Reviews – III: Chaotic Lethal

01. Unconditional Hatred
02. Terminal Future
03. Smoke Hunter
04. Next
05. Fuck the Fire
06. Deadly Chaotic
07. Ruthless Slut Worship
08. Strangling
09. Crime of faith

Throw your mind back 15 years or more. DEMIRIC were hotly tipped as some sort of next big thing, at least in extreme metal circles. The Indianapolis quartet have released two certified albums – “A hell)” (2006) and “Two (Poverty)” (2007) – and sounded a lot like the future of barbaric, fluid thrash. Perhaps most important, DEMIRIC received an enthusiastic boost from no less than an icon that Kerry King. If the KILLER guitarist openly sings your praises, you must be doing something right, because King rarely used to hook up other bands. Unfortunately, DEMIRIC disappeared shortly after their second album, and called it quits in 2011. Potential, as they say, denied.

They are back now, of course. “III: Deadly Chaotic” assumes that the last 15 years never happened, and DEMIRIC sound just as furious, brutal and relentless as on those first two records. The years that followed honed their songwriting skills and, understandably, made them about 12 times angrier. Still rooted in a polished blend of turbocharged thrash, ultra-addictive death metal, and gritty dark hostility, these songs are a fearsome statement of renewed intent.

DEMIRIC have a lot of traditional elements in their music, but it’s the sheer ferocity they apply to each one that elevates this to a different realm. Bursts from a black soup of spooky atmosphere, opens “Unconditional Hatred” has the swinging gait of a raging panzer, and the leader nate olp has the swivel-eye intensity to match. Both “Future Terminal” and “Smoke Chaser” incorporating melody and dynamics into an otherwise all-out assault, the latter delivering an indecent number of great riffs, backed by machine gun kicks and relentless explosions that owe more to MARDUK that MEGADETH. In the same way, “Ruthless Slut Worship” is a jarring outburst of misanthropy, steeped in the savage grandeur of old-school arcane death metal, but as precise and destructive as any KILLER record. Always, DEMIRIC sound psychotically committed to causing as much damage as possible. They also punish at a slower pace: closer “Crime of Faith” is as black as pitch on a moonless night and imbued with the obsidian menace of an esoteric fate.

A long time to come but definitely worth the wait, “III: Deadly Chaotic” is a brutal and brilliant reintroduction of a band that still seems determined to conquer it all.

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