Hive Of Mutation
Released: 2011, Indie
In 2011 the Canadian Academy Of Recording Arts And Sciences (CARAS) made an announcement of interest to the Canadian Metal community. Namely they announced that after a 17-year hiatus, Canada’s national music recognition program (aka the Juno Awards) would be rejoining the rest of the civilized world and re-establishing the Metal Category for the 2011. By the time this review goes to publication, it is possible they will have announced the final nominees for the category, with the winner to be presented the award at the end of April, 2012. In the spirit of supporting underground Canadian Metal I’ve decided to do a spotlight on some Canadian acts. I feel these are some excellent Metal records from across Canada. The other artists in this spotlight are Anonymus, Final Darkness, Gales Of Avalon, Magnetic, Morningless, Nephelium and Villianizer. Feel free to read the reviews of these albums.
Of all the bands featured in this Canadian spotlight, Demisery, is likely the newest and perhaps least established as a band 'entity' but that doesn't make their debut album HIVE OF MUTATION any less worthy. Demisery, pronounced Demise-ery (as in Demise, meaning Death) and 'ery', as in a place where you go (eg. eatery, gallery, bakery) is actually a very cool band meaning (as above) 'the place whet you go to meet your demise.' Who said all the cool names were used up? Sometimes a short and sick band name works well; it doesn't have to be ‘Ancient Necro-sodomistic-cannibalistic Cryptorium’ all the time!
Founded not all that long ago by Keith Merrow (guitars, drums, bass, keys vocals) and Gord Olsen (vocals, guitars, drums), Demisery is at this point an international studio project with Gord in Calgary, Canada and Keith residing in Portland, USA. Their collaboration was fruitful as the two main-men got together to bring forward borne of the mutual love of American Death Metal. I hope some journalist somewhere doesn't label it, 'Retro-Death'! I don't like the terms, 'Old-school' or 'retro' as those words could have a negative connotation. Why can't it just be Death and Thrash? It not like those Metal genres ever went away or became unfavorable so why add an unnecessary prefix? Some writers like to over-classify things. Demisery is Death Metal, and damn proud of it!
Short and sick, HIVE OF MUTATION is 45 minutes of pure, unadulterated Death; no compromises, no excuses and certainly no 'Melo-Death' or 'Blackened Death' tags apply here. It's kind of refreshing actually to see a couple of guys churning out guttural fast Death and not worrying about reinventing the wheel. The guys show their influence with a decent version of Death's, ‘Flattening Of Emotions’. Sure a hundred other bands have covered a Death tune but why not pay tribute to the Masters? Other highlights include the ripping ‘Vicious Stabbing’ and the slightly slower tempo ‘I Warlord’. The guitar tone alone will bring an evil grin to any Death Metalheads face.
It's a great package with an awesome cover that recalls the classic Dan Seagrave style (Gorguts, Resurrection, Suffocation, etc) of an evil realm of swirling, spiky, chaotic death. A classic spiky logo/font, notes and good production and the round, shiny, circle thing inside the jewel case make this worth owning a physical copy.
I had the pleasure of chatting with Gord on my radio show, and he had no false pretenses that Demisery is what it is, a fun little project, it's very well done, faithful to the standards and archetypes of the genre (there's a nerdy journalistic sentence if I ever read one) meaning; Demisery do Death and do it very well. HIVE OF MUTATION is for the hardcore, the faithful, extremely well done by fans that 'get' what Death Metal is all about. Enter the Demisery!