maanantai 4. huhtikuuta 2016
Demonthrone - Behold, the Demonthrone demo 1998
Demonthrone - Behold, the Demonthrone demo I 1998
1) Behold, the Demonthrone
2) The Crypt of Malign Evil
3) O' Darkness Embrace Me
4) A Misty Village Afar
4shared / Yandex
I suppose this blog is best known for black metal? Or maybe synth stuff, depends on the reader I guess... never been that keen on making surveys and whatnot. Anyways, it is time we get back to what we usually do and here is again brother Grev conspiring with me: familiar division of work him dubbing and sending a scan, me ripping the tape and posting. Please do note that we never said it'd be good black metal, for today I give you the somewhat notorious and oft maligned Demonthrone. Some of you might remember this demo, which probably is their only one, scored a row of straight 1/5's from the staff of Meathooked 'zine sharing the dubious honour with such greats as Frostdemonstorm and Azaxul. That is enough to capture one's attention, especially someone often at odds with said editors' other reviews. I do remember the reception to this demo was universally quite sour which discouraged me from getting a copy back in the day. Fortunately G. wasn't daunted by such trivialities!
The cover is not exactly promising either, it's the wrong sort of crappy and amateurish. At least the song titles look decent enough. But music counts so we move on. A raw and echoy rehearsal sound is imminent when the silly demon voice intro starts the title track. Perhaps surprisingly the black metal that follows isn't nearly as bad as we've been goaded to believe, if not original or well executed either. The sound is very toleratable, songs generally on the short and simple and sort of bad side but it's definitely not even close to being worst stuff I've heard. Shabby for sure, but somehow almost sympathy evoking struggling. I bet the musicians were quite young. Not something you really want to sit back and listen to, though if you do I won't judge you. Question perhaps, doubt most certainly but not judge. Obsessive archivists of Finnish demonology will of course be interested in this, as well the idly curious who've read about it and probably there's someone warped enough to want this on vynil.