Wednesday, September 14, 2011

from Canberra, Australia

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Religion diverts us from the causes of evils, and from the remedies which nature prescribes, far from curing, it only aggravates, multiplies, and perpetuates them.
-- Baron D'Holback

CD-R is the new tape. Now that tapes have become all cute and quirky and collector's item-y, a format on which it's cool to own stuff again, nothing says demo like a memorex CD-R with a number written with blue felt pen, which is how I got 'Demiurge', Mammon's first demo. Mine is #136, because this Australian bunch saw it fit to send me their very first release, and I'm glad they did. They obviously know what pushes my buttons, and those other 135 guys are people of fine taste indeed.

'Demiurge' is a three track affair that lasts 20 minutes, but the raw weight and the underlying complexity of the three songs, 'I', 'II' and 'III', is such that it feels like much longer. I'm happily spinning this daily and it's just like a full album, which is very promising for a band just starting off. Raw and complex sound like two terms that would start to slap each other if left together on the same sentence, but not in this case. A bit like The Ghost Dance Movement, with whom I hope Mammon won't share the let's-record-four-of-the-coolest-songs-ever-and-never-do-anything-else-afterwards syndrome, throat-destroying screams and quasi-crusty aggression happily cohabit with intricate, almost post-rock-ish guitarwork often, a fragile balance of beauty and beastdom that is frequently shattered by a massively overweight riff that enters when you least expect it. There's a lot more still buried in this unholy tryptich of songs, like the blazing black metal in the beginning of 'II' or the shoegazy bit that anticipates one of the decisive lines at the end of 'III', where the vocalist (I will assume it's David, he'll surely email me and tell me he's not if I'm wrong) spits forth "Look not to the stars, / Our lives are here, / We need not this serpentine cult to guide us".

That's the most appealing and promising thing about this band. The concept is very well thought through and presented, and it seems to be deeply tied within the essence of the band itself. I'm sure you all know what the terms Mammon and Demiurge mean, at least after a bit of Wikipediaing you do, and that serpent enveloping the burning church of the cover isn't your average childish SATAN DESCENDS UPON THE EARTH! kind of depiction. Not only was it made by a proper artist, Jacob O. Rolfe, but its meaning is perfectly described throughout the lyrics, which declare a vehement, intelligent and nearly poetic opposition to any kind of religion. So before you rush off and google for the album title, do drop the guys in the band a line to get a proper version of the demo with the lyrics included. It's important. Any album that starts with a sample off There Will Be Blood is.

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