It is not wise for a man to judge a book by it’s cover (or in this case, an album by its album art). Then again, I don’t claim to be a wise man and looking at the demon spawn suckling on the teats of the masked goat creature, I could not resist checking out ‘Daemonic: The Art of Dantalian’. This is fourth full length from Belarus based death metal unit Veld, out on Lacerated Enemy Records. This is sturdy piece of death metal that carries a lot of influence from the European bands and it’s pretty straight forward in its approach.
I dont know about you, but I would prefer an album with a solid song writing over an album that is pure technical guitar playing, without a second thought. If you disagree with me on this, then you would probably love ‘Infinite Fields’ by Belarus based two piece Irreversible Mechanism. I was looking forward to listening to this album especially since the promo claimed that this album is (and I quote) “insanely high-quality progressive death metal from the east that takes Beyond Creation and Obscura to task”. How can one not get excited with a statement like that? Sure, the technicality and skill of this band is up there with the mentioned bands. Then again, pure technicality and complex guitar parts that sounds like the band is showing off, is not what I want from an album.