Monday, February 28, 2011

Terminate (USA) and Conflagration (Norway) Demo Reviews

For today's blog entry I'm gonna be doing a couple of reviews of two kickass bands (And I'm not just saying that because they gave them to me for free) who know how to write some awesome metal in the vein of the old school greats without sounding repetitive and boring. First up is the three song, Chainsaw onslaught demo that is Terminate's debut 2011 demo.

Terminate - Demo 2011
Just a little background information on this band. Terminate is at the moment a two piece OSDM band straight out of Chicago. The music is very reminiscent of some of DM's greats like Bolt Thrower and the amazing Swedish DM bands. Anyway, let's review this motherfucker eh?

First up is the track Rotten Dead Mass. This track starts off with a slow heavy riff and then in comes the drums and this song takes off. John Parada (Vocals and Guitar) manages to utilize the tempo changes very well and commands this track very well with his great vocal style that fits the music greatly. After all of this action it slows down into a cool melodic riff type solo thing and then ends with the fury of the double bass pedals leading you into the next song quite well. Overall a very solid track and a good way to kick off the demo. 3.5/5.

Next on the list is the track Chainsaw Omega. Unlike the last song this song gets straight into it with a cool riff to open it and straight into the vocals. I really dig the chorus with the crushing guitar chords, double bass drumming and the vocals dominating the listener. After the second chorus, shit really picks up and we go into another heavy riff and then we end the song. Definitely a better track than the first. 4.0/5.

The final track (and the longest) is up next and is entitled Answered in Lead. It opens up with a very cool DM riff that reeks of Swedish influences and then goes into a heavier riff and picks up the pace of the song. I'm really digging the riffs on this song and IMO are the best riffs on the entire demo. This song has some cool solos and then after that, all hell breaks loose as the drumming really picks up and the riffs get heavier. I can't really think of a better way to end this song then that. The best track on this demo and a great way to close it. 4.5/5.

The overall grade of this demo... 4.0/5.

Next up we have the Morbid Dissonances demo from Norway's own Conflagration. Conflagration plays a style of music that blends the two genres of OSDM and Thrash to create their own brand of the always great Death/Thrash music.

The demo opens with the one minute instrumental intro "Morbid Dissonances." A very weird and trippy intro that leaves me questioning the sound of the rest of the demo.

Next up is the song "Pain from Beyond." The song starts off with some cool riffs and then the pace picks up and in comes the vocals that fit the music very well, just like they should. This track definitely knows how use the brilliance of changing up the tempo with out compromising the overall sound of the song as it shifts from the faster riffs into the heavier riffs, into the wicked DM riffs that can be found here. The drumming on this track definitely ups the intensity of this track and the whole atmosphere as well. After a little bit the track goes into a really neat doomy interlude and remains that way until the end of the song. Overall a great track. 4.0/5.

The final track of the demo is up next and is called "Celestial Cacophony." It opens with a kind of eerie intro and then it bursts into a fast ass riff that could have easily been written by Megadeth or Anacrusis. After the awesome riff ensues we go into some DM riffs that are followed with some more DM riffs. Just like on the last track, Conflagration manages to mix the thrashy and DM riffs together very well to create the ideal sound. After all of this the track closes with some heavy riffs and overall a great way to end the demo. 4.0/5.

The overall grade of this demo... 4.0/5.

Both of these demos do great in establishing these two newer bands as great bands with an extreme amount of potential to write some amazing full lengths and terrorize the metal fans around the world. Be sure to check out both of these bands at the following sites.
Terminate -
Conflagaration -

Anyway I'm out of here until next time... I hope you enjoyed the reviews and decide to check the bands out.

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