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DEMONIC SLAUGHTER (Pol) "Dark Essence"


The music on those tracks is very well varied, in example “Inner-Self Transfiguration” being pretty classic, fast and brutal black metal devastation, which would bring you such bands as Mayhem, 1349 or Urgehal to mind, while “Into the Unknown” is something completely different, with unusual rhythms and guitar playing, to the point that… well, it even brings bands like Mortuary Drape to my mind. The band more easily creates the sinister and gloomy atmosphere, “Black Storm Invocation” being another fine example, as it basically is possessed, sick and disturbing kind of intro, with guitars making just some sort of noise rather than playing riffs (with no drums parts in it at all) and vocals yelling, screaming and howling like a tortured soul was experiencing the most horrendous pains. “Vampyr” is also such kind of a song, very similar to “Black Storm Invocation”, even in the similar way to the likes of Abruptum or more sickened fragments from Mayhem’s “Ordo at Chao” for instance.

As “Descending Towards Oblivion” and „Blades of Decay” are again more traditional black metal songs, in both sound and their structures, it results in “Dark Essence” being divided into two very different kinds of hellish and hateful styles. I actually like both quite a lot and I think that it’s cool that Demonic Slaughter has incorporated something like that into this EP, as it results in perfectly dark, but varied music. Besides, I must also underline how great are the vocals of Xaos Oblivion, sometimes they’re very similar to Attila’s inhuman yells, but Xaos delivers really well performed and arranged parts, using plenty of different styles of shrieking.