DEMONA - SPEAKING WITH THE DEVIL (Infernö Records)
First and foremost I’d like to introduce you to Costanza ‘Tanza’ Godoy Diaz, a Chilean based Speed Metal mistress, now living in Quebec Canada. Driven by the forces of Metal since a very young age, she teamed up as guitar player with the band Poisoned but this collaboration came to an end, the band disbanded late 2007. She won’t give up her ambitions and wanted to start her own project, Demona. No matter the cost, Tanza went on for it in full force, she even built up her own label called Speed And Death Productions which Demon’s first official EP “Die In Violence” was released on. After a few promotional singles, some demo and EP stuff, the time was on to let loose a first full length album which was titled “Metal Through Time”, featuring guest musicians well known from the world of 80s German Speed Metal pioneers Warrant.
While cruising down many lanes on the Internet, I read both words of praise and disgruntled reactions, especially with regard to the vocal lines of Tanza. But before showered someone with criticism I want to decide for myself about what’s right or wrong. The only way for me to find out is to check out their brand new sophomore effort “Speaking With The Devil”, unleashed through Infernö Records including a good worked out booklet featuring full coloured live images, cool diabolic cover artwork, lyrics and stuff… professionalism is the trump-card here!
In some ways, the musical part of the CD has managed to enthral my inner self. Without a doubt, this is pure Speed Metal in all its glory as I've got to experience myself during the 80’s. All those who are looking for an innovative type of Metal better get the hell out because Demona won’t mean anything for you! Mainly the band plays very fast guitar rhythms (by Tanza and Gabrihell) surrounded by the deafening drums of Antoine, thunderous bass lines delivered by Jeff and vocals that something happened too dim for me. She’s pretty young and has a sea of time lies ahead to make her vocals sound better. Tanza has the ’not to underestimate’ task to combine ultra fast guitar riffs with accompanying vocal lines. Based on this, she does it all in all still pretty good. My conclusion on her vexed vocals, she will make it all up as time passes by. Listening to the entire “Speaking With The Devil” effort, I would dare describe her vocal delivery as some kind of a blend between Nicole Lee (Znöwhite), Betsey (Bitch) and Kim La Chance (Vixen/Hawaii).
“Speaking With The Devil” is chiefly packed with Speed Metal frenzy flirting with break neck thrashing rhythms and slices of New Wave Of British Heavy Metal as well. Very early Metallica, Znöwhite, Kreator, Assassin, Violent Force, Living Death meet old Maiden, Savage, Jaguar among others… this definition to clarify my position even better. Another remarkable element that appeals me while listening to Demona’s new effort are the guitar leads of shredder in charge named Gabrihell. He’s a bringer of balance, a six-string destroyer, a great deliverer of quite sophisticated riffs and solo’s. He is the one sharply pumping the quality level of the band to a higher level.
At long last experienced myself, I was also hoping for more variation related to the rhythm sections. When Demona starts to speed up for real, I tend to regularly hear the same tempi. “Speaking With The Devil” means blistering Speed Metal clearly descended from the 80s. According to me, they have work to do to improve the vocals and introducing more variety within the song structures. If they’re able to let this happen within the foreseeable future, I like to make another appointment already.
I want to focus myself to speed freaks, thrashers and old school leatherheads to warmly recommend this furious new Demona album. Eleven songs (in/outro included) spread over a period of half an hour so be sure your oxygen tank is well stocked, you’ll need it to survive this swirling storm of old fashioned steel! Order “Speaking With The Devil” and other new albums through Demona’s label Infernö Records right HERE. Official Demona page at: http://www.demonametal.com/
My Points: 80 / 100
95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !
Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan
Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it
Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing
Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate
Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard
50- : Rubbish