Demoniac
Intemperance

What do H. G. Wells, Doctor Who, Emmett Lathrop Brown, Bill S. Preston, Esquire, Ted “Theodore” Logan, and Chile’s Demoniac, and their debut full-length album, Intemperance, all have in common? Time travel of course, you silly gooses. In fact, Intemperance may be the closet thing any of us actually get to achieving time travel here in the latter part of 2017, barring you don’t wish to journey back more than thirty years. Seriously though, this four piece thrash attack wields some pretty impressive chops and a hell of a knack for some good songwriting throughout this ripping affair.

Like a mixture of some of metal’s best and most raw from ’87-’91, Intemperance shines in a fierce and blistering display that reeks of a love for albums such as Schizophrenia (Sepultura), Illusions/Chemical Exposure (Sadus), Persecution Mania (Sodom), Pleasure to Kill (Kreator), Beyond the Gates (Possessed), Piece of Time (Atheist), and even a smidge of Leprosy through Human (Death). Hell, even the album’s production sounds straight out of 1987; a trait that is both endearing and harmful for obvious reasons, yet to the band’s accord, there’s not a single dud to be found within the album’s eight tracks. I was quite surprised at the adept ability of the band to craft such strong material, with quite a few change ups in each song, and keep the pace and presentation breakneck and intriguing.

Picking an album highlight is actually quite taskful, as every song on Intemperance is chock full of fist-banging moments. In fact, the true hightlight(s) of the album are the individual players themselves. Most notably, in the driving intensity of the riff barrage and impressive leads of  guitarist, Nicolas Young, and guitarist/vocalist, Javier Ortiz, coupled with the downright stellar “DiGiorgio”-isms of bassist, Vicente Pereira. Skinsman, Rodrigo Poblete is nothing to scoff at either, as the man gives one hell of a punishing performance, though there are times his tempo is a tad too blistering, i.e., he could benefit from a click track/metronome.

Fierce, raw, complex, tight, simple, and even sloppy, somehow could all describe Intemperance, as well as intriguing, dynamic, genuine, and trend bucking. Finding a good place nestled in between the likes of Vektor and Ripper, Demoniac is a nice little find here towards the end of 2017. If you’re more of a gloom and doom, morose type of fucker, this isn’t for you; but if exuberant, fun, thrashy as can be, head banging excitement is something you live for, then step up suckas, ‘cuz Intemperance is going to please you like a gaggle of high class whores. If you can’t enjoy this album, even just for  little bit, then I seriously, have doubts in your taste and metal credibility…(whoever you are).

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Written by Kristofor Allred
November 1st, 2017

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