Feb. 25, 2020


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The Pitch: Emotive post-hardcore/screamo from Copenhagen band Demersal. FFO: Bosse-De-Nage, Erlen Meyer, Glassing

What I Like: Demersal take the raw, heartstring-pulling emotion of groups like Touche Amore and weaponizes it with the cold, aggressive energy of Scandinavian groups like Hexis and Telos (with whom they've shared a stage). The band go so far as to describe their sound as "blackened"; and while I tend to consider that an oversell, there is no denying grim fury that underscores each of these 9 tracks. I'm particularly impressed by opener "Amends" with its additional horn accompaniment, but more straightforward ragers like "Relentless" shouldn't be counted out either. Throughout the course of Less's runtime, expect to experience profound despair, unyielding rage, blissful endurance and everything in between.

Critiques: I'd be interested to hear a little more experimentation with additional instrumentation as on the opening and closing tracks. They're definitely onto something, and it would help differentiate their sound.

The Verdict: Less is an emotional roller coaster ride that covers the entire spectrum of the human condition in just over 30 minutes. Definitely check Demersal out if you love screamo, post-hardcore, or emotional music in general.

Flight's Fav's: Amends, Relentless, Failure

- Review by FlightOfIcarus

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