Mammon
Demiurge


4.0
excellent

Review

by rasputin USER (201 Reviews)
June 28th, 2011 | 25 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: I am a false prophet, God is a superstition.

I've sat on Mammon's Demiurge for a while now. It's not because the demo is bad, in fact, it's quite the contrary - the three songs on this Canberra based band's first demo are all very excellent and have simply needed a little contemplation to properly write about. There is an immediate depth to Demiurge's composition, and as I will shortly explain, the demo's concept runs just as deep.

It's hard to pinpoint Mammon's style of music. If I were to make a very broad categorisation, I'd say post-metal. However, this does not sound anything like what post-metal commonly sounds like, e.g. Neurosis, Isis, Cult of Luna, Rosetta, whatever. There is a greater emphasis on sludge here, but I refrain from simply calling it sludge because there are progressive elements beneath the rawness. The beginning of 'II', for example, is black metal through and through, but it does not sound out of place at all - Mammon blend in the fusion of styles articulately, and so deviations from their usual sound fit in with the overall feel of the record. This also goes for the slight hardcore-y feel of the demo too - 'III' sounds very much like any European emotional hardcore group, with an almost post-rock inspired screamo template, or you could even describe it as having a little neo-crust influence, with its dark and numbing mood.

While the music itself is well-written and executed flawlessly, a great deal of thought has gone behind its concept - this concept of course encapsulates the demo, but it's also a pivotal part of the band itself, so future releases will possibly be further extensions of this concept. This concept, put simply, is opposition to religion. In the words of the band, 'as a band we believe that revealed religion (and, to a large extent, all religion) represents the ultimate personifcation of fascism, that it is exploitative, deceptive and inherently a force for evil, due to its advocacy of the master-slave relationship (the essence of abjection) and its promulgation of immoral and ultimately harmful teachings'. They strongly encourage and advocate naturalism as a framework for morality, which is something that I can definitely relate to, as I'm sure most of you can too. This concept follows through the band's music and lyrics, and also extends to their artwork, which you can see above.

The artwork was done by Jacob Rolfe, a Melbourne based artist who is familiar with members of Mammon. His depiction of a snake intertwined with a burning church sits very resolutely alongside the demo's concept - 'the lyrics on Demiurge express revealed religion as the 'Demiurge' [in other worse, the creator], personified as a snake (a creature typically chosen to represent evil), and argue against the intrusion of this immoral institution into our lives'. You can view Rolfe's work here - http://www.jacobrolfe.com/

Not only as an integration of creativity and concept, but simply as a rocking piece of music, Mammon simply succeeds. It's obvious that the band have an enormous amount of talent, and as good as Demiurge is, I feel that a lot of this talent is still untapped. This release is highly recommended, and any subsequent releases from Mammon will be undoubtedly excellent. Although providing the demo as an mp3 release for all of you to download, Mammon have also said that they would be willing to send a free copy of their CD to you, provided the shipping isn't ridiculous. If you're situated in Australia, get onto this. Otherwise, feel free to simply download the rip. The band is currently working on an EP which is due for recording in the next couple of months. Keep an eye out.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
rasputin
June 28th 2011


14968 Comments


this is a copypasta of my blogpost from last month

you can download the demo here - http://www.mediafire.com/?px5r270abnq0b42

im not sure if they still have copies of the CD-R available (or if they're still sending out copies) but here's their email if anyone wants to try - mammonband@hotmail.com

struth
June 28th 2011


435 Comments


They sent this to me in NZ for free which was cool. Good review.

Ovrot
June 28th 2011


13304 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I am intrested.

rasputin
June 28th 2011


14968 Comments


and so you should be

Ovrot
June 28th 2011


13304 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm downloading now but my internet is being all fucked up and taking long to download stuff. I'll listen ito t later tonight.

Aids
June 28th 2011


24460 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

hmm im not sure if this is my thing or not but i still want to try it out. nice review too.

Ovrot
June 28th 2011


13304 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Damn this is good.

sifFlammable
June 28th 2011


2741 Comments


how 'demo' is the production quality?

Ovrot
June 28th 2011


13304 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

not bad

rasputin
June 28th 2011


14968 Comments


why would production quality be an obstacle between you and good music

mariothehedgehog
June 28th 2011


375 Comments


This sounds pretty good. Band name reminds me of Chrono Trigger lol.

sifFlammable
June 28th 2011


2741 Comments


makes it easier to immerse myself in the music's atmosphere

but the production on this is pretty decent

Aids
June 28th 2011


24460 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah this is good but not really my thing at all. I like it but I don't love it.

Oceanus
June 28th 2011


881 Comments


Immediately thought of Chrono Trigger. Review is solid, though, so I think I'll at least check this out.

Ulsufyring
June 29th 2011


1748 Comments


this is good, though the first track is weak compared to the other two imo (though still quality)

rasputin
June 30th 2011


14968 Comments


yeah this is good but not really my thing at all. I like it but I don't love it.


it's a demo, you're not meant to worship it

for a new band who've only put out this one cd-r, this demo is fantastic, in both its execution and its concept

plus they're really dedicated musicians

Ovrot
July 8th 2011


13304 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

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Ovrot
March 12th 2012


13304 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Anymore info on this band?

Can't find anything.

rasputin
March 12th 2012


14968 Comments


i sent an email to dave a few days ago actually, last i heard they were working on new material for an upcoming vinyl release. not sure what the deal is now, when he gets back to me ill post any interesting news here.

Ovrot
March 12th 2012


13304 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

nice

keep me posted



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