I’m not going to waste a lot of time beating around the bush here. Sweden’s Demonical is the ultimate in New Wave of Old School Swedish Death Metal. I admit, I’m a sucker for the style and I like nearly every band doing it right now, but Demonical is the true prize, the absolute cream of the crop. Being comprised of ex and current members of Centinex, Interment, and Grave among others certainly doesn’t hurt anything, but these guys can go toe-to-toe with anyone, past or present. The guitar sound? Pure Sunlight, modernized for maximum intensity, and force-fed steroids in between cocaine breaks. The vocals? Imagine a cyborg programmed to sound like David Vincent and Ola Lindgren in their early ’90s primes, now force-feed it steroids in between cocaine breaks. Everything about this band is everything Swedish Death Metal should be. If you don’t own this and the equally flawless Hellsworn, you need to commit suicide immediately. They even do a Swedeath cover of Emperor’s “Night of the Graveless Souls” [apparently that’s only on the Limited Edition version - Editor] and fucking nail it! I wish I could give this album a 20.
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