What, dear reader, makes a song--or an album, or an artist for that matter--quintessentially metal? That's obviously a question so broad as to be belligerently provocative, so let me just assert my two cents and get on with it: (italicized) metal is epitomized by chunky riffs, hefty atmosphere, a certain adherence to heartfelt aggression, and a devil-may-care attitude. Sure, the vast majority of music falling under the assorted subgenres will divert from this basic formula, but the existence of those factors can mean only one thing: metal is present. Time to break out the headbang.
New York's very own DemonScar are quintessentially metal, and their latest single--"MDCXCII," which we are honored to premiere here today--is a perfect exemplar of their Motorhead-by-way-of-Sabbath-by-way-of-Corrosion of Conformity aesthetic. In regards to the track in question, DemonScar state: “our new song has got a lot of those classic doom, stoner, and witchy vibes. Groove along with DemonScar as we journey back to Salem, 1692.” It's a tempting invitation, and I hope you take 'em up on the offer. Have yerselves a listen below:
That riff? Simplistic in form yet massive in groove-ridden weight, like unto a lumbering rhino setting up to charge into the melee. The tone? Thick as all hell--nearly doomy in their fuzzy aura. Those drums? Thunderous and punctuating--that cymbal lands with definitive emphasis every damn time. Vocals? Absolutely dripping in that classic leather-clad rock n' roll grime. The solo? This thing impeccably adds to the forward momentum and march with gritty panache. "MDCXCII" is a track that stands on the shoulders of a strong chorus and a stronger groovin' riff, and everything else that may come--take, for example, the understated roar that crops up just before the solo, or perhaps the little hook that sets up the central riff--is really just icing on the cake at this point.
However, metal doesn't exist by the good graces of sonic qualities alone. Without that genuine aforementioned 'tude, a track such as this--and a band such as this--would fall by the wayside. A kid playing dress-up without the prerequisite swagger that comes from experience, world-weariness, and a penchant for the raw and rowdy. Luckily for us slumbering scribes and all of you out there in internetland, DemonScar are the real deal. Fully and completely.
“MDCXCII” will also be featured on the upcoming Indie Underworld Rocks Mixtape, Vol.1 in digital, cassette, and CD formats.
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