The intense sound of Austrian band Demonicera is just as terrifying as the band’s name suggests it ought to be. And it’s the realisation of the band’s attempts to hone their own unique death metal sound over the last few years.
The band played their first gig at the end of last month and have two intense tracks out there to give us our fix of demonic metal madness ahead of a debut EP next year.
They sent us their most recent track, the brilliantly-slash-scarily entitled Butchered Alive to give us a taste for it.
The track starts off in creepy fashion with an excerpt of Jack Nicholson in The Shining: “I’m not gonna hurt you, you didn’t let me finish my sentence. I said, I’m not gonna hurt you, I’m just gonna bash your brains in, I’m gonna bash them right the fuck in.”
A huge onslaught of heavy guitars and pounding drums takes over with cool little drum rolls dropping us into a section of doomy guitars. That ends with an intense combination of seriously heavy drums and guitars, which continue under demonically wild screamed vocals.
A really cool little higher-pitched riff comes in, then the intensely heavy drums, guitars and vocals return in another huge verse. The serious heaviness keeps on coming, all the way through to an almightily huge ending of absolutely massive drums. Give it a listen below:
We had a chat with guitarist Rene to find out more about this intriguing new band. Give it a read below…
GR: Who are Demonicera?
RG: “We are 5 young enthusiastic musicians with a backstory far too long to start. With Samuel F. on vocals and Rene Gattermair and Dave Ramella on the guitars, Tobias Klambauer on bass and Mike Stöckl (studio) on drums we started to create death metal in various styles and forms. Although we started in 2015, we had struggles in forming a real band but when Mike joined 2018 we started writing and recording.”
GR: We’ve not met too many Austrian, and you’re certainly the first Austrian metal band we’ve spoken to. What should we know about the Austrian scene?
RG: “Well, there is a lot of punk and metalcore, but especially the black metal scene is overwhelming as well. If you want to find death metal in Austria… it’s a long way to walk. Support is given, but the opportunity to play and get good death metal shows in Austria and Tyrol is almost equal to zero. But bands like Global Scum, KAO, Reapers Call, Demolisha or Relinquished are just a few names we would like to mention.”
GR: You just released Butchered Alive. Strong song name. What should people be expecting from the song?
RG: “The inspiration for Butchered Alive was living in Whitechapel in 1888. The song contains the message of overpopulation mixed with gore and a strong interest in murder and psychopaths. What should people be expecting? Straight death metal.”
GR: How would you describe your sound to people that haven’t listened to you yet?
RG: “As we said, we just want to play straight death metal influenced by Swedish bands like Bloodbath, Dismember, Grave or Entombed. Also, every one of us has their own influences like thrash, death, goth or just others…
but together we compose the art of death. Hot Topics are personal experiences from our band members, and mostly from our Vocalist Samuel Fernandez, as all of us struggled through hard times.”
GR: Which bands/musicians are/have been your strongest musical influences?
-Metallica, Death, Pantera, HIM. Arch Enemy specifically with Angela Gossow are one of our strongest musical influences, not only musically but also in private or band history. Going along with new bands like Beyond Creation, Lik or Katatonia, we try to mix old and new sounds in death metal in order to come up with our own style.”
GR: What have you got coming up through the rest of 2019 and into 2020?
RG: “Maybe there will be some more shows this year but we want to keep it down. We already recorded our upcoming EP Blasphemous Thoughts, which will be released in 2020. Closer information will be given in the next year. Furthermore, we are writing some new material you won’t expect after our first EP.”
GR: Anything else you’d like people to know about you/your music?
RG: “First of all, we wanna thank GigRadar for the opportunity to speak out to the world. We also wanna thank our friends who supported us through out the years. Cause it’s not always easy to start something new. Also, we’re hoping to reach out to new people in the scene across the world to get our family growing. Stay insane with the ‘fockngang.'”