Prog metallers Deimos are obscure enough that they don't even have a listing in the Encyclopedia Metallium, the premier online encyclopedia for heavy metal, and their is little background information to be had on their one and only album Never Be Awaken from 2004. Our pals at Wroth Emitter just turned us on to this weird album, an oddball mix of thrash metal, death metal, doom, jazz fusion, and 70's prog rock and folk music that even after listening to it half a dozen times over the past week, I still can't come up with any bands to really compare this to. Which means that this is actually pretty damn interesting. The disc starts off with the title track, which begins with the sound of chirping birds and sunny woodland sounds, as a sparkling acoustic guitar appears playing a sweet, darkly tinged melody joined by fretless bass and a breathy female singer, very proggy and folky until the tranquil mood is shattered by death metal vocals and heavier metal riffing. The fretless bass adds a very jazzy, Jaco Pastorius-like feel to the song, and this mix of fusiony jazz, 80's prog, and death metal is thoroughly strange sounding. The second song "Guardian" is ripping thrash metal with speedy double bass drumming and choppy, crushing thrash riffage, layered with acoustic guitars and that amazing jazzy fretless bass sound. "Last Light Flashes" is midpaced progressive death metal, with dissonant guitar lines alternating with the chunkier thrash riffing, haunting female singing trading off with the raspy, blackened male grunts, and ends with an extended fusiony solo. The rest of the album is just as odd, with lots of clean guitars and acoustic parts, crushing thrash metal, Gothy male vocals and gutteral death roars, whole passages where the band goes off into jazz fusion territory, bits of deathdoom and bluesy rock, classical guitars, keyboard solos, sweet Maiden-esque dual guitar harmonies, over the top prog rock arrangements, all wrapped around a VERY 80's metal sound and production. Imagine Opeth, Skyclad, Uriah Heep, Wishbone Ash, Jaco and My Dying Bride combined into an epic prog metal powerhouse, but playing really bizarre arrangements and injecting a heavy dose of death metal and black metal. Like all Russian prog metal, Deimos is kind of an acquired taste, but one that fans of really weird and ambitious prog should check out. The album also features some very cool cover art and a thick booklet with lyrics that is laid out like one of those older childrens fairy tale books from the 1970's.
It’s hard to define the style of this band, it mix avantgarde/progressive stuff with some jazz fusion touches, doom and death/thrash metal, and all that varies depending the song, an album of a lot of variety, in certain way that makes sense knowing that all the music was composed between the years 1995 and 2001. The “weirdness” of this album starts from the cover art, it’s like a bizarre cover for a children’s book. The opening and also title track, “Never be Awaken” shows this “bizarre fairytale-like” atmosphere, mixing female vocals with a very sweet sound, like telling a child’s story, mixed with growls in death metal vein, the excellent interpretation of the fretless bass gives a jazzistic touch to this song specially, but it’s also present in all the record. The second track “Guardian” it’s a fast death/thrash metal song, with some progressive breaks and a very present sound of the fretless bass. “Last Light Flashes” is a mid tempo and dissonant progressive song with female vocals interventions driving the song to more doomish atmospheres, then returning to the initial sound including a very melodic and long solo to finish the track. “In winter” follows in some way the style of the second song “Guardian” but blending in their sound clean guitars and less aggressive vocals mixed with the grunts, lots of breaks, an excellent drum work, the jazz influence is very present on this track (bass, drums and the clean guitar sound in some parts). A beautiful progressive/jazz fusion intro opens the next track “Run Through” , a song that mix progressive heavy metal riffs with faster and more “brutal” parts. “The Great Flower of Northern Lands” is a melodic death progressive piece with good solos and clean vocal parts that reminds me Opeth at moments, the following track “The Top” mix fast thrash-like parts with slow moments mixing a voice in the vein of Moonspell’s clean vocals. The album ends with “Golden Horde”, a very heavy song that starts very calm and melodic, (again reminds me Opeth), various breaks and after a pause the drums and acoustic guitars finish the song in the vein of acoustic Opeth songs. This Russians made a very entertaining and diverse album, the ones who like progressive music, but also extreme styles will like this. (A.R.)
Aus Russland und zwar von Wroth Emitter Productions stammt diese Cd. Oh, da braucht man bei so vielen Musikern ganz schön viel Platz. 1 Sänger, 1 Sängerin, 2 Guitarristen, 1 Keyboarder, 1 Basser , 1 Drummer und ein Sessionmussiker. Na ja, wenn die sich man noch selber unterscheiden können,hehe. Wie gesagt, Deimos stammen aus Russland und das ist nicht ganz so meine Mucke. Beim ersten Song:"Never be awaken" habe ich nich gedacht.Oh,oh, GothicMetal, da ziemlich Keyboardfreundlich, Männe-r und Frauengesang, aber zum Glück entwickeln die sich weiter auf dem Album. Beim nächsten Song:"Guardian" wird auch gleich das Tempo erhöht und amn geht in die Death Metal Ecke. Sicherlich ist das die Stärke von Deimos. Das ständige wechseln der Geschwindigkeiten, das ändern von Rhythmen. Dieses haben sie wirklich drauf, für mich ist dieses überwiegende Miidtempo aber zu lahmarschig. Deimos könnte man als eine doomige, progressive Death Metal Band bezeichnen, die sich auch vor Heavy Metal Einflüssen nicht scheut und keine Grenzen könnt. Sie machen das, was ihnen gefällt. Tiefe Vocals, Clean Vocals, Frauengesang, alles ist dabei. Die Stücke werden teilweise von schönen Melodien begleitet. Deimos ist wieder so eine Open-Minder Band, die viele von euch beglücken könnte. Mich nicht so.!