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Review: Demonlord - Helltrust

Label: Source of Deluge Records
Year released: 2002
Duration: 44:41
Tracks: 10
Genre: Power Metal

Rating: 3.25/5

Review online: May 2, 2005
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating

Rated 2.75/5 (55%) (4 Votes)

From looking at it, I was pretty sure this was a Death Metal CD, but actually Demonlord are Power Metal with a definite lean towards the melodic Italian school. This was put out way back in 2002, so I am assuming Source Of Deluge is doing a wider release. This is the second album for this band from Hungary, and while it has weaknesses, overall it is pretty good.

If you took the basic Italian style of bands like Seventh Seal or older Domine and gave it a shot of thrash in the guitars, you'd be pretty close to this band. The guitars are a lot heavier and more upfront, and there's no prog stylings at all, but the riffs and vocal melodies are very much Italometal. Vocals are a weakness here, as singer Balazs Jurasek is not really that good. The vocal lines don't ask much out of him, and they use echoes and overdubbing to try and make up for his deficiencies, but they really need a better singer. The vocals manage not to distract, and they don't hurt the band overall, but a singer should do more than just not hurt.

There are some pretty good songs here, and Demonlord sound best when they speed up and get thrashy. If they had a strong, rough vocalist in the Rock n' Rolf or Piet Sielck mode, they could kick some ass here. A lot of this disc is pretty generic, but it never wears out its welcome, and with better vocals and some strong songs, this band could put out first-rate album.

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