Bestial Devastation (Italy)/Demisor – Total Fucking Gore!

Bestial Devastation is a favorite unknown band of mine.  I don’t get why they haven’t achieved more widespread recognition; they have super brutal riffs, play at 300 BPM pretty much constantly, pack equally insane and speedy vocal performances into their tracks, the list goes on forever as to why they should be celebrated by the death/grind scene.  The lack of recognition of Demisor is equally questionable; a fantastic grindcore band from Singapore that’s been around since ’87, cranking out a bunch of splits but never managing to get a full-length out.  The bands are a great match for each other, both blending oldschool, punky grindcore with modern brutal death/goregrind, making for a listening experience that’s balanced and utterly unique.

Starting off is Italy’s Bestial Devastation.  The band plays a very high-speed, slightly technical breed of death metal/grindcore with a few very notable unique elements.  First and most obvious is the dual vocal setup, with one low, goregrind-inspired growler, and another Gorerotted-reminiscent Cockney oi screecher.  There’s something ridiculously awesome about having blast beats, tremolo riffs, and some maniac jabbering away over it like some skin took a wrong turn at death metal lane.  It’s one of the most distinct elements of Bestial Devastation and it’s remarkably addictive to the point where you wonder why the growler even bothers.  Apart from the hilariously great vocals, though, Bestial Devastation has a great musical talent as well.  Fast, explosive tremolo riffs dominate the string section, occasionally dropping pace into a somewhat thrashy, grooving break.  The drum performance (I think using an electronic kit on this release) is INSANE.  Drummer Brutal does the best crack-smoking octopus impression since ‘None So Vile’, with tiny, superfast cymbal rolls and manic fills.  The bass is totally inaudible but whatever, this is designed to be noisy and moving at breakneck pace so no fretless bass solos would really fit in anyway.

The music that Bestial Devastation plays on this split is probably them at their noisiest and least structured, and isn’t nearly as defined as the stuff heard on later material.  It has a definite charm for this very reason though, and if you feel like arrhythmically thrashing around in your office chair (I doubt you go outside anyway you pathetic bastard), putting this side of ‘Total Fucking Gore!’ on should probably achieve the desired results within fifteen seconds or so.  Plus they have an Anal Cunt cover that’s just as good as the original.

The second side of this is Singaporean grind legion Demisor who play a traditional, noisy style of slightly crusty grindcore with just a hint of death and goregrind influence.  There’s more variation in tempo on this side, bouncing actively between midpaced, somewhat sludgy breaks and the usual blasting, grinding insanity.  Demisor’s riffs are a good deal more atonal and spastic than Bestial Devastation’s, and as a whole the music here reminds me of a modernized version of early Napalm Death.  Another dual-vocal assault is present, with low grunts backed up by spastic shrieking, just like you’d hear on a Disfear record.  This is some really fast and violent grindcore, reminding me of Drogheda at times with less song structure.  These sub-one minute songs are great examples of pure, brutal grindcore, and although you’re not going to find any plaintive piano melodies, I think the psychotic anger might just barely make up for their absence.

Overall, Demisor cranks out a good, short side on this split.  They’re somewhat overshadowed by Bestial Devastation’s more coherent and developed compositions, but I bet the true oldschool grind fans would appreciate these guys more.  They’ve been around for over TWENTY YEARS now, and it wouldn’t surprise me if they hung around for twenty years more, still playing the same music, just as pissed off as ever.  I dig it and you probably will too.

In the end, this is a great little grind split that’s been unfortunately overlooked by most of the metal scene.  If you can track down a copy of this, I definitely recommend you pick up a copy; both bands are really excellent and play their balls off on this one, and in grind, there’s not much more you can ask for than that.

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~ by noktorn on May 27, 2008.

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