Friday, August 10, 2012

Demonaut unveils debut EP

Posted By on Fri, Aug 10, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Over the last year, it may have seemed like Demonaut was playing shows a little too often for its own good, but the time wasn’t spent frivolously. The six scorched slabs of double-bass doom metal that make up this self-titled EP wouldn’t flow with such a naturalistic pace if the group hadn’t spent so much time hammering out the kinks on stage. And while this debut offering bears all of the sonic earmarks one should expect from a self-released intro, which is essentially a dressed up collection of demos, there are some monstrous rhythms at work here; each drawing strength from the natural distortions of so much bottom-end being squeezed into a lo-fi recording. The winding melodic hooks of “Woman In White” crash headlong into the heart-pumping plod of “Falling Into Hell,” laying out the blueprint for the rest of the EP to follow. But as “Pretty Little Lamb” and “Fallen/Risen” unfold, it’s clear that these guys don't really care about the clichés or self-imposed rules that restrain so many tenants of metal's microgenres. There’s a grimy and antagonistic presence driving these songs, and an experimental bent that exposes some disarmingly rich melodies hidden throughout the recording.

“Waterway” and “Battle Caravan” bring it all to a close with a distorted molasses flow, all set to the tune of an incantation that summons the power of Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi — tuned down but still ripping through the cosmos, bringing it all to a close on powerful note. And while this EP is hardly destined to be viewed as Demonaut's masterpiece in the long run, it is an engaging salvo that’s been well worth the wait, and I can’t help but feel like some of these songs are just the seeds of ideas that are destined to come to fruition later on down the road.

Demonaut EP release party with Halmos, Blasted Goat, and Fire Giant is happening Sat., Aug. 11 at the Basement. $5-$7. 9 p.m. 1245 Glenwood Ave. 404-662-8686

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