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Demos From The Vault #1 – Phthisis; Anxiety Spiral; Cavalerie; Gloath; Pest Control

With “Demos From The Vault” I’m going to introduce a new section today, which will provide you with what we think will be exciting demos every week from now on. The whole thing doesn’t refer to single genres and will introduce you to fresh bands from all over the world, which you might not have on screen yet, but, as true fans of underground music, shouldn’t miss.

Phthisis – Embodiment of Decay (Death Metal – Denver, USA)

You like sludgy Death Metal with noise influences and rancid guitar playing? Then Phthisis will be just the way you like it, because from classic old school sound to nasty growls, the first musical output Embodiment of Decay delivers everything a decent Death Metal demo needs. The band offers an incredibly raw sound, which will not only make your hair stand on end, but also score with groovy, drumming and nasty riffs. You can throw chairs as well as shit around, but at the same time you want to mosh really hard to it.

Anxiety Spiral – Demo (Hardcore Punk – Philadelphia, USA)

Anxiety Spiral are dedicated to the stomping No Future HC Punk that the scene has been following since the 80s. Distorted riffing, angry roars and a deep grumbling bass that invites to stomp are just a few of the characteristics that make the band’s Demo tasty. The aggressiveness is complemented in some places by blastbeats and powerviolence elements and can already unfold completely. With various noises and decently set breaks, Anxiety Spiral also give the perfect soundtrack for currently not so foreign, dystopian future visions.

Cavalerie – Spectral Rage Demo (Black Metalpunk/Crust – Paris, France)

The French band Cavalerie was a special treat for me and with their sound, which can be classified somewhere between Anti Cimex Crust and Fuming Mouth Metallic Hardcore, they hit my nerve. The Spectral Rage Demo not only has strong guitar melodies and groovy hardcore drumming, it also brings out some Urghh and knows how to please all along the line. Cavalerie sound dangerous, evil and invite you to freak out. Especially the balance between the different influences is, for a demo, outstandingly good. Fans of Powerage and the above mentioned bands should not miss this record!

Gloath – Demo 2020 (Hardcore Punk – Bandung, Indonesia)

Fans of 80’s UKHC should definitely prick up their ears now, because the Demo of the Indonesian Punk band Gloath has exactly this style and spices it up with a hearty pinch of South Asian rage. The songs impress with their poisonous vocals, wildly sawing guitars and nasty basslines. Besides the catchy riffing and the Metal melodies, the aggressive and for this genre quite versatile drumming is worth it. If you like Chaos UK mixed with Raw Punk, this record, which can easily keep up with its western counterparts, is a true gem. Gloath are another proof for the current excellent quality of Asian Hardcore Punk bands!

Pest Control – Demo 2020 (Crossover/Thrash – Leeds, UK)

Also in the matter of Crossover Thrash Metal, there is a new band that you should have on your screen as a die-hard fan of Metal melodies and dusty stomp Punk. With their Demo, Pest Control from Leeds produce an insanely good record, which can score especially with strong songwriting. This demo is, besides breaks and harder passages, always good for some surprises. The vocals, which sound exceedingly nasty, are just as powerful as the old schooly Metal vibe the instruments convey. So If you like raw crossover with balanced drumming and evil basslines, you should definitely give the Brits your ears. Pest Control are one of those bands you should definitely check out live after Corona, to get all the dirt off your body. Catchy and energetic sound for boot people!

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