III: Chaotic Lethal

The first time I heard Indiana’s Demiricous was their debut One (Hellbound). I remember thinking that if the Bay Area bands had an orgy; Demiricous would be the outcome of that unholy union. They are undeniably heavy, with razor sharp riffs and often soaring solos, some impressive drum work makes it a total package that’ll get your long-haired melon bobbing.

Opening with “Unconditional Hate” a track that rises from a rather quiet intro and we have a crushing Pantera-esque song that puts things in order. According to Metal Archives, their lyrical themes are: personal issues, acting tough and street life… I mean they are pretty angry about stuff, which is why this is another one of those “driving to nowhere at one hundred miles an hour, while purposely hitting animals” songs. It’s a thing, you can look it up.

This is a fun album to listen to though, there’s a lot of tasty riffs getting thrown into the soup. “Smoke Chaser” takes no prisoners (and no shit), “Merciless Slut Cult” is a personal favorite with Slayer style riffs rearing up for the first time, well sort of, Slayer is a huge influence on the band’s sound; song structure and delivery, however this isn’t parody. This isn’t “Reign in Blood” for Satan’s sake, but it is a powerful slab of Extreme Metal cut from the finest stock.

“Choke” and “Faith Crime” close out the album and each one is a rager, the former being a thrashtastic feast of blasting drums and windmill headbanging; while the latter starts out with an eerie guitar tone before bursting into another heads down thrasher, and for 9:18 the music bludgeons your ears before culminating in a white noise laden boom.

Overall, I liked this one. It keeps one foot solid in Death Metal territory, and the other in the raw, blistering eighties with harmonies and loads of melody; not Melodic to the point of sweeping orchestras and shit like that, but a darker groove that hooks and snares it’s prey. A great album for a hot as Satan’s asshole summer, check it out!

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Written by Jeremy Beck
June 28th, 2022


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