Review Summary: Indian Metal. Wha?? Basically, an Indian knockoff of some of Finland's finest. It's a good start, I'm hungry for the future of Indian Metal...
Demonic Resurrection is a metal band straight from Mumbai, Maharashtra India. Not often do you hear about any bands coming out of that region but as of recent years, the Indian metal scene has been packing some serious heat to counter their American and European brethren. Demonic Resurrection is one of the most popular bands around the Indian scene due to their diverse and highly contagious style of music. Demonic Resurrection is a metal band that incorporate many different styles into their sound. Power Metal, Death Metal, Progressive, and even a small trace of Black Metal can be heard in their brand of aggressive music. Although they're from the east, their sound recalls some of the greats originating from the west.
Now we know this band is from India here comes the question. Is this band a novelty act or are they a band to be taken seriously in the global metal scene" Although they don't play anything terribly different than their neighbors in Europe, they exhibit enough talent and skills in crafting each song with enough variety to keep the listener on board. Upon listening the second track of the album "Apocalyptic Dawn", I could hear Children Of Bodom echo throughout with a blazing solo and fast catchy riff work while Mephisto's majestic keyboard run's paint a back drop for the music. The vocal work is much harsher and deeper than Children and at a time on this track, some pleasant female vocals enter the mix, adding some nice diversity to keep the song rolling. To make a comparison to where this band could fit in the metal niche would be between the likes of Children Of Bodom, Skyfire, and any other progressive or melodic death metal band. At times, they bring in an Opeth like dimension to the music, with various changes and tempo shifts. Each song could thrash about with a blinding aggression at one minute, and then kick up to a clean, melodic passage. One good thing about this band is that they add plenty of changes to keep the music fresh and interesting. Do they pull off all this bold experimentation perfectly throughout the album" Of course not, their are some nicks here and there but for the majority of the time, they do a damn good job in crafting each song to have it's own identity. Demonic Resurrection balances the heaviness with the melody at an equal pace, never overpowering the other.
Now, it comes down to the instrumentation. These guys have plenty of talent which they show constantly as the album progresses. The vocal work is top notch for most of the time as plenty of styles are incorporated without having to lean on anything particular. The Demonstealer, cheesy enough, switches between his harsh vocals and his clean singing for the duration of the disk. At times, he uses his gravely death growls to carry the way and then hit a higher register later on. They’re nothing you haven't heard before but executed pretty well and sounds pretty good. As a clean vocalist, his voice can debated because at times he's on the ball and other times he is not. Their are plenty of sections where his crooning positively affects the music and there’s also a few times where it can annoy the listener. Especially when he tries to be a power metal singer. A positive that counters Demonstealer’s limited vocal faults is that female vocals are brought in to enhance the songs. To be honest, I know that isn't a terribly unique idea but it actually benefits the song. Like Children Of Bodom, he carries an axe for the band. The guitar structure is competent and pretty similar to the bands I have mentioned, unsurprisingly enough. Fast blazing tempos, hard, groovy riffs, and plenty of solos make for good fun. Pradeep and Demonstealer trade off at times, demonstrating their guitar abilities. The keyboard work is pretty cool but nothing you haven’t heard already from any of these other Symphonic metal bands. Mephisto is essentially an Indian version of Janne Warman to cut it to a tee. You know what to expect. With the key work playing a huge role and the guitars being as loud as usual I thought the bass would be completely drowned out the whole time. Fortunately that is not the case. Although his role is a minor one, Husain can be heard from time to time with a distorted bass line. Nothing really impressive but at least it’s there trying to make it’s presence known. The drum work is pretty tight. I’d expect nothing less of course. A pretty basic template to this style of music but none the less, Viru plays with plenty of speed and dexterity to catch up with the fast rhythms of the music. There are plenty of speedy fills and double bass patterns to hold rhythm for the rest of the instruments.
