Written by: Blackie Skulless
Earlier this year, I touched on Thirsty Demon’s debut demo from 2019 titled Waning Death, which was a pretty exceptional taste of death/thrash that fits the Chilean scene. This year, they’ve brought forth a full-length record, something I’ve been anticipating for a bit. Titled Unconscious Suicide, this one mostly does away with the thrash influences and focuses on death metal crisp.
To go along with that, the songwriting itself is tightened up regarding clarity in guitar leads, and overall it’s less chaotic in delivery. Pretty normal moving from the demo stage, but all three of the main tracks from the demo made it here (hold the interlude track). “Sadistic Desire,” “Waning Death,” and “With Them You Will Rot” blend in very well, and the grueling touch to the vocals and a different production significantly boost this. If there are any real signs of the thrash roots showing, they’re gonna peak out here.
Everything great about those songs are emphasized further on the new tracks. Thirsty Demon’s ability to write stellar rhythms is pushed further by shifting moods with solid transitions. “In Silence” is a good one, with a tense build-up near the end for extra topping. “Negative State” is my favorite because of how crushing the pattern-changing drum blasts under such a mean riff are. The slow, tremolo-loaded core is immaculate and stands out more than anything else.
Early OSDM fans should hear this tape immediately. Considering that we’re pretty late into the year, I can safely say that Unconscious Suicide will probably crack my top ten. With how much this year has offered, that says a lot. And as great as their first demo was, I love that they managed to grow into something even stronger for the first full-length.
Thirsty Demon - Unconscious Suicide was released Aug. 24th, 2020 from Awakening Records (CD), Dissonant Death Records (cassette), Nuclear Nightmare Records (cassette).
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