"Demon Crusades" (R.I.P. Records; 1999)

Reviewed by Christopher J. Kelter

This is "old school" death metal that is very similar to early Slayer ("Show No Mercy" comes to mind). Quite frankly, this is not surprising bands like October 31 and Skullview are on the RIP roster - it would shock me if Lordes Werre listened to music made after 1989.

"Disguised Seduction," an all-too-brief instrumental, is a decent tune with nice pacing and decent lead guitar. "Welcome To Your Death" has a cool collection of riffs. The mid-paced intro of "Absorbed Into Obscurity" provides an interesting counterbalance to the hyperspeed craziness that ends the song. The very Slayer-like "Nightmare" mixes Obituary-style slow grinding into the mix. The other four tunes, however, meander like a club footed Neanderthal except for the very thrash oriented riffs that save this disc from becoming two chainsaws instead of two and a half.

The lyrics are typical fantasy world and Dungeons and Dragons kind of material. However, lyricist Rob Elliot shows a nice touch handling the potential horror of nuclear holocaust on "Apocalypse." Unfortunately, the less than stellar production buries the vocals underneath the onslaught of the rest of the band.

If you liked Slayer circa-1986 then this is mandatory for your collection.

"Demon Crusades" was produced by Lordes Were; the disc was engineered, mixed, and mastered by Brian Eaton.

Lordes Werre is vocalist Scott Carroll, rhythm guitarist Rob Elliot, lead guitarist Ben Meyer, bassist James Garber, and drummer Ben Elliot.  All music is written by Lordes Werre and all lyrics were scribed by Rob Elliot.

For more information contact RIP Records at PO Box 41182, Chicago IL 60641.

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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