It is not very often anymore that a 3-song demo blows me the fuck away outright, but this Swedish quintet have done just that with Swarm of Death, their second demo since forming in 2006. Their style flawlessly embodies the work of their country’s Death Metal forefathers. A mid-paced, crushing display of heaviness and groove highly comparable to more recent Grave, but actually much better. Flawless riff follows flawless riff, as the spirit of Nihilist and Carnage is reborn and captured perfectly in a clear, modern production. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. In just under thirteen minutes, these 20-something lads have taken me through a whirlwind of nostalgia. Seance, Entombed, Hypocrisy, Dismember, Necrophobic, Unleashed, you name it, the influence shines through these three instant anthems. Comparisons aside, make no mistake, Daemonicus is no tribute band. They are not simply paying homage, but in league with these greats, and I am in awe of them. If only I had a record label. Outstanding. Not one flaw.
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