Released: 2006, Xtreem Music
Reviewer: Luxi Lahtinen
When talking about some of the best and most important Finnish Death Metal releases of all time, Demigod´s debut full-length record titled SLUMBER OF SULLEN EYES, released back in -92 already (on the Spanish Drowned Productions), rightfully earns its place in that particular league. The band´s dark-flavoured, crushingly heavy and absolutely unique Death Metal had something in it that appealed to many Death Metal -fans all over the world, and it wasn´t that big surprise that SLUMBER OF SULLEN EYES was hailed a true classic Death Metal album over the course of time. Those of you who have heard it before certainly know what I´m talking about. It´s not surprising to see Demigod´s SLUMBER on many death heads´ TOP 5 or 10 lists of all time; not to mention all those people who shamelessly consider it as the best Death Metal album released ever.
Since its edition was probably 10,000 units or less (nobody seems to know the exact amount of the copies?), it became harder and harder to get as the years passed by, an original copy of it now goes easily up to between $40-$60 in places like eBay - not to mention Gemm where prices go even ridiculously higher sometimes. But if you are a serious die-hard fan, those prices won´t scare you off up to the mountains.
However, it was just a matter of time before this jewel would be re-released - and that´s what Dave Rotten, one of the owners of the Spanish Xtreem Music (plus the vicious throat in his own Avulsed, too), did through his so-called Xtreem Cult Series. For this reissue Dave managed to include Demigod´s semi-legendary 3-song UNHOLY DOMAIN demo as bonus, with a mutual agreement of the Demidudes. So this makes the whole thing a bit more special and worth having for those Demigod -fans who never succeeded in obtaining a proper quality copy of it for themselves back in the day. The whole thing has been re-mastered as well that at least has helped their demo songs sound better. Surely it has done the same for the album´s material, but I didn´t pay that much attention to it. The thing is that it still surprises me every now and then they came up with this monstrously heavy and dark sounding Death Metal record almost 14 years ago and it has stood the test of time all the way up to this very millenium. It was Demigod´s growler Esa Lindén who was the soul, carrying force and a true innovator in the band back then; and without whom Demigod would probably neither ever existed nor this blood-curling Death Metal masterpiece would have ever recorded in the first place. Such furiously, but controlled storming numbers as "As I Behold I Despise", "Blood of the Perished", "Towards the Shrouded Infinity" and an epic and monumental sounding Death Metal tune "Slumber of Sullen Eyes", all were the results of Esa´s amazing song writing skills, so there´s no question about his extremely precious yet vital input for the Demigod´s unique, well-recognized sound. Without hesitating to spit it out, Esa Lindén was a musical genious as far as composing mind-sticking Death Metal songs were concerned. Those of you who disagree, I would say you haven´t even heard Demigod´s epic Death Metal masterpiece SLUMBER OF SULLEN EYES then.
As for ´decoration´ of this Death Metal cult release, I´m glad the guys have also decided to stay somewhat loyal to the original artwork which they had on the original ´92 -album version; only some slight improvements and changes have been done for both front - and back covers - and I must say I like this new version a bit better as it looks more professional and is overall more eye-catching.
To cut this all down short, if you haven´t ever heard Demigod, then here´s your golden chance for it. And if, for some strange reason you won´t pick this re-release of Demigod´s classic debut album up for yourself, then you don´t know what you are missing. SLUMBER OF SULLEN EYES is a very necessary piece of every self-respected Death Metal -fan´s collection.