"Aftershock" (Recital Records; 1999)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Megadeth fans are gonna love Demon Dagger. Or maybe they'll hate them. The band is a tight, focused unit who sound is so close to Megadeth, you almost have to listen twice before you can tell the difference.

Boasting sawblade-sharp guitar, fast-paced rhythms, and a vocalist who sounds a hell of a lot like Dave Mustaine, Demon Dagger are one of those musical crimes that you can't help but resist. They take the classic Megadeth sound, twist it around their own songs and their own vocal and musical styles, and wind up with a killer record.

Of course, not everything is a Megadeth carbon copy. Demon Dagger offers up lead riffs that are fresh and new and - as I mentioned above - the songs are written just a hair differently than one might expect from Megadeth. But the comparison is inescapable. And you know what? This time out, that's not a bad thing. "Aftershock" rocks and rocks hard.

Demon Dagger is Pedro Mendes - vocals; Vitor Carvalho - guitars; Miguel Carvalho - drums; Ze Figuerido - bass. 

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.


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