DEMONICAL — Servants of the Unlight

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3.17 | 2 ratings | 2 reviews
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Album · 2007

Filed under Death Metal
By DEMONICAL

Tracklist


1. Suicide Throne (4:53)
2. Revel in Misanthrophia (4:13)
3. Burned Alive (3:01)
4. Feeding the Armageddon (3:58)
5. United in Torture (4:04)
6. Slaughter of All Hope (3:45)
7. Unholy Desecration (4:08)
8. Leipzig 1945 (4:04)
9. Death Metal (Onslaught cover) * (4:15)

* bonus track

Total Time: 32:06 (36:21 w/bonus track)

Line-up/Musicians


- Martin Schulman / Bass, Lyrics (tracks 2, 4)
- Ronnie Bergerstål / Drums
- Johan Jansson / Guitars, Vocals
- Ludvig Engellau / Vocals, Lyrics (tracks 1-3, 5-8)

About this release

Label: Cyclone Empire
Release Date: April 27, 2007

Drums recorded at Black Lounge Studios by Jonas Kjellgren during January 2007.
Everything else recorded at Necromorbus Studios by Sverker Widgren during January and February 2007.

Mixed and mastered at Necromorbus Studios by Sverker Widgren during February 2007.

Produced by Demonical.

Limited Edition includes a bonus track.

Thanks to Stooge, umur for the updates

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UMUR
"Servants of the Unlight" is the debut full-length studio album by Swedish death metal act Demonical. The album was released through Cyclone Empire in April 2007. Demonical was formed in 2006 after the demise of Centinex and the lineup on "Servants of the Unlight" features no less than three members of the lineup who performed on the 2005 "World Declension" album by Centinex. The only new member is lead vocalist Ludvig Engellau.

So is "Servants of the Unlight" in effect Centinex´s ninth full-length studio album released under a different name? After listening to the album I would say a big no, and I´m actually a bit surprised that Demonical are able to produce something which sounds this different from Centinex...but of course more power to them for doing exactly that.

Compared to the melodic and sometimes blackened death metal of the last couple of Centinex releases, "Servants of the Unlight" is a much more brutal, meaty, and beastly death metal release and any notion that this should be a continuation of Centinex is blown away by the power, aggression, and brutality of what you´re exposed to during the 9 tracks, 36:17 minutes long "Servants of the Unlight". This is dark and grim take on old school Swedish death metal and if I have to make a comparison to anything which came before, it would be the early releases by Grave. There´s a similar uncompromsing brutality and relentless aggression to the material on "Servants of the Unlight". Demonical aren´t Grave clones by any means though and they have ideas of their own which ensure that. They for example play quite a few blasting deathgrind parts, which are great for the variation of the album.

The sound production and especially the buzzsaw HM-2 guitar tone will also immediately have you think of old school Swedish death metal, although "Servants of the Unlight" is of course presented in a more contemporary sound package. All in all "Servants of the Unlight" is a good quality death metal release from Demonical and a 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.
Nightfly
Released in 2007, Servants Of The Unlight is the debut album from Swedish death metal band Demonical. It’s clearly of the old school persuasion featuring the raw guitar sound pioneered in death metal circles by the likes of Entombed and Dismember. Whilst you won’t find anything original here and it’s pretty much death metal by numbers, Demonical have a clear grasp on what’s required to pull off a decent old school style album.

All the trademarks are present and correct aided by strong musicianship with the usual array of frantic blast beats/double kick drums, crushing and raw guitar riffs and decent vocals. Whilst there’s nothing that particularly stands out, equally there’s nothing bad either. Songs like Revel In Misanthropia, Slaughter Of All Hope and United In Torture are enjoyable enough but just lack that edge to make them particularly memorable. Some changes of pace add some variety like on Burned Alive, its intro having a doom feel until it kicks in to top gear. A bit more of this would have been most welcome.

I found this review quite difficult to write, not because Servants Of The Unlight is a bad album, it is in fact quite a good one. It just lacks a distinctive edge to set it apart from the pack and therefore it was difficult to say anything original or particularly meaningful about it. Nevertheless you could do far worse than devote just over half an hour of your time checking this out.

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