Daemoniac is such a band. This trio from Milan (Italy) arose from the ashes of Horrid in order to keep the old school approach alive. Formed in 2013, these Italians had nothing else in mind than writing skullcrushing riffs and reinforcing them with blasting drums and deep, guttural vocals. The first result of this quest, is this e.p., containing an intro, a Crematory cover and four brand new songs. It's a must for every old school death metal fan and it's perfectly suited to show the new generation where we're coming from.
The own songs are great pieces of death metal, truly reminding me of the nineties version of the genre. Fierce, brutal and vile songs blast through my speaker at an intense speed an with menacing riffs which easily get stuck in my head. For old school death metal, that hasn't happened to me since Dismember, can you imagine? Yet, Daemoniac manages to add a hint of melody in the way old Amorphis did and a lot of groove, making this perfect for a wild headbanging session in front of a stage somewhere.
My favorite track is 'Demonic Possession', perfectly illustrating everything I mentioned earlier in this review. It's raw, it's immensely heavy and it rolls by like a massive steamroller on speed, crushing the entire new-fashioned competition. Yet, same goes for the other songs. None of them disappoint and each and everyone of them will induce moshpits and stagedivers everywhere. 'Desecration of Christianity' is my other favorite by the way, driving on intense blastbeats and wicked guitars.
So in all, do I have to say more than 'Old school' and combine it with 'death metal'? Isn't that all the death metal scene still needs today? Some bands that pay hommage to the gods of death and still stand strong today. If any subgenre of metal refuses to go down without a fight, it's this one and they have found a perfect army in Daemoniac.