Heck yeah! Speed metal is back! And what better representative than Demona – a Canadian-Chilean underground band led by Tanza Godoy, daughter of Jackie Godoy and for a long time a one-woman speed metal killing machine who, despite facing all sorts of adversity, stuck to her guns and never lost sight of her goal: to make old school quality speed metal.
Now, all the hard work has come to fruition in the form of the debut album from Demona, now a full band, but still under Tanza's command.
We are dealing with old school speed metal here evolving around old school thrash and speed metal riffage chucking away at breakneck velocity, accompanied by fast – at time even punky – drumbeats and a nicely audible and round, almost warm-sounding, bass. There are plenty of shreddy guitar solos, some of which are provided by guest musicians, including Mr Godoy Senior.
The album is complete in its use of speed metal aesthetics, which means that there are a lot of bursts of melody and, at time, it sounds like NWoBHM in speed (just check out some of the more melodic parts of 'Nightmare' or the galloping, nay stampeding, riffage in 'Llagas'). The title track is a speed metal power bomb, featuring guest musicians from Warrant, Wardance, Sabbat (JPN), and Gurd, among others. As a bonus, there is a well-executed cover version of Wardance's 'Don't Play with Fire'.
The album contains a lot of Demona classics, some of which have been around since the very early days of the band. They have all been rerecorded with the present Demona line-up (with help from Hugo Uribe on drums), and thus there is both a lot of history and a lot of authenticity to the album. Tanza's vocals have fortunately not lost the unique quality that has characterized the sound of Demona since its inception.
The production is old school and unpolished, but not unbearably raw. Still, it does suit the overall DIY-feel of the album very well, and certainly adds to the speed metal authenticity of the album.
Speed metal to the bone, Demona's Metal Through the Time has everything that makes for good speed metal – it has the charm, the aggression, the influence from traditional metal, it has the production. Fans of old school thrash and speed metal are bound to love this album.
2. Pay for Your Sins
3. The Apocalypse
4. Ataque de Locura Homicida
6. Solo Existe el Metal
9. Metal through the Time
12. Don't Play with Fire (Wardance cover)