Demiricous - Two (poverty)
Hailing from Indiana, Demiricous have gained an ample amount of notoriety in their rather short time on the scene. This is their sophomore release for Metal Blade, an apparant continuation of the previous One - Hellbound. Their thrash metal stylings can be easily summed up by an old comment from Slayer vocalist/bassist Tom Araya: "Can we sue someone for sounding too much like us?"
And that's really what we have here; Slayer worship through and through. At times far too few to really count, the band manages to capture something closer resembling their own sound, a def mix of thrash, grindcore and death metal. Songs like "Leprosaic Belief", "Engineer" and "Acid Lung" are the best examples of this. Everything else, more or less, is pure Slayer in tone and tact. Their vocalist is a dead ringer for Araya, at times you absolutely won't be able to tell the difference. The riffing is high-tempo, balls-to-the-wall and accented by straightforward drumming and bass that simply hangs out, never claiming much of the sound picture.
While 'plagarism' may be too harsh a word, it's pretty clear that Demiricous love Slayer and their classic thrash sound more than alot. But, what's good to note about this is that they attempt to recapture the band's glory years, the years of Haunting the Chapel and Reign In Blood rather than their more modernized nu-thrash. You gotta give 'em props for the tightness and gritty determination behind these 12 tracks, but in the long run the lack of their own vision sells the entire thing a little short. Two (Poverty) is a decent Demicrious album and the best album Slayer hasn't done since South of Heaven.
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