Released: 2010, Self-released
Reviewer: Luxi Lahtinen
(Psychoparalysis) is a young progressive death metal band coming from the capital area of Finland, who have just got their 4-track debut demo out, called DELIGION. Unlike so many other (trendy) death metal acts these days, (Psychoparalysis) concentrates on churning out their death metal without über-fast blastbeat assaults, putting more emphasis on crushing mid-paced riffs and catchy melody sections - and giving a reason or two for thinking first a band like Bolt Thrower, but without that grinding element in their sound the same way like Bolt Thrower has it stamped all over their distinctive sound. The band has clearly something of their own going on their debut recording, and it´s also good to notice that the guys have really made some efforts for getting these songs done for their own grand opening.
Starting off with “The Spiral”, (Pyschoparalysis) throws such cards on the table one starts wondering right away whether this band is a recording artist on some label´s roster. Well, they are not…yet. The song is pretty much in the vein of early Morgoth/Bolt Thrower/early Amorphis, reeking quite a few miles away of a quality tune that shouldn´t leave anyone cold. Killer song all in all, lasting nearly 7 minutes but done really carefully, gloriously carrying all its elements in it right from the very start to to the last seconds. The next song, “Dance Among the Serpens”, is a damn heavy, eerie sounding fucker too – bringing those Bolt Thrower influences even closer to the surface, which ain´t a bad thing by any means. I really happen to dig this song a lot – even more than the opening song, “The Spiral”.
“Deligion Part I”, the 3rd track in order, is basically an acoustically played prelude to the last track on the demo called “Deligion Part II”, which has a few occasional early Amorphis elements in it, accompanied with SHADOWS OF THE PAST era Sentenced and later era Dissection. Not specifically that complicated song structure-wise, but still put together well, having with some good ideas up in their sleeve.
Gotta admit DELIGION is a relatively impressive start from this Finnish newcomer, and one doesn´t have take a role of Nostradamus to predict that we even may have a good chance to hear much more from these 4 lads in the future.