"The Return to Darkness" (Candlelight; 2011)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

India’s premiere metal troupe, Demonic Resurrection, commandeers a grandiose symphonic black metal sound without skimping an ounce of brutality on their 10-track endeavor "The Return to Darkness."

This quintet casts the spirit of the corpse-painted contingent with a flurry of double-bass propelled diabolical rhythms and foreboding guitar runs yet implements a smattering of the finer progressive elements, a la Opeth, into their dark swirls of metallic majesty (“Lord of Pestilence”), creating a groundswell of well-executed extreme metal melding the wares of Dimmu Borgir, Emperor, and Limbonic Art (“Bound by Blood, Fire And Stone”).

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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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