METAL HAMMER ALBUM REVIEW: DEMONIC RESURRECTION

9 08 2014

Here’s a reprint of my Demonic Resurrection review that ran in Metal Hammer.

DEMONIC RESURRECTION

THE DEMON KING

CANDLELIGHT

Ever since Mumbai-based Demonic Resurrection first burst onto the scene in 2000, it was clear that the then 17 year olds had the potential to be a devilishly good band. Led by their talismanic vocalist/guitarist Sahil “The Demonstealer” Makhija, over the years they’ve lost (and gained) members but one thing always remained-their ability to create monstrous slabs of symphonic death metal. This month, they release The Demon King and their first new material since the final instalment of the Darkness Trilogy (The Return To Darkness) begins with a bang in The Assassination. Stabbing strings, chugging riffs, layered vocals and even some Spanish guitar ensure that album number four opens ferociously and from there the Fear Factory-informed Facing The Faceless and the brass-infused, head-banger that is Death, Desolation And Despair make the opus a blast to listen to. Best of all is Even Gods Do Fall though. Regularly flitting from feral death metal riff-fest to piano-led, melodic brooder with ease, the game-changing track is quite possibly their finest recorded moment to date. [8]

EDWIN McFEE

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