Review: Demonstealer – This Burden is Mine – Demonstealer Records – Release: 25-03-2016.
If you’ve been following metal pages on Facebook there’s a change you’ve visited ‘All Things METAL\m/’ in which case the name Demonstealer should ring a bell. Being one of the admins there Demonstealer, a.k.a. Sahil Makhija, has been plugging his upcoming album recently. And I’m here to tell you that it’s most certainly no empty promise!
Demonstealer – Vocals, Guitars & Keyboard
George Kollias – Drums
Ashwin Shriyan – Bass
This Burden is Mine
Despite also fronting Demonic Resurrection and Reptilian Death, Demonstealer has found time to create a more personal album. And to give it extra force he managed to reel in the mighty George Kollias of Nile.
It has turned out to be a very diverse album and opener ‘How the Mighty Have Fallen’ puts you on the wrong foot as you’d expect the album to be straightforward, if superbly executed technical death metal. Wicked guitar riffs and Demonstealer’s very deep grunts and harsh growls certainly get the blood pumping, whilst George batters your ears. Yet there is also a very melodic side, especially when the clean vocals kick in and even get the main spotlight with a piano, changing the tone of the song 180 degrees in the middle of a song. Getting pulled back into the fray is all the sweeter this way.
Follower ‘An Unforgiving Truth’ is almost exactly the other way around, opening up with a modern melodic metal sound erupting with force about halfway and keeping it that way ‘till the end. The title song and ‘Frail Fallible’ keep it in the same formula, whilst adding a lot more melodies, with a lot of emphasis on the clean vocals. You really need to listen to this record a few times to be sure you get all the pieces correctly.
‘The Failures of Man’ even seems to flirt with doom metal with its heavy sound and often slow pace.
Just when you think you’ve seen all its diversity you get the very melodic ‘Where Worlds End’, almost a mix of melodic metal and AOR, and of course some heaviness here and there, with a very catchy chorus that soon draws you in to sing along to the personal lyrics.
‘The Last Jester Dance’ sets you up for a great sucker punch, starting off as the softest song as the bunch before you get a healthy dosage of melodic death in the ear holes. Honesty compels me to say that I really dig this song and the opener the most because of their sheer energy.
However, you shouldn’t disregard album closer ‘From Rubble and Ruin’ as you get one final overview of everything this album had to offer. It’s interesting to note how they could’ve put so much diversity in such a short song, but there it is: A perfect album closer!
Demonstealer might not be a hugely known musician yet, but based on this offering he certainly deserves more exposure for his song writing skills and musicianship. There’s a broad range of styles on this album, catering to a lot of people, whilst still retaining one identity and that really is one superb achievement.
Score: 4.6 out of 5
1.How The Mighty Have Fallen
2.An Unforgiving Truth
3.When The Hope Withers And Dies
4.This Burden Is Mine
6.The Failures Of Man
7.Where Worlds End
8.The Last Jester Dance
9.From Rubble And Ruin
Text by: Robert Popovic