The Demonstealer: …And Chaos Will Reign…
First of all, the best thing about the Demonstealer’s (Demonic Resurrection, Reptilian Death) new solo album is that it is available as a free download. The Demonstealer follows in the wake of another great of the Indian rock scene, Zero’s Warren Mendonsa, who released ‘Nights in Shining Karma‘ for free as well.
The Demonstealer’s album, titled ‘…And Chaos Will Reign…’ is nothing short of a full-on metal assault. The song opens with “There Is a Calm Before Every Storm”, which is aptly titled if you consider the way in which it disguises the onslaught to follow. With some great melodic stuff on the keys and guitars, it puts on display the Demonstealer’s clean singing ability, something I found akin to Mikael Akerfeldt.
The first track is followed by a song that will well and truly knock you off your feet. My personal favourite from the album, “Whirlwinds Of Devastation”, is a death metal gem. The album has its fair share of showy speed metal stuff, with “Seething Pain That Leaves No Scars” alongside the technical keyboard work that runs through “The Empty Wasteland of Despair”. A heady mix of the traditional symphonic metal fare is thrown your way as these tracks whiz past you.
What is important here is to understand that the album has shades of every colour of metal that you can possibly imagine — from power metal, to groove metal, to some awesomely well-done sweeping keyboard work, and some fine, fine guitar playing. A song that probably has the most advanced guitar parts on the album, “Elegy for the Grieving One” is the only respite from the sheer headrush that is ‘… Chaos’. The frothy “In Desolation A Prayer” helps you settle down from all the heavy metal that the Demonstealer has got going in the album and also helps you reflect on the multiple levels that this guy can function on.
The man’s work in and for Indian metal is commendable, and with yet another outstanding album under his belt, the Demonstealer soldiers on.