To say that SLAYER is one of the most influential Metal bands of all time may not even compare to the actual truth of that statement. They have influenced too many bands and too many genres to ever fully count and their relevance in the world is still quite strong to this day. DEMIRICOUS takes their SLAYER influence to the next level. One could easily just refer to them as SLAYER Jr.
Although on DEMIRICOUS’ debut album, “One (Hellbound)”, the band does alter their pure worship slightly. Adding a tinge more of a Death Metal influence to the sound, the band does try to stake out their own corner from the Thrash Metal tyrants and at times it works, but most of this album still sounds a bit too close to their idols to truly be unique.
“One (Hellbound)” is an album that crossbreeds 80s Thrash and mid 90s Death Metal. Thrashy song structures lead to monster Death Metal riffs and with a solid dose of the snare driven drumming overlaying the double bass, this is easily one of the best worship bands out there. It could have been a later era Thrash album if it wasn’t for the guttural Death Metal roars in the vocal department. It’s got some solid performances and some strong songs on the album but nothing that is going to light the fire under your ass. The songs tend to run short and burn out quickly with high energy so that even with 12 songs on it, it still only clocks in barely over 40 minutes.
The album’s main flaw is that it still feels as though DEMIRICOUS are a worship band to the greats instead of trying to blaze their own path of glory. The influences are up front and in your face instead of lurking under the originality. I kept waiting for them to throw in a slightly different sounding track to keep some kind of variance going in the album but each track comes blasting out with intensity and speed and it never lets up.
“One (Hellbound)” is a great little debut for the band and I do enjoy listening to it every once in a while. Not original enough to put the band on the map, but it does garner a lot of fans of Thrash and the band put on some great solid performances. Personally, it’s a great side dish to go with a staple like SLAYER or KREATOR but as a main dish it doesn’t quite fill me up.
Songs to check out: “Ironsides”, “Matador”, “Repentagram”.
(Online December 11, 2008)