Production is swell on “A Darkness Descends“. It captures each instrument at their best with a crisp sound. Guitars, drums, vocals, keys and even the bass is easily distinguishable and easy to comprehend. Now, this band doesn’t bring anything new to the scene musically, but it puts India on the map. I expect to see a fresh crop of first wave Indian Metal bands to make their presence known in the ears of metallers scattered across Europe and America Although this album isn’t perfect, this is a good sign to see where the Indian Metal scene can expand onto. This album came out almost 3 years ago so hopefully in the future, Demonic Resurrection can expand beyond their influences and create their own unique sound without having too lean on a particular band. Fans of symphonic metal (PoetAndThePendulum that means you) or metal in genre should give this a run. It truly is a marvel too witness how the basic form of Metal has been constantly been redefined in numerous cultures and various countries. No one can kill the metal….
I've been on a writers block as of recent times thanks to being broke and having nothing new to listen to as well as not being able to work music programs. Then I thought, why not Indian Metal.
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Solid review. I'd be more interested if they incorporated their own ethnic sounds into their music instead of being another Scandinavian metal cover band.
I agree. I'm hoping in the next release that they decide to do that. They're pretty good but need to lay of Follow The Reaper and such.
Album Rating: 3.0
I agree with ZooYorker, I think this would sound really interesting if they had put more of their cultural influences into the music.
indian metal :lol:
sounds good, good review
Good job, I may actually look into this. /pos
Thank you both. Yeah, check out their myspace, it's some pretty cool stuff.
this band has some SICK bansuri leads
I think this is probably the best review you've done... the band sounds interesting too.
Great review, although I'm pretty sure you meant to put this instead:
As a clean vocalist, his voice can be debated
This certainly sounds interesting, and if there's a decent amount of singing I'm hoping to like it.This Message Edited On 02.21.08
Thanks for the tip. I thought it was good but not as solid as my Draconian one, oh well. Ninjuice, you can myspace this. A Couple tracks from this album there. Most of the clean vocals are pretty good but at a time or two they can annoy.
Don't think I'll check this out, not that it doesn't sound interesting, but I'm just looking out for a few albums that I really want now that I'm a tad broke. Small nitpick:
Is this band a novelty act or are they a band to be taken seriously in the global metal scene.Needs question mark.
I give this about a 3.8, It's pretty solid but nothing you havent heard. I would have thought that an Indian Power Metal band would have garnered more interest. I blame it on the metallers, you free loading bums.
Coming from a not so common country doesn't really make me more interested in a band tbh
That is absurd. A metal band from India should be curious to just about anyone on this site. I know i am as well as trying to find bands popping up anywhere as random as Yugoslavia to Latvia or even Transylvania. Man, I'm goin myspacing now.
It's not absurd, it's my opinion. Like I said, it doesn't interest me where a band comes from.
I'm with Crimson on this. It doesn't matter where a band is from; if they're good, they're good. IMO anyway.
Nice to see the positive reviews on the album. While its far from being perfect we are getting better with each album, I think our last EP might show signs of improvement.
Also the clear vocals on the CD are not mine there are 2 singers, Pervez and Nimit who have contributed to the songs (details in the inlay of the CD). My clear vocals are only on 2 tracks: Behind the mask of god and Carnival of Depravity.Also this album does not feature lead guitarist Pradeep. he joined the band in 2006 and is o the EP, the guitar solos were by Warren Mendonsa(Ex Zero), Prashant Shah(Exhumation/Scribe) and Niranjan(Zero)
Want to also say the reason we don't use Indian instruments is because none of us listen to Indian music so its something we really don't relate to. I grew up listening to rock and roll from the 60s and 70s and then later got into metal. Also I don't even speak the Hindi language much, at home English is spoken hence lyrically I can only think and write in English.
Anyway once again thanks for the positive feedback. Our myspace page has one of the tracks from the EP as well as a pre-production clip of a song from our new album which is due for release in November.
Cheers & Stay Demonic
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Album Rating: 4.5
This is really good. The vocalist is great. This band along with Into Eternity are really good at mixing Death Metal, Power Metal, and Black Metal.
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