Written by: Blackie Skulless
While hardly ever anything overly new or standout, blackened thrash is something that manages to pull me in time and time again. South Carolina’s Demiser is a fresh act that once again reinforces my sentiment of being able to have identity without having originality. Taken formation a few years back, last year was when their first full offering hit the menu. Through The Gate Eternal is yet another record that looks the way it sounds, and I’m here for it.
Forming an obvious sum of its ideas around fast riffing and fuming harsh vocals, the bottom level is business as usual. There’s a helping of classic sounding speed metal here, vulgar poetic flow there, and noodly solos that jump above an otherwise dry soundscape. What manages to sell Demiser is the ability to capture steady flow for a typically furious and fiery genre. “Deathstrike” moves into its outing leads so wonderfully from its galloping rhythm, and “Offering” manages to sneak in a bit of melodic catchiness resting in the chorus. The latter is probably the most memorable track.
Don’t assume that Through The Gate Eternal waters itself down in any form, though. You can get all of your Venom-driven fun with “Warfuck Demon Lust.” Speaking of “fuck,” one of the most intense numbers on here is “Raw Fucking Vomit,” a vicious helping of primarily black metal crudeness and blasting drum kicks. If you haven’t picked up on the theme of blasphemy and debauchery yet, you may not ever. But their way of sifting through all of this with strong memorability is noteworthy.
Like I said, nothing we haven’t really seen before, but there’s never too much of a promising style. Heavy comparisons to Bastardizer, Bütcher, and the other barbaric likes of the style can be made. If nothing else, the sheer brevity of this makes its already swift delivery pass before your ears quicker than you realize.
Demiser - Through The Gate Eternal was released March 12, 2021. Find it here!
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