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Demoniac (CHL) - Nube Negra review




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Band: Demoniac (CHL)
Album: Nube Negra
Style: Blackened thrash metal
Release date: September 2023


01. Nube Negra
02. Marchageddon
03. Ácaro
04. La Caída
05. Synthèse D'accords
06. Granada
07. Veneno
08. El Final

A black cloud rolls in from Chile, rewarding open-minded listeners with thrash that's not only extremely fast and fun, but also very experimental and creative.

Nube Negra (meaning "black cloud" in Spanish) is the third studio album of Chilean band Demoniac (CHL). The album starts with the quartet showing off their insanely fast style of thrash metal. With energetic, blackened vocals sung in Spanish, lightning-fast guitar-work, and entertaining bass playing, Demoniac (CHL) demonstrate their technical mastery. Overall, despite super fun guitar solos, the musicianship provides nothing an experienced thrash enthusiast hasn't heard before.

That would be one's first impression, at least. As one soon discovers as the album continues, the musicianship becomes extremely diverse starting with "La Caida", in which the song transitions from a super catchy chorus to a blistering guitar solo and concludes with sombre piano playing. There are even moments that feel surprisingly progressive and experimental such as in the song "Synthèse d'accords" with its hypnotic use of an accordion and a Moog synthesizer. "Granada" continues this creative trend, producing a menacing tone with devilish rasps and a haunting combination of clarinet playing, folksy acoustic guitar-work, and chugging, electric guitar riffs. Four minutes into "Veneno", we even witness Demoniac (CHL) completely hitting the brakes, guiding the listener into a slow and melancholic atmosphere. The final track, fittingly called "El Final", returns to the high-speed style of the first few songs, concluding the album with perhaps the most impressive guitar solos I've heard this year.

So, is this an album worth your time? Absolutely! Is this an album worth $666 — the price of a digital download on the band's Bandcamp page? I guess that's up to you. (Yes, I know the insane price tag is meant as an incentive for the fans to buy from the record label's page where it's selling for only €7, but it's still funny!)

In conclusion, Demoniac (CHL) deliver some of the most entertaining thrash of 2023. They check all the genre's boxes with their rapid-fire riffs, pleasant bass lines, and hyper energetic guitar solos. Yet, what makes the Chilean quartet stand out is their willingness to experiment and push the boundaries of the well-established thrash style. Using bizarre instruments in metal music isn't anything new; many bands have employed the saxophone, for instance. Now, thanks to Demoniac (CHL), you can hear how surprisingly well clarinets and accordions work while accompanying energetic thrash. ¡Buen provecho!







Written on 04.09.2023 by The sign of good music is the ability to both convey and trigger emotion.


Comments

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04.09.2023 - 23:19
Guib
Thrash Talker
Well well, nice review. I don't know this band, yet another thrash act from Chile. I'm going to check this out, thanks F3ynman!
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06.09.2023 - 09:25
Rating: 7
musclassia

I remember their previous album getting Album Of The Month on Angry Metal Guy and not really seeing the appeal. I agree with you on this one that La Caida acts as a threshold between a pretty inauspicious blackened thrash opening and a subsequent string of unexpectedly and excitingly diverse songs, I ended up enjoying this more than I expected. I also think the later thrash-heavy songs maybe are a bit more impressive than the earlier ones, Veneno really drew my attention with its frenetic soloing
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06.09.2023 - 10:03
RaduP
CertifiedHipster
Love those goofy ass vocals
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16.09.2023 - 22:39
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Tage Westerlund
Doing Rodino job. I like cholisn metal (and traditional food, what is better ). That country is like rising force what produce more cool new comer bands from Spanish speaking countriws in that continent. Many good new comers and different genres.
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I better die, because I never will learn speek english, so I choose dieing
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17.09.2023 - 02:02
Nejde
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Written by Bad English on 16.09.2023 at 22:39

I like cholisn metal

What is cholisn metal?
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17.09.2023 - 02:11
Rating: 8
F3ynman2000
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Written by Nejde on 17.09.2023 at 02:02

Written by Bad English on 16.09.2023 at 22:39

I like cholisn metal

What is cholisn metal?

I'm guessing "Chilean"
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17.09.2023 - 08:12
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Tage Westerlund
Yes Chilean
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19.10.2023 - 00:30
nikarg

Comprehensive review, and spot on, too. I just finished listening to this for the first time, and it is such a breath of fresh air for blackened thrash.
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