One of the coolest things about Indianapolis right now is its metal scene. The Indianapolis Metal Fest a few weekends ago was a smashing success, and local bands ranging from Devil to Pay to High Council to Mercykill all point to a scene that is as vibrant and strong as any in the country.
The king daddies of the Indy Metal Merchants Association are the members of Demiricous, who are signed to Metal Blade Records. Their debut album, 2005’s One, brought these guys quite a bit of exposure, and they have crisscrossed the country, playing with people like Slayer and King Diamond.
Two years later, the band is now on the eve of the release of its second album, Two (Poverty). Out Oct. 16, Two (Poverty) is a continuation of the band’s straight-up, old-school thrash. Nate Olp’s vocals defy the cookie monster aesthetic for a more organic sound akin to Jim Dandy rather than Phil Anselmo, but it’s Scott Wilson and Ben Parrish’s intense guitar interplay along with Dustin Boltjes’ Bonham-on-meth drumming that set the pace with a sound like a hellish killer bee swarm.
Produced by Morbid Angel’s Erik Rutan, Two (Poverty) has a few classics in “Never Enough Road” and the awesome “Knuckle Eye.” “Acid Lung,” with its dive-bombing guitar runs, is another track that harkens back to the days before Metallica and Aqua-Net started to weaken metal. Other tracks like “Leprosaic Belief” and “Engineer” aren’t afraid to showcase the band’s hardcore punk leanings. Uncompromisingly loud and raw, Two (Poverty) could push these guys into Lamb of God-like heights of national fame.
“This record is definitely a broader album; no two songs sound the same. That was kinda the goal,” says bassist/vocalist Olp. “The first thing you’ll notice is the vocal style. I just did what felt right instead of doing any death metal style shit. I feel it has more of an identity.”
Looking at a year or so on the road to push the new record, Olp reflects on what being from Indianapolis means to the band. “I think the Midwest as a whole is a more real down-to-earth, honest place than the rest of the country,” he says. “I think it comes through in the approach to being in a band more than the style of music. So in other words, there’s no bullshit. We don’t use some gimmick to get by; it’s all about doing it for the right reasons, for ourselves and for fun.”
No matter how high they climb or how far they go, you can rest assured that Demiricous will represent Indy in the best way possible. As Olp tells NUVO, “People act surprised, like, ‘What? You’re from Indiana?’ and then I’m like, ‘Fuck yeah, asshole, you’re God damn right we’re from Indiana!’ They think nothing good can come out of Indy, [but] they have no idea.”
WHEN: Friday, Oct. 26, 7 p.m., $8/$10 (tickets are available at Vibes, Missing Link and online at www.brownpapertickets.com), all-ages
WHERE: Harrison Center for the Arts