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Standard Whore (Demilich)

by Brett Stevens
April 22, 2013 –

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Continuing our series of metalcore bands, a brief look at Standard Whore shows us an exceptional version of the modern metal style combined with a guitar rock outlook.

From the mastermind guitarist and drummer of Demilich, this style in post-Gorguts Obscura era metal hybrids uses the post-hardcore tendency to string together surprising and alarming riff combinations with a stoner rock or guitar rock tendency to stitch it all into a big jam session. One thing’s for sure: if you’re looking for metal, look elsewhere.

The same quirky riffing that made Demilich distinct is here but with more groove, less complexity, and its weirdness has been redirected to a sense of catch and hooky sounds. The result is really easy to listen to, and joins other mostly-instrumental projects like Blotted Science in trying to forge a new late model of the old influences.

Boman’s guitar is the organization voice here and gives to this style a new dimension into which it could expand, which is to remove the pretense of deconstruction and allow a jam to bleed itself together out of these spacy riffs and tortuous tempi.

Somehow I missed this back in 2010, but it’s good to give it some air and light now. These songs are from a live rehearsal session featuring material written 2008-2010.

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4 comments

  • Metal Command

    It’s not bad, but I have no interest in this style. Death metal is based around finding a clear path that’s outside the individual. This style is based on sitting back and relaxing while enjoying being where you are. That’s valid, I guess, but it’s not as masculine or aggressive and it inspires me to do nothing greater than warming my thumb with my rectum.

    Bowman’s talents are better spent on Jess and the Ancient Ones but I’d rather he stopped chasing trendy styles and did something timeless, like an instrumental metal band or even some kind of folk project.

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  • Aleister Crowley (The Bisexual Sadist)

    While I really enjoyed listening to this based on what it is, it didn’t leap out at me like Nespithe did. I never heard Nespithe in the hey day of Napalm Death, Entombed, and Earache’s golden years, and when I heard it about a decade ago, it really floored me and grabbed my attention like the first riff of Immortal Rites did back then. Nespithe really is a rare gem in music. I don’t know if I’ll be listening to this regularly like that one.

    This kind of reminds me of an Autopsy meets Voivod jam session performed by Dick Dale, some kind of decrepit sounding, discordant surf/jam band. Not trying to make fun of it either.

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  • metal bob

    I feel the same as most of the commentators so far. Its ok, but not at all as magical as Demilich, so not something I would ever bother with really.

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