DAEMONICUS (Sweden) “Deadwork” CD review by http://destructive-music.com

DAEMONICUS (Sweden) “Deadwork” CD review

by http://destructive-music.com

By LUKE HAYHURST

I hold Swedish death metal in quite a high regard as do many others. So a band whose lyrical inspiration comes from bashing religion and zombies, plays death metal and hails from Sweden is always going to grab my interest. “Deadwork” is the second album from Daemonicus and has been released through The Abyss records and sees the Umea based death dealers return from their 2009 debut album “Host of Rotting Flesh” and also their 2010 EP “11th Hour”

As the album artwork might suggest this is no enlightened stroll through the forest, more a fear inducing trek through the murk and gloom of a deadly underworld with mortal danger and large amounts of peril around every shadow strewn corner. Including a certain amount of old school death metal flavour into their modern sounding work, Daemonicus combine spectacular double kick drumming with grinding malevolent riff-age and of course no death metal album is complete without the deathly growls of a man who loves to abuse his vocal chords in the most vile of ways and luckily Stefan Hagstrom isn’t averse to a little bit of abuse when delivering his full throttle growls!

Yet as is so often the case with Swedish death metal Daemonicus have a little more to offer that furious growls and menacing riffs. Throughout “Deadwork” there is an unholy feeling, a deeply ingrained melodic undertone that runs through every chorus, sits neatly behind all the hostile battering that the band partakes in and in doing so keeps the album sounding genuinely heavy and monstrous yet also with many hidden darkened layers. The same can be said of the bands lyrical themes, from the right to your face no nonsense approach of say “We Feast on Your Flesh” or the equally zombie influenced “From Alive to Dead Life” to more cerebral and thought provoking titles such as “The Hymn of Ubo Sathla” and “The Grandeur of Total Termination”.

despite all of this though the most important aspect has to be how the album sounds, whether it flows well from one track to the next and how good the musicianship and song craft is and without a doubt this is Daemonicus’s strongest and most heart felt album to date, intensely furious and surging but with the constant hint at a shadow world within the aggression, “Deadwork” showcases another Swedish death metal act on the rise!

Rating: 8/10

Review link: http://destructive-music.com/?p=9132

Daemonicus links:

Myspace: www.myspace.com/wwwdaemonicusnu

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Daemonicus.nu

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/daemonicus

Last fm: www.last.fm/music/Daemonicus

Abyss Records links:

Label & Online Music Store: www.officialabyssrecords.com

Myspace: www.myspace.com/abyssrecordsofficial

Facebook: www.facebook.com/OfficialAbyssRecords

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/label/abyssrecords

Last fm: www.last.fm/label/AbyssRecords

Youtube: www.youtube.com/user/MinionfortheAbyss

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AbyssRecords

To purchase DAEMONICUS “Deadwork” go to: www.officialabyssrecords.com/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=daemonicus

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