this singer is hella Danziggy! What the fuck, this is a trip! I kinda like these guys, but they really got a wierd ass sound and it's messing with me. That's it, eject! www.reverbnation.com/motiontosever

Death's Eminence (CDR Demo)
I caught this band in San Diego. Some glam band opened the show, and then these guys came on (it was a strange line-up that night). They had no bass and they looked very young and green. 2nd guitarist was playing without a pick I think, which is usually the mark of a more unique band when it comes to fast shit. There was no denying after a few minutes, this band's got some killer music and they play the fuck out of their instruments! Reminded me of a cross between Athiest and Nocturnus. Fucked up ass riffs, crazy changes, hectic ass music. I approve. This recording is not bad for a demo and the playing is pretty raw, but personally I think it works in their favor here. For hardcore collectors of obscure Death bands - I would highly recommend this. reverbnation.com/deathseminence

Morbid Eclipse "Atomic Cult" (CDR Demo)
I think these guys are from L.A. The cover has some wierd upside down triangle symbol with a skull and an atom symbol in it. Not sure if these guys are going for the "occult" angle or the "Sci-Fi/Mysticism" angle. The music is stuck somewhere between Thrash and Black Metal. In a way it reminds me of really early Death Metal such as Slaughter, Massacre, or even something South American like early Sepultura or Pentagram. Not bad, just not a ton of originality and nothing really stands out. If this came out in 1987 people would be shelling out money for this demo today. But unfortunately it is 2011 and the time of proto death Metal has come and gone. Still, worth a listen if you are a fan of cult Black Death/Thrash. www.assaulterproductions.com

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