15th March 2017 – Demonstealer Records
01. Matsya – The Fish
02. Kurma – The Tortoise
03. Varaha – The Boar
04. Vamana – The Dwarf
05. Narasimha – The Man-Lion
06. Parashurama – The Axe Wielder
07. Rama – The Prince
08. Krishna – The Cowherd
09. Buddha – The Teacher
10. Kalki – The Destroyer Of Filth
The subcontinent of India is home to over a billion people, so it seems silly that very few of the bands from this vast country make it outside of their country. Thankfully, Mumbaikar dudes Demonic Resurrection have made their name on the world stage and are back with their fifth full length, Dashavatar. It’d be a serious waste of influence if you come from a country with a spiritual history as vibrant as India to not draw some of that influence into the music, and Dashavatar certainly isn’t a missed opportunity; delving into the lore surrounding the Hindu Lord Vishnu, each song is dedicated to one of his many avatars.
“Matsya: The Fish“, Dashavatar dives straight in at the deep end with its concept: the story of Vishnu taking the form of a fish to save man from the great flood. In true Demonic Resurrection form, the opener takes the form of an epic spoken word piece before sitars give into some bright and dramatic guitar lines and frontman Sahil Makahija’s vocals, which power through the noise to deliver line after scathing line. The track’s crescendo is a culmination of blast beats, sitar, guitar, drums, and tabla. At first it can sound somewhat muddy, but its combined presence is nothing short of epic.
Through “Kurma - The Tortoise” we come to “Varaha: The Boar“, an epic tale of Vishnu saving the Earth in a one thousand-year battle to return it from the bottom of the cosmic sea. An epic combination of clean guitar lines and superb cymbal work make the track stand out from the others. Extra commendation goes to Sahil’s clean vocals, which have come on leaps and bounds with successive releases. There’s also a really nice, clear Devin Townsend influence on the song as the Earth is saved from demonic Hiranyaksha.
Demonic Resurrection are a band sure of themselves and their vision, and this album is a symbol of both a spectacular grasp on composition and strong leadership. Everything they are has been condensed into Dashavatar; it might be harder and faster but the influence of strong melody and a willingness to explore within their genre ranges is admirable. “Rama: The Prince” is a combination of everything the band have to offer in a story as old as time: the bold and noble hero slays a demon in order to save his love. For a story with as much history as this, the composition that follows needed to be something special – and it is. Unrelenting tempos, progressive expansion with instrumentation, soaring clean vocals and masterful deliveries are just some of the qualities pushing “Rama” as a modern death metal anthem.
Rounding out the album is “Kalki: The Destroyer of Filth“. The avatar of eternity, usually found on a white horse wielding a sword, his job is the destruction of unrighteousness and bringing of light. Whilst it’s the shortest track on the album, it packs a hell of a punch. A Behemoth influenced cut, it’s blisteringly heavy, with screams of “Man made demons, man made gods” throughout, and combined with the Nergal-esque vocal delivery it isn’t so much a departure of style but a toe dipped into something new – which for a final track fills me with intrigue for what is to come from Demonic Resurrection.
Demonic Resurrection are that band whose name is familiar, but in all likelihood you’ve yet to take the plunge. Some might write them off as being just another death metal band, whilst others might claim they just don’t sound enough like Cannibal Corpse. The fact of the matter is, they are one of the best examples of modern death metal out there: Demonic Resurrection embrace change like a new season and adapt to remain interesting yet true to their sound. Dashavatar is yet another example of the band’s ability to write a good song or two. Not only that, but have so much more to give. Ignore them at your peril!