Demiricous - _Two (Poverty)_
(Metal Blade Records, 2007)
by: Jackie Smit (
Every so often, when the sight of yet another hooded, gangly emo-dork threatens to drive me to the brink of distraction, I'm comforted by the thought that in spite of so much mass-produced dross masquerading as modern-day heaviness, metal in its purest and most exhilaratingly alpha-male form remains in rude health. Thankfully, it hasn't only been down to the old guard to keep the flag flying either. Over the course of the last eighteen months, the flow of fresh-faced talent has been nothing if not reassuring. On the basis of pure instrumental ability and headlong conviction alone, Indianapolis' Demiricous should almost surely be counted among those illustrious names, but for their debut's incessant and at times subordinate Slayer-worship. So obvious was their love for the thrash titans' brand of speed of atonal riffing that even Tom Araya himself jokingly suggested the Demiricous be sued for plundering their back catalogue.Whether it's thanks then to the proposed threat of legal action, or the critics' unified accusations that these boys had spent far too much time listening to _Hell Awaits_ for their own good, the aptly dubbed _Two_ is both a reinvention and a return to basic songwriting artistry of sorts. From the stripped down production job through to the comparatively understated composition prevalent across each track, Demiricous have evolved into a sonic entity that use their obvious influences as points of departure rather than the building blocks of their onslaught. It helps that the technical prowess, so vividly on display on the band's debut, hasn't waned either. Across standout numbers like "Appreciation for Misery" and "Leprosiac Belief", the quartet execute each note and sequence with deadly accuracy and indelible passion. In fact, when all is said and done, you'd be tempted to say that _Two_ makes a strong enough case for Demiricous to return the favour and give Slayer a few pointers of their own.
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