Demona – Speaking With The Devil

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Though it is fair to say that Speaking With The Devil, the new album from Chilean hailing speed metallers Demona, is not really going to change your musical landscape of adventure and passion it certainly will add an extra rich and antagonistically charged slab of pleasure to its scenery. Consisting of nine adrenaline charged high octane driven tracks bookended by an intro and outro the album rampages with enterprise and passion leaping on every compelling note providing ears and thoughts with one thoroughly exciting riot of sound. It may not be threatening originality but it certainly leaves satisfaction and thrills enriched and overweight.

The band started in Chile in 2007 as the one-woman project of singer/guitarist Tanza. Early demos sparked an appetite in the underground scene whilst further afield in 2011 Israeli label Israhell Bangers brought the Nightmare demo cassette to greater awareness with German label Iron Bonehead doing the same with a 7″vinyl EP of the release. After this and the numerous other releases and splits before its release, Tanza moved to Québec in the June of the same year and set about enlisting members for live performances which led to a fully stocked full time situation. Debut album Metal Through the Time took the band up to new levels with its release last year but you suspect that the potency and adventure of Speaking With The Devil could and should be the spark to wider attention and recognition. Consisting of guitarist Gabrihel, bassist Jeff Iron, and drummer Antoine alongside Tanza, Demona is poised to make a deeper statement and impression within speed if not world metal with the Inferno Records released Speaking With The Devil. It might not be setting new boundaries for the genre though at times definitely probing them, but for sure it is irresistible thrilling fun.

From the brief intro which like its closing counterpart is decent enough, the band and album erupts with insatiable energy and DEMONA Coverappeal with Malvenidos. One breath is all it takes for riffs to unleash an avalanche of predatory intent and hunger, scything guitar strokes adding extra drama whilst the equally rampant rhythms encase the senses in a war zone of beats and adventure. The vocals of Tanza seduce and intimidate from her first note, driving on and matching the rapacious attack of the music. She is not destined to be up there with the truly great female metal vocalists but with passion and originality soaking every individual expelling she offers, she breeds a magnetism which only enhances the songs.

The fury of sound passes into the next up Dirty Speed Metal and never relinquishes its grip and persuasion right through to the album’s conclusion. The second track has an even greater rabidity and menace to its muscular brawl which seizes an awakened appetite even tighter for the infectious grooves and stirring sonic enterprise to stake their claim on the passions alongside the unbridled predation. It is a stormer of a track, an early pinnacle which is eagerly matched by the title track with its distinct character and similar breakneck speed attack. Imaginative vocal seduction adds extra variety and spice whilst the nagging sonic enterprise of the guitar aligned to the virulent riffery only ripens the passions over the voracious exploit.

Both Traitors and Bad Boy shove air out of the way with another contagious torrent of breath stealing rampancy from all corners, bass and drums caging the senses for the riffs and sonic invention to sear their lingering imprint. The first of the two has a punk edge to its combativeness, the vocals of Tanza squeezing extra squeals and expression out like a speed metal Siouxise Sioux whilst its successor deepens the threat from the rhythm section for a canvas which accentuates the scorching flames of guitar and Tanza’s best banshee impression. The pair reinforces the potent start of the album with ease and rigour whilst adding extra flavours to ignite the imagination further, the latter of the two merging some Danzig like horror metal into its greedy tempest.

The likes of the excellent punk ‘n’ roll infused Demona and the intensive Stronger Than the Hardest Stone continue the addictive temptation, though the second song lacks the hook and toxicity which launched earlier songs into the passions, whilst Mercenario stalks the imagination from its opening stance before sending acidic grooves and heavy metal enticement across its sinewed bows. Again it does not quite live up to the previous peaks of the album but is still very satisfying             and makes a great appetiser for the final juggernaut The Sorceror’s Escapade, the song another riveting speed metal ruction to devour. The most inventive track on the release it takes the excellent Speaking With The Devil via the outro to a rousing conclusion.

Demona have not set new standards of originality with Speaking With The Devil but definitely have provided an immensely thrilling and satisfying treat to end the year with.


RingMaster 19/12/2013

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  1. Felicitaciones a los DEMONA. Metal 100% hecho en Chile para el mundo!

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