Demonic Slaughter are a band from Poland that has been featured before in this zine and plays a very raw, melodic and satanic form of black metal and this is a review of their 2014 album "Haunted" which was released by Pagan Records.
A very dark ambient sounding intro starts off the album giving the recording a ritualistic feeling and after the intro the music starts going for more of a raw black metal sound which also uses melodic leads at times as well as a great amount of grim screams which also use a small amount of spoken word parts and a touch of melody on one of the later tracks and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them.
Throughout the recording there is a great amount of melodic riffing along with a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts that also utilize a great amount of blast beats and while the music does have its old school roots the production gives the songs more of a modern day feeling and the music can also get very atmospheric at time s with the melodies that come out of the guitars and there are also a few tracks that are very long and epic in length and on the last track a good amount of keys are added into the music and the song is all instrumental and epic sounding.
Demonic Slaughter creates a black metal album that is very atmospheric, raw and melodic bringing in some Norwegian influences of the 90's but also mixing it with a more modern occult sound to create the musical style that is presented on the recording, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics are mostly written in English along with a couple in Polish and they cover Satanism, Occultism, Evil, Death and Destruction.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Demonic Slaughter and if you are a fan of raw, melodic, atmospheric, satanic and occult black metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Mystic Rites" "Haunted" "Madness And Astral Emanations" and "Death's Creek". 8 out of 10.