Have you ever thought to yourself, “I wonder what it would sound like if someone took Behemoth‘s sound and threw in a healthy dosage of Gojira‘s rhythmic sensibility?” No? You’re wrong. Literally everyone has thought that at some point or another. Especially the fine folks comprising the blackened death metal band VELD, whose 2015 album, Daemonic: The Art Of Dantalian, showcases this flawless combination and its potential to sound unlike anything else. Check it out after the jump.

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The name of the game here is simple: grim, crushing rhythms that sound as if every soul in Hell was beating a drum in time, combined with some of the finest melodic work this side of Demigod. The mix sounds like the sort of demonic evil you’d expect: as of writing this, I have just recently watched the E3 coverage of the new DOOM game, and this album goes perfectly with what was displayed there: violent, visceral, and unstoppable.

Every track on Daemonic is a rhythmic juggernaut, charging like a freight train through any sonic barrier in its path to bring you devilish war chants. I honestly can’t think of any other way to describe the sheer amount of power this release packs than to tell you, dear reader, that every track will hit you with a physical impact. You will actually be knocked on your ass by this band.

If you’ve ever wondered what demons would hypothetically listen to while invading our mortal realm, or what Hades himself rocks out to as he rules the underworld with an iron fist, wonder no longer. VELD are modern-day Orpheuses, having traveled to this dark depths to show you what evil music blasts into the eardrums of the foul creatures of Tartarus. This is what evil music sounds like: it is grim, it is powerful, and most importantly, it’s going to destroy you.

-SH

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