Demilich
The Four Instructive Tales... of Decomposition


4.0
excellent

Review

by oltnabrick USER (21 Reviews)
September 3rd, 2014 | 28 replies


Release Date: 1991 | Tracklist


For those already familiar with Demilich’s unique and fairly unorthodox approach to making death metal that was likely recorded in the cold depths of purgatory, you can stop reading here and fire up the media player of your choice, because The Four Instructive Tales ...of Decomposition, the bands second demo, makes no changes to the sound you are already accustomed to. For the uninitiated, be forewarned: Demilich's sound is intense, inhuman, just flat out fucked up.

On The Four Instructive Tales ...of Decomposition, Demilich's first real collection of songs (the previous demo was a twelve minute instrumental), the listener gets a real taste of what Demilich is all about. The riffs follow their own ideas of structure resulting in sections which sound like they should be jarring and similar to a free jazz inspired death metal album, but are joined so well together that they are saved and somehow coherent pieces of music. The drumwork on "Two Independent Organisms" is particularly noteworthy; fitting in perfectly (not at all) with the guitars and vocals with an incredibly wide-ranging display of fills and odd-time signatures. Blast-beats still featured as will most death metal of this variety, but they usually appear as opposites to the guitars as a way of keeping things interesting.

Although the mix is poor, it's probably one of the better produced death metal demos of the early 1990s. It still comes with flaws however, with instruments jumping around and the guitar levels occasionally being dropped in the mix due to a hard cymbal smash or a deep, belting "burp" from vocalist Antti Boman. It's also a real shame that the drums sit too low and the vocals always sitting too high in the overall mix. Although this put more emphasis on Boman's voice which is arguably the most obviously strange thing about the band (and for some, the most attractive), it does detract from the overall musicianship of the band.

Although not without flaws, The Four Instructive Tales ...of Decomposition is a solid slab of Finnish death metal and if you enjoyed Nespithe this is sure to tickle your fancy.

3.9/5



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Let
September 3rd 2014


1608 Comments


Good Review. I was jamming Nespithe earlier, and this shit is just as nasty. Though the production weighs it
down unfortunately.

ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
September 3rd 2014


11673 Comments


Great review, i think i need to check this band out at some point

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emester
September 3rd 2014


8251 Comments


Nice review, oltna. Nothing beats Finnish DM

KILL
September 3rd 2014


81233 Comments


demoz

Hovse
September 3rd 2014


2713 Comments


pos'd

LepreCon
September 3rd 2014


5453 Comments


Nespithe is tits. Might DL this later

tempest--
September 3rd 2014


20632 Comments


arcade you'd know what he meant if you had listened to this band

have only heard the full length from these guys but I bought their discog box set so this should be on disc 2, just haven't listened yet

Let
September 3rd 2014


1608 Comments


Nice, I was thinking of buying one of those. Disc 3 is awesome as well.

sonictheplumber
September 3rd 2014


10370 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

nice

ButteryBiscuitBass
September 3rd 2014


11438 Comments


Sweet review Oltna, have a POS.

Phenomenal band.

Hyperion1001
Emeritus
September 3rd 2014


19985 Comments


rules

Hawks
September 3rd 2014


68337 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I need this hard.

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facupm
September 3rd 2014


11368 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

cool this is really good



ShadowRemains
September 3rd 2014


25005 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

rules like everything this band has ever done

evilford
September 17th 2014


42078 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

best demo ever? maybe. excluding musta seremonia

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
September 17th 2014


24951 Comments


You say that like you've actually listened to it

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ffs
September 17th 2014


5330 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

eructation means burping and this is a demilich thread. #spookey

facupm
September 17th 2014


11368 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this rules, its a fact



sonictheplumber
August 3rd 2015


10370 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

elite

oltnabrick
August 3rd 2015


36485 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hell yeahhhhhhhhhhh

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