A horrible hack

Lich

Demo

Year Released: 2011
Format: CDR
Label: self released
 
Reviewed by Oli Saunders on Feb 8, 2011
I wonder what my grandkids are gonna say in the future when I play this to them as an example of what I used to listen to and then tell them that sometimes I would drive for hours to witness such sounds live for about twenty minutes in a small room with little or no acoustic setup, alongside people who despite having much in common I could never muster up conversations with (and vice versa?), and not once but twice having to sleep at either a coach or train station (when I couldn't drive) because I didn't want to miss the last band. A glimmering hope tells me their answer will be 'please play it again!'

The intro to this demo teases with an opening riff that could easily have been used in members' other bands (Battle Of Wolf 359 and Me And Goliath, amongst others), but it is only fleeting as it is quickly drowned out by a wall of sludgy guitar noise and deep screams. This pretty much describes the remainder of the demo; rough sounding hardcore that sound bit like a slowed down mix of One Eyed God Prophecy, His Hero Is Gone and Acme, with that all important hint of melody helping to break up the harshness but also make it more apparent when it crashes back in.

This is a good demo. Better quality recordings will all but certainly appear in the future that improve upon this, but a careful balance needs to be found as nicer recordings could make it less harsh. I look forward to the road trip.

8th February 2011

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