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Climhazzard: Demo 2
Melodic Death Metal
Self-release
January 10th, 2009
Release length: 24:01
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Climhazzard is an unsigned act based out of Carlsbad, California. The four piece formed back in 2006, and since then hasn’t necessarily flooded the internet with material, but to this date has only issued two demo recordings. The band’s first demo was released in 2007 and consisted of four songs, and the same format was followed for this, Demo 2, being four solid Melodic Death Metal songs. While surfing random Youtube videos, I happened across this band, and was pleased to come across an unsigned act that has a lot of promise and plenty of talent right from the start. I was also happy to find the band returned my request for their demo material, being sent the MP3 files for their follow-up demo release, and it’s quickly becoming one of my favorite demo recordings I’ve had the pleasure to hear.

It’s hard to sit back and try to point out exactly where the band’s inspirations come from. While the music isn’t completely new and original, it’s the manner in which the band tackles the material on this recording. Musically, the demo has plenty of power and energy seething from their instruments, yet vocally it feels a little more laid back, taking on a gutteral performance that will wrap everything to feel like a cross between In Flames and the more laid back approach of Dark Tranquillity. The latter of the bands can really be heard in “Cemetery Paradise”, having an energetic performance, but with such a fluid, natural vocal approach that it’s almost soothing, the yin to the energetic yang that is the music. This also features a very impressive guitar solo, both technical and long lasting that sounds really good and becomes jaw dropping after a short time, filling up a good amount of time, but does it very well before bleeding into another reprisal that both feels riddled with despair and melancholic in overtones before hammering into another emotional and atmospheric guitar solo that matches the previous one nicely to close out the track completely.

The only downfall is that “Cemetery Paradise” is the only one that really seems to pack any true atmosphere or emotional impact to it. The rest of the material typically relies on being heavy as hell, but also utilizing plenty of catchy hooks that do their job well. “Hymn of the Forsaken” takes that energy and hammers away with it well, focusing more on heaviness then anything, while “Melancholy Misery” does feel a little more restrained in comparison, though the blistering drums and guitars still permeate a strong heaviness that nicely matches guitars that match that speed, though not quite as technical, with another guitar solo that is impressive, taking on a more traditional Heavy Metal approach with some slight shredding going on. “Web of Lies” is a little deceiving at first though, coming off with such a hard hitting, commanding chugging guitar style, then going into the more traditional Melodic Death Metal sound that wasn’t really established at the start of the track. While slightly disappointing, the song is still very impressive and, for it’s near seven minute track length, has enough solid music and change ups in it to keep the listener attentive throughout.

There isn’t really anything bad that can be said about Climhazzard‘s second demo. It’s four songs of solid Melodic Death Metal that shows a band heading in the right direction from the start. The only real complaint is that this release only features one song that really presents a rich atmosphere with some really emotional input to it, from the music to the vocal performances. It’s sad to see the band still unsigned at this time, but given the talent they bring on Demo 2, it’s only a matter of time before these guys manage to get signed to an esteemed label in the Metal community. If this is the first time you’re hearing about Climhazzard, then quit procrastinating and check this band out now and show your support, as these guys really know how to create some energetic Melodic Death Metal.

01. Hymn of the Forsaken – 6:28
02. Cemetery Paradise – 5:45
03. Melancholy Misery – 4:54
04. Web of Lies – 6:54
Overall Score: 9/10
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Digital review copy of this release provided by Climhazzard.