Sunday, December 11, 2022

Demo Review: Brilliant Behemoth "Demo 2022" (Independent, Dismal Fate Records) by Devin J. Meaney

Band: Brilliant Behemoth
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Country: USA
Genre: Gore grind
Demo: Demo 2022
Format: Digital, cassette
Label: Independent (digital), Dismal Fate Records (cassette)
Release date: November 28, 2022 (digital), February 2023 (cassette)
After a coffee and an overdue shower at 5am in the morning I made my way to the Gore Grinder account on YouTube. As always, there were a ton of new uploads and after a brief search I made my way to Demo 2022 by Brilliant Behemoth. Boasting itself as being a mix of goregrind, grindcore and d-beat I was drawn to this one pretty quickly.
This is not a long release and it features 10 tracks in just under 12 and a half minutes. Still, after listening I can state that this was an enjoyable listen and each moment of this was entirely on par. Sludgy bass mixes with down-tuned guitars, ping-snare drumming and a plethora of grunts and gurgles and screeches of both the clean (but aggressive) and pitched variety. I can’t really pin-point a favorite track on this as all of them are top notch. I will also add that the production is perfect and is clear enough for a good listen yet raw enough that it still fits within the scope of lo-fi grind.
This was self released in digital format in November of 2022. There will be a tape out on Dismal Fate Records as of February 2023. This is nothing that really takes grind in new directions but for the lovers of the original sound of gore you are sure to dig into this with fervor…and lastly the cover of this demo is quite intriguing!
Note: On an off-note some of the vocals remind me of Canker…a lo-fi goregrind band that existed in Cape Breton, Canada in the early to mid 2000’s. -Devin J. Meaney

Liz: Guitars, bass, vomits
Max: Drums, vocals

Track list:
1. Primitive Rampage
2. Talons Ripping The Viscera From Your Abdomen
3. Tusk Disembowelment
4. Obsidian Slicing
5. Bludgeoned With Bonesstomped Into Pulp
6. Clubbed Then Cannibalized
7. Forceful Splatter
8. Gutted With A Spear
9. Nazi Die (Doom)

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