Album Title: Madness Disease
This is the first demo from Demontage, a Canadian band that plays dirty black-n-roll.
The best feature of this demo is the guitar. "Madness Disease" is chock-full of great riffs and solos, so much so that it's almost surprising to see that the entire demo was recorded with only one guitar. The guitarist does a great job of handling a variety of styles, effortlessly switching between rhythm and lead parts. The guitar sound is reminiscent of Black Sabbath, with a buzzing, slightly sludgy tone. The drums and bass aren't nearly as notable as the guitar, but they're crisp and on-tempo, so I've got no complaints. The vocals here might scare off some potential listeners, though. They're highly unpolished, straightforward shouting, and at first I found them rather hard to accept. However, as "Carrion Race" shows, they've got a wide range of expression, and are actually pretty catchy. After extended listening, I ended up liking the vocals a lot, but the band's decision to seek a new vocalist is probably a wise one.
Demontage's songwriting is rock solid, with an emphasis on "rock". The chunky riffs and memorable solos and vocal lines make even nine and ten minute songs easy to digest. The transitions here are very smooth, even when the band throws in some more difficult passages on the epic closing song, "Human Altruistic Relinquishment Machine". Nothing here sounds overly awkward, to my ears.
There are, of course, some negative aspects to this album. The mix here is rather flat and uninspired, especially when it comes to the bass, which seems a bit muddier than it ought to be. That said, this is a relatively minor problem, especially for a demo, and should be easy to fix on the next album.
It's more than understandable that this album contains a paean to the Metal gods of alcohol and marijuana in "Drinkin' Weiss" - given the complexity and catchiness of this album, it's sure to make for a great listen while under the influence. Then again, it's equally good without... but either way, this demo is definitely worth getting. I'll look forward to hearing a full-length release from this band, but until then, this demo is recommended.
Standout Tracks: "Retroexorcism", "Carrion Race", "Human Altruistic Relinquishment Machine".