I hate when bands have a lot of promise and only release one album or EP. “Black Demons” is one of those bands, I make no secret of the fact I like bands that rip off Venom and Motorhead, that dirty, blackened speed metal, proto thrash, hardcore d beat punk sound gets me right in the junk every time I hear it. There is some bands that just can’t pull it off or try too hard. “Black Demons” isn’t one of those bands, they flawlessly mix Motorhead with Venom, a sound they call “Black Rock n’ Roll”. That being said these guys, who are from Malaysia, only released a split and this EP tape. Damn shame, a lot of promise.
Though the lyrics from most of these bands get monotonous and eye rolling predictable “Satan this”, “Hell this”, “Demon that” etc. Its not the lyrics I am really after, it is the sound and there is bands who play that dirty, blackened speed metal/punk hybrid with lyrics that don’t pertain to old scratch. So with this tape you get that sound, the lyrics are cartoon devil Venom.
The first song “Rock n’ Roll Madness” lays the echoes on the vocals and it is a rollicking, d beat bonanza, more Motorhead than Venom. A song to drink your favorite dark brew to. The second song “Satanic Rites” starts with “I am gonna piss off my mom by singing about Satan” lyrics. This dives more into the head bangin’, Venom side of the scum infested pool. Simple, blunt and to the sharpened point like a metal punk song should be. The third track, “Demonic Sacrifice” starts with a plodding mid tempo that will chew into your brain and rot out your eyes, its like trudging through the sludge that results from millions of corpses having their flesh rotting from their bones melting on to the floor. Than it goes at break neck down the Autobahn about to collide with a truck of dynamite, then its back to trudging through flesh sludge. This track keeps it interesting by changing up tempo to down tempo. While there is echo effect on the vocals there is none on the instruments that still sound primitive as fuck. Next up is “Bloody Blasphemous Mantra” a song that takes no prisoners and goes for broke, drums, bass, guitar and vocals going all over the place.
The next track is what else? “Hard Ride with Satan” with chanting vocals over punk bass and rhythm, this is the sound of riding hard with Satan, wait, that does sound a little gay. Like “Satan-Saddam- South Park” gay, I don’t know guys, maybe change the title of the song? I laugh when hear this song because I have a juvenile sense of humor. Their last track is a cover of the band their trying to rip off, Venom, with “Black Metal” they don’t deviate too much from the original, the vocals are different because there is rarely anybody that can match Crono’s “gargle with acid and razor blade” vocals. So overall is this tape worth it? Well if your a fan of Venom and Motorhead like me it is fucking vital you give this a listen or snap up a copy of the tape if you can ever find one.
The tape is professionally done and it looks like they took the trouble of actual putting a label on the recordable tape unlike a lot of other artists. It comes in a clam shell with folding lyrics sleeve and cover. So if you want more Venom here you go.
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