DEMIGOD - Slumber Of Sullen Eyes CD
DEMIGOD - Slumber Of Sullen Eyes CD

DEMIGOD - Slumber Of Sullen Eyes CD

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Tracks 1 to 12 recorded & mixed: Tico-Tico Studio 1992.
Tracks 13 to 16 recorded and mixed at AMR Studio.
Remastered at Popstudio 2005

Bonus tracks are the "Unholy Domain" demo from 1991

One of the most iconic representatives of Finnish death metal - Demigod. And it must be admitted that this is a real achievement with their very unstable activity and quite modest discography. In any case, the justification can be found in the music - especially the music from up to and including "Slumber Of Sullen Eyes". After a series of promising demos and one split, Demigod led by the vocalist (and earlier also the guitarist) Esa Lindén put in one of the best death metal debuts that appeared in Finnish lands in 1992: really heavy, with a stuffy atmosphere and quite a peculiar approach to composing. One that just made a lot of hype on the spot.

However, the hype was not unfounded. "Slumber Of Sullen Eyes" is a piece of well-thought-out death metal, which does not evoke associations with any other band and which sounds veeery by their own way. From the very beginning of "As I Behold I Despise" the quintet (or in fact the quartet - Mika Haapasalo did not record) reveals its specific style, i.e. a lot of rhythmic (and usually not too fast) playing broken by more twisted riffs, and all flooded with an extremely stuffy atmosphere. Confirmation can be found in "Towards The Shrouded Infinity""Dead Soul", the title track, "Tears Of God""Fear Obscures From Within" and "The Forlorn", which perfectly keep these proportions, and at the same time captivate with the ingenuity of guitars, the underground atmosphere or the powerful growl of Esa.

"Slumber Of Sullen Eyes" is therefore a great culmination of Demigod's - very temporary - career. With such a short activity of the band, the Finns managed to strike with a cd that perfectly combines heaviness, dyspnoea and technique, and at the same time, that it was possible to show an individual style in it. The individual style of which the repetition on the next recordings was much different.