Demonreich is a four-piece band hailing from Brisbane. “Bastard Reich” is their first EP, released following their self-titled demo tape. They play a mixture of old-school thrash and early death metal with a bit of punk catchiness thrown in. Everything about their music sounds old-school; be it the crunchy and catchy riffs, the unpolished production, the evil vocals or the deliciously raw and non-triggered drum sound.
The songs themselves are good fun, most being catchy mid-paced, no-bullshit thrashing numbers that should inspire any old-school metal fan to get their head banging. My favourite tracks of the five featured on this EP would be the title track, “Witchslut” and “March in to Lava”. Having seen Demonreich live twice before getting my hands on the EP and demo, I can say that I’m not disappointed in how the bands songs transfer between a live setting and hearing them on CD and tape.
There’s really nothing else I can say about “Bastard Reich”, it’s just a straightforward EP that makes me think of the phrase “No bullshit, just metal!” If you're into old-school metal, definitely check Demonreich out if you get the chance.