Release DetailsLABEL Osmose Productions
RELEASED ON 5/24/2004
posted on 7/2004 By:
Since 1988, Slovakia's Dementor have been smashing musical brains like rotting melons. Their style could easily be summarized as a hybrid of more eastern European and Floridian death metal. Now, I'm unfamiliar with the work of this band in the past, but as I hear it today, I think of Vader crossed with a few of the bigger Floridian acts.
With a nonstop barrage of blast-beats and the random assault of Azagthothian soloing, Dementor certainly have their work cut out for them in the unrelenting brutal death metal scene. In addition to the dark and squealing riffing and continual drum battery, the low and beastly vocals are the bloody icing on the satanic cake, making God Defamer a force to be reckoned with amongst the masochistic fans of bands like Krisiun. Although also suffering from the "holy-fuck-i-must-play-as-fast-as-possible" bug, Dementor flaunt a little more creativity in their composition, favoring simple and tight riffing that works in making them seem primitive, but not musically retarded.
The name of the game here is vocals, guitar, and drums; each one playing an equal part in the mix and each one contributing to the immense sound of the album. Some may criticize them for their drum sound due to the crash sounding distant, it's got an air to it that helps to exhibit and maintain their raw approach. There are a few vocal effects seamlessly added, just to make vocalist Rene Blahusiak sound like he's melting at times. Knowing it's produced by Andy Classen (Krisiun, Dew Scented, Graveworm) might help in explaining the charging in full-force sound that comes across on God Defamer.
Positively one of the better acts attempting to perfect the over-the-top death metal approach, Dementor still suffer by sounding too uniform and commonplace. No matter how well they play, you're always going to be able to compare them to a hundred other bands. You'll be hard pressed to find a favorite song - or maybe just hard pressed when someone tries to ask you why it's your favorite. Fortunately fans of the genre don't seem to care too much about variety, and in that case, God Defamer will suit any extreme death metal addict.
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