Sunday, February 10, 2008

Daemon - "Seven Deadly Sins" (1996)



Ah yes! Another rarity from the vaults! Yes another criminally overlooked and sadly forgotten metal gem, just waiting for Metal Bastard to spread the word to the rest of mankind. You're welcome, world. You may thank me later.

Daemon was a death metal side project started by guitarist/vocalist Anders Lundemark (Konkhra) and drummer Nicke Andersson (Entombed, The Hellacopters, Death Breath). Their first album Seven Deadly Sins came out a year after the movie Seven, and is obviously inspired by it, with one song for each sin (and an instrumental "Eighth Sin"). The album even ends with a sample of Morgan Freeman listing the seven deadly sins. It also has assloads of samples from that crap movie The Name Of The Rose (which would have been less crap if Christian Slater hadn't been in it). And also a little thing or two from Pulp Fiction.

The album was written and recorded in virtually no time at all in Stockholm's Sunlight Studios. The relaxed sessions combined with the noisy, trademark Sunlight sound gives the album a very loose, almost punkish quality. This ain't Nile or Vader, folks. Those looking for technical precision death metal need to look elsewhere. This is death metal of the old school, with all that that entails in terms of rawness, aggression and attitude. With, of course, a few flourishes of that signature, hellraising rock 'n' roll groove of Entombed. The album was made during Entombed's struggles with record labels and fits just right inbetween 1993's Wolverine Blues and 1997's To Ride, Shoot Straight, And Speak The Truth. Take the song writing from the former and mix it with the sound and production of the latter and what you get is Seven Deadly Sins.

After this album Nicke Andersson left due all his other commitments, and Daemon released their second album The Second Coming in 1999. It's also absolutely brilliant, and I'll blog about that one too sooner or later. In 2002 they released their latest (last?) album, Eye For An Eye, which isn't death metal by any stretch of the imagination. It's a lot thrashier with a definite Bay Area tinge, and also quite often reminds you of Strapping Young Lad. But Gene Hoglan played drums on it, so I suppose it makes sense.

So folks: Since it's Sunday, you get no less than three mortal sins. Buy the album and get the other five. Buy it today, or else God wins. And we wouldn't want that, would we?

(mp3) Daemon - Wrath (highly recommended!)

(mp3) Daemon - Pride

(mp3) Daemon - Envy

Buy Seven Deadly Sins @ Amazon.com.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Dud,e you are so right about this album. I listen to it all the friggin' time. Great call.