Monday, June 25, 2012

Deafknife - demo (2012)


Year: 2012
Genre: Blackgaze
Country: Russia

Track List:
  1. Стая
  2. Короли не правят вечно
  3. К Звездам!

Deafknife are a new post-black metal/shoegaze band from Krasnoyarsk (central Siberia). Don't know what their name means... maybe it's a pun on Deafheaven. Their first demo "Pantheon", recorded in 2010, was entirely based on Cthulhu Mythos - but according to the band, their lyrics always were socially conscious, mostly dealing with such topics as human stupidity, aggression and herd instinct. There isn't any big metal or punk scene in Krasnoyarsk, and the opinion of Deafknife members on post-Soviet metal scene is generally quite low (except for a few bands like Заводь). They don't claim to be a political band, but they're quite friendly to the punk/HC scene, and strongly dislike NSBM.

If you wonder what the track names mean: 1) "The Pack", 2) "Kings Don't Reign Forever", 3) "Ad Astra". I especially like the lyrics for 2nd track - in my opinion, it's much more rebellious than the lyrics of many RABM bands. The general atmosphere of this demo is depressive, but still somewhat encouraging and optimistic about the better future which can be achieved by force of will. This unique mood of their music is better described by the phrase "per aspera ad astra", which is used in the lyrics for track #3.

...Well, Deafknife is definitely not a "true" black metal band (and don't claim to be one), but if you liked Dernier Martyr or Beauty of Sirin, you probably won't be disappointed by this demo.

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