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Demo Review: PLAGUE PATROL Demo 2021

Plague Patrol, Death Metal, 2021 Releases, Czech Republic

Plague Patrol, Demo 2021 album cover.

In 2020 in the midst of a pandemic, the band Plague Patrol emerged onto the death metal scene. The following year they released a demo apathy named Demo 2021. Like the Covid-19 outbreak, let’s hope this demo becomes a hazy memory.

The opening track Taxidermia starts off dark and disturbing with the guitars coming in with a sound reminisced of nails on a chalkboard. However, this mood is rapidly ruined by the awful vocals of “S.” While listening to this demo I imagined the vocals were recorded while “S” was straining on the toilet pushing out a massive turd.

The rest of the demo certainly has an early 90’s death metal sound with traces of doom found throughout the guitar solos. These solos are rudimentary in nature, yet are still a refreshing sound when compared to the mindless shredding found is some albums. However towards the end of the second track Bennings Bonfire the guitar solo does lack substance. Drums are okay with a balanced mixture of blast beats and fills. Nothing out of the ordinary. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the chrunchy bass found hidding throughout the demo. A sample can be heard within a solo on the last track Xenogensis. Once the tone is highlighted, you can really start to hear it throughout the tracks. I only wish this was brought to the listener’s attention earlier in the demo.

This demo isn’t going to light the world on fire. The band’s potential can be heard throughout, but the subpar vocals ruin it for me.

Rating

⭐⭐ - 2 out of 5 Stars