Demigod
Slumber of Sullen Eyes


5.0
classic

Review

by god ov dem USER (12 Reviews)
November 4th, 2010 | 348 replies | 20,424 views


Release Date: 1992 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The penultimate album of the early Finnish death metal scene. A must have for any death metal fan.

12 of 13 thought this review was well written

In the early 1990s, the Florida Death Metal scene was beginning to spread like wildfire; bands like Morbid Angel, Death and Obituary were setting the standards for Death Metal to come, while across the sea there were prime innovators such as Entombed (AKA Nihilist), Grave & Dismember bringing their own style with crushing, buzz saw-like guitar tones, and more guttural vocals.

Now, I bet you're wondering: Where does Demigod, and their cult-classic, 'Slumber of Sullen Eyes', fit into this? Well, what Demigod was doing was something different from a lot of the bands; while Entombed and the like were focusing on pure, unadulterated brutality for their music, Demigod were going for a darker, more atmospheric approach to death metal, something heard a lot today in bands like Opeth, Katatonia, or, to a certain extent, Nile.

From the eerie, ethereal synths of "Apocryphal", you can tell this isn't going to be your average "punch-your-face-in-and-rape-your-mother" style of Death Metal you usually hear. While Demigod my maintain this kind of mentality in their tremolo-laden guitar riffs and absolutely awesome and unpredictable double-bass work, they also combine many more melodic and harmonized riffs in the midst of the muddy-sounding guitars and extreme low-end of the album.

Another thing that really adds to the creepy and ungodly heavy nature of this album is the somewhat frequent use of breakdowns. I know a lot of people will cringe when they see this, but don't get me wrong; these breakdowns are not your typical "open drop-D chords played really fast in a 4/4 rythmic approach". No, these kind of breakdowns are just slower riffs that appear from the chaos of the aforementioned tremolo riffs. You might be expected them to be a bit of a break from the heavy guitar work, but in reality, they are just as heavy, if not more so. One such breakdown occurs in the track "Tears of God". It maintains a very ominous atmosphere with the harmonized guitars, yet still manages to be crushingly heavy.

Along with those breakdowns, there are a few very melodic sounding guitar solos, very much akin to early Suffocation or Cryptopsy. These guitarists truly know their way around the fretboard, but they do it in a rather inconspicuous manner, disguising the very technical riffs and song structures with just plain catchy riffing and use of melody.

In the end, this all boils down to a completely essential and sadly overlooked Death Metal album that many more people definitely need exposure to, hence this review. I hope that this will attract at least a little bit more attention to Demigod, as they certainly need it, despite their later works not living up to this gem.



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Pyosisified
November 4th 2010



2450 Comments


soooo good

demigod!
November 4th 2010



44158 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

it slays

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FadeToBlack
November 4th 2010



10914 Comments


yeah this never had a review

good review pos

Pyosisified
November 4th 2010



2450 Comments


yea now i realized it was only a soundoff cool thanks

Maniac!
November 4th 2010



26250 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

so glad this has a review now




fade will you pleez 5 this

Irving
Staff Reviewer
November 4th 2010



7177 Comments


Solid review. Got me interested in the album for sure.

Pos.

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Thor
November 4th 2010



10186 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album's pretty great

coneren
November 4th 2010



11111 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hell yeah

ShadowRemains
November 4th 2010



20538 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

was thinking about reviewing this...

awesome album

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Crysis
Staff Reviewer
November 4th 2010



16314 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah album slays

Hawks
November 4th 2010



35638 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Pretty much. Nice review too.

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ShadowRemains
November 4th 2010



20538 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

such great riffs all over the place

coneren
November 4th 2010



11111 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

such great tits all over the place

jingledeath
November 4th 2010



7104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is demigood

liledman
November 4th 2010



3826 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

oh man you went there

combustion07
November 4th 2010



5343 Comments


Album destroys faces. I can't believe it didn't already have a review.

coneren
November 4th 2010



11111 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

demigay

combustion07
November 5th 2010



5343 Comments


whoa

KILL
November 5th 2010



71482 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

album is awesome but not a 5 sometimes riffs and sections can go on for too long

also why has no one mentioned how awesome the drumming is gota love what he does with the cymbals

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XfingTheSullen
November 5th 2010



2499 Comments


I'ma listen to this.

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