Deivos - Demiurge of the Void

Posted on Wednesday, October 26, 2011

I had no idea what to expect of this third full-length offering from the Polish Death Metal horde known as Deivos. Their 2006 debut, Emanation from Below, was an outstanding face-melter of an album. The band blew me away with their blend of primal, unhinged brutality played with surgically precise skill. 2010’s Gospel of Maggots was a different story, however, as everything seemed taken down a notch in quality. Perhaps none more crucial than the LP’s highly inferior production. Inferior by the debut’s standards anyway. So, flip a coin. What’s Demiurge of the Void going to be about? Techno infusion? Their Prog album? Jazz? Bluegrass? Earlier works set to Classical music? No, thankfully none of the above. Just being a dick. I’m happy to report the band have delivered Emanation: Part Two to us, the malnourished and evercraving Death legions. Boy, did we need it. This is pure brutality done in the memorable way. The production is back to stellar. Kamil might be, if not the best, the most entertaining bassist in Death Metal. He has all the Websterian chops and a bass tone close to industrial machinery-meets-tsunami. What was that, you want to hear the bass guitar on a Death Metal album, do you? Feast! I was shocked to learn he is not who played bass on Emanation because the style and sound are identical. And it’s what sets Deivos apart really. “No Gods Before Me” cements the tone nicely with those thunderous Behemoth/Hate Eternal-style sweeping rolls. I guess that’s becoming the standard for the opening track on a brutal Death Metal record. No complaints here. Holy shit! They also have a new vocalist (appropriately named Angelfuck), who was not on the debut, who sounds exactly like their original singer. This is getting creepy, but I like it. Even with a completely revamped lineup, the band are recapturing the glory of the not-so-distant past. Maybe after the speedbump that was Gospel they had to clean house? Clearly the right move, as few Death Metal albums in 2011 will serve to be this pulverizing without being instantly forgettable.

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