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Review: Demonica - Demonstrous

Label: Massacre Records
Year released: 2010
Duration: 48:35
Tracks: 10
Genre: Thrash Metal

Rating: 3.25/5

Review online: July 4, 2010
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating

Rated 3.6/5 (72%) (15 Votes)

With such names as Hank Shermann, Craig Locicero and Mark Hernandez as members of this band, the bar is set high from the get go. Demonica more or less deliver with Demonstrous. Thrash is the name of the game here, but it's all over the place and it's hit or miss. The best songs sound like a good mix of 80s Kreator, Destruction and Slayer – from both a musical and vocal standpoint, while the weaker stuff is more in line with modern, post-2000 Thrash (and I'm not talking about the so-called "Thrash revival" here.)

When they get it right, they get it right: Crunchy guitars with razor-sharp riffage that makes you dust off that air guitar, pounding drums and aggressive-but-clean, powerful 80s-style Thrash vocals. Unfortunately some songs get off to a good start, only to turn into the more modern form (which I was never particularly fond of), when they're not downright "modern" from beginning to end. Fortunately none of this is actually horrible. Rather it's an unequal release where fucking cool Thrash shares the room with rather disposable, forgettable stuff. With that said, there's enough good stuff here to make it worth checking out. Those who don't mind modern Thrash will most likely get more of a kick out of this than I did.

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