Rogga Johansson is a busy man. The Swedish
guitarist/vocalist from Paganizer and Ribspreader adornes the death metal genre
with a number of side projects that certainly deserves some attention. The two
projects he's done in cooperation with death metal legend Kam Lee, Bone Gnawer
and The Grotesquery, have so far resulted in two very brutal albums.
With Demiurg Rogga has again managed to pull in some of the genre's stalwarths,
this time in the shape of ex-Gorefest drummer Ed Warby and Dan Swanö whom many
know as a producer and perhaps not so much for his duties in Edge of Sanity and
Add to that Dutch beauty Marjan Welman and This Haven/The Grotesquery bass
player Johan Berglund, and you have something that is not just a run-of-the-mill
'Slakthus Gamleby' is old school death metal plus so much more. Marjan's vocal
adds a beautyful contrast to Life is a Coma, From Laughter to Retching and
the beautiful outro World Burial. Ed Warby lends a clean vocal. Rogga growls.
Swanö not only plays guitar but also plays synths which adds another unexpected
Melody and full-on brutality intermix perfectly throughout the album, giving the
old-school a touch of something more modern, machine-like coldness.
Looking for a dream of a slow metal monster intro? Try Travellers of the Vortex.
Or how about real death metal with a touch of Nightwish? Try Cold Skin.
Variation, killer riffs, brutality, melody, beauty, deadly growls, in short: