We apologize in advance: every time we see the name of this band, we get a dreadfully un-PC reflex image in our head of Cibo Matto shouting the word "Delicious!"

So there's a new band on Metal Blade. And, y'know, this is the pretty much the label that every speedmetal kid worshipped in the '80s. Now it's 2006, and they've found some kids who play really authentic-sounding '86-'88 Bay Area thrash with deathmetalcore vocals. They've even got a ridiculously stupid name.

So: Demiricous. Their album has several songs that sound exactly like Hell Awaits- and Reign In Blood-era Slayer. Not a-little-bit-like: Ex-fucking-zactly, except for the singer. Those sharp, horror-movie King/Hanneman duets? Dave Lombardo's ride-cymbally strides? All there, detail for detail. At first it's such an astonishing impersonation that you kind of lapse into amazed silence. Then, if you're a stickler for pointless shit like originality, you start to think, "Do I like this because it sounds a lot like Slayer, or does it have any non-Slaytanic redeeming qualities of its own?" Actually, we never really got that far. After briefly attempting to discern whether there was any merit to these guys outside of their resemblance to Slayer, we came to our senses and realized we don't care. The mere fact that some kids from nowhere (sorry, "Indiana") are writing grade-A Slayer songs in 2005 is plenty for OTD. Approved, bitch. They even have a single called "Vagrant Idol": which also, coincidentally, is the name of NBC's new Interscope-funded pop-punk reality-show rock-band contest.

LISTEN: Demiricous, "Repentagram" (right-click to get it from the download page)

VIEW: oh, please, like anyone "listens" to "e-cards" anymore . . .
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