Demigod's debut album is what many would call a hot piece of modern day rock & roll. The guitar work, by Bruce Shakman and Ralph Patlan, is laced with catchy phrases high in melodic essence. Keith Graves puts down a strong bass groove which always accents the melody, and at times brings on a frontal attack that increases the overall charisma. "Born, Play, Work, Die" is a perfect example of Graves creating a unique magnetism to a piece, which without his fervent presence would be an average composition. Shane Gaalaas is a powerhouse rhythm machine providing the foundation on the drums and never wavering. On the first track from the self-titled album, "Wasted Life," one gets to experience Gaalaas' skilled work at its finest. His many accents and time-signature changes lend the song a very danceable quality. Shakman also shines on "Wasted Life" as he displays his amazing vocal abilities, which is not so much his range but more his energetic quality and total emotional concentration into the material, that captures the audience. "Rifle Range" finds Patlan pulling out all the stops on his bag of high-speed guitar riffs. The rhythm section keeps the piece on a fast-paced rock groove complementing Shakman's Robin Zander-esque vocal assault. The only fault found in this piece is that it comes off as too familiar and generic, lacking in the unique and original spark of the other Demigod compositions. "Walk Away" finds Demigod slipping into a generic rock mold. The group should have taken their own suggestion and done just that: walked away while they were ahead in the game. Just under two minutes, which is the element that makes the song tolerable, is still two minutes too long of generic drums, bass, vocals, and guitar. Although Demigod comes off with two weak songs out of 11 found on the album, one is still blessed with an exciting sonic adventure. The originality and solid rock groove found on tunes like "Tuesday" and "Remote Control" make the weak pieces a minor distraction. One still comes to appreciate what a fantastic album this debut release is. Demigod is made up of four incredible musicians who have created a gem which will be treasured by any rock-hound.
Share this page