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Demonwomb – Cursed 7″

Demonwomb – Cursed 7″

Demonwomb from Vienna, Austria did a pretty good demo last year, showing a lot of promise. They return with their ‘Cursed’ 7″ on Power Trip Records out of Germany. Continuing on from the demo, they play a mix of hardcore and (thrash) metal, with lots of elements from the crossover style which was quite popular in the late 80s and early 90s with bands such as Ludichrist, Crumbsuckers and Leeway. This particular style has gained popularity again the past couple of years with bands like Iron Age, Power Trip, Bitter End, Inherit etc all taking elements from crossover and incorporating it into their sound. Demonwomb even makes a reference to these influences with the cover art of this 7″, which is a skeleton fused onto an image of the earth. The same sort of image was used for good old Vio-Lence’s ‘Nothing To Gain’ album. Intentional or not, it’s a nice gesture.

Demonwomb knows how to write a good crossover song, and has plenty of good riffs and leads to throw at the casual listener. You’ll be banging your head in no time at all. Does the band stand out from the crop tho? Well, they rely a bit too much on the mid-tempo mosh-parts for me to be honest. They’re great and all, but their sound could use more variety. If they pick up the pace more often I feel the slower parts will hit a lot harder. Lyrically, they don’t really stand out either. Their main theme seems to be that humanity has failed and we are doomed. The lyrics are decent and all but it’s not like we don’t know this already… So the band should be more imaginative in their future endeavors to get to the next level, both music-wise as well as lyrically.

If you like any of the aforementioned bands however, give this band a shot. Demonwomb will please fans of this style, but I’m just not sure they’ll be able to bring in a lot of new fans.

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