Demonic Resurrection – Dashavatar (Review)

Demonic ResurrectionThis is the fifth album from Demonic Resurrection, a symphonic black/death metal band from India.

First impression – the album art is amazing.

Featuring members of Demonstealer and Albatross, Demonic Resurrection play epic blackened death metal with flair and style, influenced by Hindu mythology in both theme and sound.

Dashavatar contains 56 minutes of extreme metal with an exotic flavour. Many of the melodies and ideas for the music come from folk influences, all filtered through the focusing lens of metal. This is further enhanced by the inclusion of various exotic instruments and sounds, making for an album that definitely has its own flavour.

This gives Demonic Resurrection very much their own sound, and should be considered in the same vein as bands like Rudra, Arallu, Melechesh, Nile, Ade, Orphaned Land and the like as forging their own path. Imagine elements of all of these bands, throw in a bit of Behemoth and Fleshgod Apocalypse, and you have an idea of where Demonic Resurrection sit. It’s a heady, eclectic mix, but a very enjoyable one.

Complex, intricate compositions make use of the band’s influences well, creating enticing music that’s richly textured and full of interesting ideas. The execution of these is first-rate, and the recording, performances and overall delivery is professional and clean. The entire album sounds huge and has the songs to back it up.

Growled vocals are the main form of attack, although these are backed up by various different types of other vocals across the various tracks. The inclusion of guest singers, (both male and female), helps provide extra depth, as if the music wasn’t engaging enough.

Symphonic elements, keyboard layering, grinding blast beats, power metal flourishes, ethnic instrumentation and some stellar solos are only some of the highlights of this album. I also really like the progressive metal edge that appears now and again, which is especially apparent during some of the clean vocal parts and extended guitar solos.

Every song on this album has its own theme and therefore its own personality. The album is very well-written and flows well, both as a whole and as the individual compositions themselves.

Dashavatar is destined for big things, and I’m sure it’s going to be a future classic in the making. Make sure you check it out as soon as you can.

Essential listening.

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