The death/black/symphonic metal style-stretchers, Demonic Resurrection, are back with a full-length, The Demon King. The Mumbai act has been giving a voice to their homeland’s metal scene since the early 2000s, but this effort turns attention toward perilous content that has reached many for ages; lyrically, apocalyptic overtones as well as Hindu myths of awakening demons push the album forward. The Demon King is also cunningly propelled by a group of symphonic flavors, sealed in a colossal intensity you can’t help but surrender to.
Opening the album is “The Assassination”; it’s a place where blast beats clash with towering orchestral vibes. (This is also where fragrant melodies give balance, an approach that reappears on the album.) Even though sharp gutturals pierce the dawning of “Facing the Faceless,” it later mirrors “The Promise of Never” in stirring up airy instrumentation. “The Promise of Never” also nabs some vocal harmonies, but the severity is upped a notch once The Demon King‘s second half kicks in.
“Death, Desolation and Despair” whips up a more vicious atmosphere, made menacing by intense drumming and vinegary tones. Trotting behind, “The Demon King” musters up chaotic vocals and weaves some dissonance underneath cold blast beats.
“Even Gods Do Fall” drops off diverse elements that are gathered by keyboard, clean vocals (and grooving percussion fights its way to the surface, too.) “The End Paradox” gives off the impression that bits of wickedness wait to be fizzled out and finished, and much of The Demon King is like that. Busy, creative sounds fluctuate throughout tried-and-true extreme metal tricks, but a strong number of memorable moments fail to wriggle out of the madness. Still, enough is employed to keep this album adrift.
Monstrous, adamant and pulverizing, The Demon King struts along, and likable musical ideas surely are in rotation. A closer look at “The Assassination” shows a velvety guitar solo, and “The Promise of Never” feels confident enough to navigate through even the toughest of perils. With the remaining songs, The Demon King is one sturdy one to play and a broad musical match for apocalyptic material.