Listen Up: Wednesday, January 18, 2006
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Demiricous

One (Metal Blade Records)

By Justin Press

Finally. Demiricous’ full-length debut, One, picks up where Slayer left off about 20 years ago — primordial pounding, rapid-fire riffs, growled vocals, and all. From the opening crunch of lead-off track “Repentagram,” the three guys in the Indianapolis-based Demiricous come on hard and fast but with enough melodic lift to separate them from blustery thrashers and death-metal heads. Demiricous appreciates random head-banging but enjoys making music, too. Listening to One, you may even find yourself (gasp!) tapping your foot.

But don’t mistake them for hair-metalists. Beneath the up-tempo vibe are lyrics as nihilistic as anything penned by Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor — or Nietzsche. Faith, morality, the existence of a higher power, capitalism, conformity — everything is crap to Demiricous. The furthest that earlier, popular metal bands had taken misanthropy was to complain about social ills and issue warnings of assured nuclear destruction (see: Megadeath, Anthrax, Biohazard). The furthest that earlier, popular metal bands had taken evil was to make silly declarations in support of Satan’s “great power.” No popular metal outfit, as far as we know, has ever limned the contours of evil as intelligently or as aggressively as Demiricous.

In the perfect anti-bourgeoisie, anti-you, anti-me, anti-them touch, the video for “Vagrant Idol” features a horde of angry New Yorkers wrecking a fancy car. Sweeeeet.


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