DEMIRICOUS, the Indianapolis, Indiana based band has in a short time period gained considerable attention for their heavily SLAYER influenced brand of Thrash and even toured with such metallic luminaries as EXODUS, MALEVOLENT CREATION, KING DIAMOND and OBITUARY, among others. Their second full-length release “Two (Poverty)” is the follow up to their 2006 debut “Hellbound”.
The music on this latest album is for the most part an explosive blend of classic Thrash delivered with Hardcore-ish style vocals. With a very loud in-your-face sound featuring huge rhythm guitar hooks, the occasional guitar solo, and the angrily shouted lead vocals of bassist Nate Olp this is certainly not an album for the timid. Anchoring their thunderous attack is the intense drumming of Dustin Boltjes who pummels away relentlessly demanding to be heard above all else. Certainly not to be out done, guitarists Ben Parrish and Scott Wilson reply in kind, unleashing furious riffs of their own. The musical references to SLAYER may be hard to miss, but these guys sure deserve to be recognized on their own accord for the solid and very heavy album they’ve created.
The production courtesy of Erik Rutan is quite good with everything pretty much balanced and certainly LOUD! Don’t expect a lot of musical variety here though; it’s pretty much a non-stop wall of sound attack. Fear not though, as these guys are masters of mixing it up and throwing in all kinds of tempo changes to always keep things interesting. Favorite tracks included the chaotic barrage of “Knuckle Eye”, “Acid Lung” with its galloping and dive bombing guitars and ripping solo, as well as the instrumental “Blackish Silver” which seemingly pays homage to a certain Mr. Iommi conjuring the heaviest of crushing Doom-like atmospheres as a repeating riff of slow string bends howls away before finally disappearing into a cacophony of feedback. Not the most technical or complicated number, but it’s certainly a good cool-down track after the intensity of the previous songs.
This really is a killer album and I can’t recommend it enough to fans of old school style Thrash. The bands name might be a made up word, but there’s absolutely nothing imaginary about the ass-kicking you’ll get from this one.
(Online October 16, 2007)