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The Return To Darkness
Released: 2010, Candlelight Records
Hailing from a developing nation myself, I can say - without trying to sound coy - that the trouble with metal bands hailing from similarly encumbered countries has often been their apparent reluctance to forge their own sound, rather than recreate the mantra of their heroes. In South Africa every other musician and their mother sports a tangible and detrimental obsession with In Flames. For India's Demonic Resurrection the tipple of choice appears quite early on to be practically every second-rate black metal band to don the panda make-up a decade ago.
Yes, THE RETURN TO DARKNESS may come courtesy of Mumbai's biggest underground commodity, but when "Where Dreams & Darkness Unite" kicks into gear, you may as well be listening to MIDIAN, albeit with a death metal grunt replacing Dani Filth's girlish shriek. When they do mix it up on the track's second half, the turn comes by way of an Autotune-assisted croon that's just as horrifically ill-advised as you'd imagine it to be. Feeling more flair is required, they attempt to up the creative ante on "Lord of Pestilence", but here simply come across as too preoccupied by an urge to sound progressive to leave the listener with a coherent and lasting memory.
That they have talent is without question though and on “Dismembering The Fallen", they finally manage to sink a chokehold around the neck of that elusive killer tune. The results are thrilling and bode well for the future, but you sense that more confidence and perhaps a bit of Yoda-like mentoring is required before this quintet come into their own.
1. Between Infinity And Oblivion
2. Where Dreams And Darkness Unite
3. The Warriors Return
4. A Tragedy Befallen
5. The Unrelenting Surge Of Vengeance
6. Bound By Blood, Fire And Stone
7. Lord Of Pestilence
8. Dismembering The Fallen
9. The Final Stand
10. Omega, I
Sahil 'Demonstealer' Makhija - lead vocals, rhythm guitar
Daniel Rego - lead guitar, backing vocals
Husain Bandukwala - bass
Mephisto - keyboards
Virendra 'Viru' Kaith - drums
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