Democratus – Damnation (EP Review)

When I was a kid, I was asked to put an egg into a glass of vinegar and leave it there for a week to see what would happen.
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Of course, this was the time before Google and you had to rely on your own assumptions as to what you thought would happen – I thought it would just disintegrate into nothing. This is not the case. And if you’re curious as to what happens, I recommend you do it – not Google it.

This experimentation is what I’m reminded of when I listen to Democratus release Damnation. There’s a sort of mix of death metal and power metal on this 4 track release.
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I enjoyed the drumming and the variety of vocals. There is a sort of grand symphonic feel to most of the tracks, which I thought was pretty cool. But I have a few criticisms. There is some trouble with the mix in that it comes through a little too ‘bassy’ and distorted. This happens with these sorts of recordings, and I wonder if there will be a metal-age similar to hip-hop’slo-fi’ stage that sees fans embrace the ‘backyard’ sound in their recordings. I certainly haven’t seen it yet, but maybe it will come.

There is certainly some interesting stuff in this release, and it is altogether reasonably original. But there is a significant lack of polish in the execution that makes me feel like this is a demo you email to a mate rather than a full release. I’m hopeful that with some additional shine, future releases will be an epic intention that this release was. Suitable for those that don’t mind making a mess in the kitchen.

Release Year: 2019
Label: self-released
Category: EP
Country: UK

Reviewed by Liam Frost-Camilleri