Released: 2014, Self Released
Reviewer: Aaron Yurkiewicz
Paying homage to the sounds of classic thrash, Las Piedras quartet Dementium mix old school with new on their debut EP, PARANOID EXISTENCE. The EP shows a young band trying to find its own voice in a familiar genre, and doing so with a respectable amount of talent and charisma.
From the song titles, to the guitar tones, to the overall execution, one could surmise that the band has spent a lot of quality time with the first 3 Exodus records. “Thrash in Command” and “There Will Be Blood” rage with Baloff levels of fury and are matched with equal levels of technical precision as vocalist Randy Fuentes does his best to reach the nasally pitched scowl of his heroes (though at times he sounds more like a Dani Filth impersonator). “Massive Assault” quickly ascends into rapid assault frenzy a la Destruction, with a breakdown at the end that sounds like it was pulled straight out of ’86. “Chaos Nightmare” pulls back on the accelerator a bit and allows the band to lock into a mid-tempo groove, letting the punches to resonate a little longer, while “Beyond the Claws of Death” follows much of the same formula to close the album. But holy crap, that guitar solo at the end is incredible.
Dementium stick pretty close to the traditional genre blueprints with PARANOID EXISTENCE, but it’s still a convincing opening statement no matter how you slice it. If you’re looking for something new to sate your cravings for thrash, but still familiar enough to hit all your sweet spots, PARANOID EXISTENCE is definitely worth checking out.