Columns, Demos From the Vault

Demos From The Vault #8 Divā | Gimic | Path of Resurgence | Cosmovore | Wired Shut

Prepare yourself for another dose of demos you should listen to. This time, we primarily focus on Punk releases yet still season this list with at least one Metal release as well. Blast these demos all Sunday!

Divā – Demo 2020 (Hardcore Punk/D-Beat 2020 – USA)

DIVÄ are an American D-Beat band with a big hardcore punk side that recently released their first demo. On the release you can expect dark punk without frills, but therefore a very frustrated vein. The sound reminds me of 80s UKHC and some modern D-Beat elements. In the long run, the guitar playing is a bit too one-sided for me and unfortunately the inserted melodies get a bit lost in the angry drumming. Nevertheless, this is a solid hardcore punk demo that a genre friend will surely celebrate. If DIVÄ can refine their guitar playing in the future and make the vocals sound even more pissed off, the band will find its place in the scene for sure.

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Gimic – Demo (Noise Punk 2020 – UK)

You are looking for some new music to which you just want you to dance and going to freak out? Then you should play the demo of the British band GIMIC and let their groovy noise punk pick you up. While the opener is still absolutely full of energy and musically reminds me of PISSED JEANS or old CEREMONY, you can’t avoid a comparison with the Swedes of THE BABOON SHOW with their fantastic scratchy and lethargic sounding voice. In the course of the rest of the demo the sounds become a bit more dreamy and partly slower, but remain permanently catchy and pleasant. So if you like wild, slightly chaotic Noise Punk with some grunge influences, you should definitely check out GIMIC.

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Path of Resurgence – Demo 2020 (90s Metalcore/Hardcore 2020 – Switzerland)

PATH OF RESURGENCE is another band that jumps on the current revival wave of 90s metalcore. On their demo, the Swiss impress with two brutal songs, which musically and vocally remind me of MORTALITY RATE and that show quite good song structures for a debut release. In a few places the sound seems a bit shallower and therefore shows influences from for example the current GOUGE AWAY album. The guitar playing already seems slightly dissonant, but could be a little more in this direction for my taste. So if you are into metallic hardcore punk, to which you can certainly fight, you should definitely try the demo of the Swiss. As a fan of 90s Metalcore you should have PATH OF RESURGENCE on your screen and be curious what will be delivered next, because you’ll probably get tired of just two tracks.

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Cosmovore – Into the Necrosphere (Black/Death 2020 – Germany)

Do you know the feeling when you come across a completely unknown, brand new band that you just want to impose on everyone around you? That’s more or less what happened to me with the German Black/Death band COSMOVORE, which I discovered a few days ago and since then I barely want to put aside. For a long time now I haven’t heard such a high quality sounding “demo” as I did with INTO THE NECROSPHERE. Apart from a bombastic sound quality, the song structures are what fascinates me the most. Each of the four tracks shows the same dark atmosphere, but varies in riffing and drumming. In general there are obviously very talented musicians at work. Beside interesting tempo reductions, which only serve to make the blastparts seem even harder, there are also some slower passages, where the nightmarish feeling is especially dense. These frightening sounds are interspersed with slightly reverberating, but ear-splitting vocals, which adapt perfectly to the respective speed of the instruments. COSMOVORE already left me with an open jaw after the first run and absolutely blew me away with INTO THE NECROSPHERE. A record that will probably make it into my annual top list out of nowhere and will certainly be hyped by a wider audience in the near future.

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Wired Shut – Demo 2020 (Hardcore Punk/Youth Crew 2020 – USA)

As a dedicated fan of honest street hardcore, the new American band WIRED SHUT entertained me quite well with their demo release. The three tracks sweep through your ears with raw and Oi! laden hardcore punk and also show traces of Youth Crew HC. So you get barking, really pissed off vocals, some nice melodies and fast, aggressive riffing. The sound is still rumbling at some places, but it makes you want more and is a great alternative to the entire Mosh Hardcore, which is very popular at the moment. Fans of NO WARNING, SHEER TERROR and other backyard vibe bands should listen to WIRED SHUT and treat themselves to these 5 minutes.

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