Saturday 5 February 2022

Daemonelix - Devil's Corkscrew (EP Review)

Release Date: October 15th 2021. Record Label: Metal Assault Records. Format: CD/DD

Devil’s Corkscrew  - Tracklisting

1.Daemonelix 03:56 

2.Raise Crows 03:36 

3.In The Name Of Freedom 05:02

4.Sing For The Moon 05:57


Vocals - Ana Garcia Lopez

Guitar / Bass - Derek Phillips

Leads - Andrew Luddy

Drums - Pat Labuda


Devil’s Corkscrew is the debut EP from Alternative Metal/Groove/Sludge Metallers Daemonelix and they have a not too subtle Extreme Metal flair within their grasp. The music moves firmly and freely within the constraints of Extreme Metal and friendlier styles of Hard Rock and Metal. Though the vocals remain in the extreme background with the harsh growls employed here. This shouldn’t really work but to the band’s credit everything does and can be quite catchy in places especially on the superb opening track Daemonelix.

There is a bombastic approach to Daemonelix music with the band playing Doom/Sludge Metal grooves as the main glue that holds everything together before switching to a more brutal style of Groove and Thrash Metal. The EP contains a heavy amount of modern day beatdowns that I haven’t heard this good in a long time. 

The other songs Raise Crows, In the Name Of Freedom and Sing For The Moon rumble on within their own catchy and bleak narrative with the band breaking out to play whatever comes to mind. A bleak psychedelic narrative makes itself known with lyrics that make you think. The release is backed up by solid production values and feels like a modern day extreme release should. 

This is a well-made and superbly entertaining release and if you like your Doom/Sludge Metal with extra extreme aggressive bite then this is the release for you.

Words by Steve Howe


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