Dead River Runs Dry – Winter (demo)

Dead River Runs Dry
Winter (demo)
Due for release/Released: June 2012
Black Metal
Released via Label: Self-Released

‘Winter’ is the first demo from the Australian black metal band Dead River Runs Dry.

Now, why is it that whenever I see the words “black metal” and “demo”, I have this image of a battered old CDR or worse still tape recorded in someone’s garage or bedroom? Based on my experience, the sound quality on these tends to be somewhat raw.

Luckily this doesn’t seem to be the case here. The sound quality is surprisingly good for a self-financed demo release. The style tends to vary a little depending on the track. ‘The Weapon Black’ has slightly different vocals which, though still very much in the black metal ilk, sound a bit deeper on here compared to the other tracks. This is also the only song to feature guitar solos and thrash metal-esque melodies. ‘Paradigm of Barbaric Antiquity’ picks up the speed and adds more emphasis on the guitars whilst ‘Dying Gleam Of The Sun Eternal’ has some atmospheric undertones. ‘Way of The Plunderer’ is the slowest track on the here and by far the most monotonous with its eerie guitar riffs and guttural vocals.

3.5/5 – a very promising demo. Much better than I expected.

Iza Raittila

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