Demonic Resurrection

1. Matsya — The Fish
2. Kurma — The Tortoise
3. Varaha — The Boar
4. Vamana — The Dwarf
5. Narasimha — The Man-Lion
6. Parashurama — The Axe Wielder
7. Rama — The Prince
8. Krishna — The Cowherd
9. Buddha — The Teacher
10. Kalki — The Destroyer Of Filth

The Demonstealer - Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards
Virendra Kaith - Drums
Ashwin Shriyan - Bass, Vocals (backing)
Nishith Hegde - Guitars (lead)

Demonstealer (2000)
A Darkness Descends (2005)
Beyond the Darkness (EP 2007)
The Return to Darkness (2010)
The Demon King (2014)

Rishab Seen - Sitar (track 1)
Kaushik Ramachandran - Vocals (tracks 2, 9)
Pratika Prabhune - Vocals (track 2)
Devang Shinde - Tabla (tracks 1, 2, 7, 9)
Sidharth Bharadwaj - Flute (track 8)

Mastered at Woodshed Studios (Germany).
Recorded and Mixed at Demonic Studios.
Drums Recorded at That Studio.
Daniel Kenneth Rego - Engineering
Ashwin Shriyan - Engineering
V. Santura - Mastering
The Demonstealer - Recording, Mixing
Reuben Bhattacharya - Artwork

Released 2017-03-15
Reviewed 2017-03-14


When I saw the cover of this album I just knew that I had to review it as it looks brilliant, and this cover is part of telling the sdtory of this album. A story about Lord Vishnu and his ten avatars where each track is dedicated to a different avatar. It is a fascinating concept and it could be called educational for those who want to broaden their cultural understanding to Hindu mythologies. But it is not just the concept and the cover that thrills; the album is an ass-kicking release as well.

They play melodic, epic, a bit progressive black metal, perhaps a little bit inspired by the Norwegians like Dimmu Borgir but also by music that is closer to home for them. I would say that they have a fairly fresh sound and while they may not be very different they have found a pretty personal expression. And the album is well produced with good sound, decent variation and good depth to keep it interesting for many repeat plays. The vocals are both growled and clean, neither of those vocal styles can be said to be impressive, but they are not bad either – the vocals may however be the weak point of this album.

Dashavatar is a great album in any regards and by any measurement you want to judge an album by, one of the more interesting albums in this genre that I have heard in a while. I like it. Besides a bit average vocals I don’t see any weakness in this album, not even the playing time close to one hour is problematic as the variation and depth keeps it interesting for the entire duration. It is an impressive album, probably the best one I have heard from India, though that doesn’t say much as I don’t know too much Indian metal. I can also safely recommend this album, not only to those into this genre but to fans of many different kinds of metal – it is probably an album with a rather wide appeal.

I think all the songs on the album are good; they are also interesting, fresh and dramatic. I like them all but maybe particularly the opening track about the fish that sets a great tone to a great album. A great album that I recommend to any and all of those readers who enjoy great and heavy music and perhaps we can summarise by concluding that this album is more or less as good as the artwork.





Label: Demonstealer Records
Three similar bands: Dimmu Borgir/Cradle of Filth/Demonstealer
Rating: HHHHHHH (5/7)
Reviewer: Daniel Källmalm

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