EP Review: Demon King – The Final Tyranny (The Artisan Era)

Formed in 2019, Demon King is the comeback project of prominent original Enfold Darkness guitarist Matt Brown after stepping away from playing music for a number of years. He is joined by technical wizards Malcolm Pugh (Inferi, ex-Enfold Darkness) on bass and Jack Blackburn (ex-Inferi, ex-Vital Remains, ex-Enfold Darkness) on drums.

The technical death metal trio are now eager to unleash their explosive debut EP, The Final Tyranny. Set for release on February 12th, 2021 via The Artisan Era.

Matt Brown comments on the release of The Final Tyranny:

For this initial release, I wanted to showcase what I felt were the best elements of my writing during my time with Enfold Darkness…but stepped up and refined. In many ways, it’s a continuation of that early sound. It’s all fast and thrashy, yet lush with melody. Lyrically it’s similar too, with end-times eschatology being a major focus.

Unleashing hell, technical death metal hell, on an unsuspecting world. Demon King make sure to make their mark in a short amount of time. This debut EP, four tracks long and lasting around 18 minutes. That’s 18 minutes of contagious heaviness that has plenty of roaring technicality to admire while also being a raging head-banger.

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Playing their instruments as though they’re possessed, a three-piece shouldn’t be able to make this much of a racket. Yet, Demon King can and do with the kind of confidence that is so admirable. Time away from music, in the case of Matt Brown, has clearly reinvigorated them.

The introduction of Demon King is effective. The earth is cracking, the steamy heat is emerging and the wails of the damned can be heard echoing from below. The Final Tyranny is just the beginning.

Demon King – The Final Tyranny Full Track Listing:

1. Tyrannical Reign of the Deceiver
2. Invoking the Spirit of Chaos
3. Transmutation of the Artilect
4. The Watcher, Wreathed in Flame


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Demon King - The Final Tyranny (The Artisan Era)
  • The Final Score - 8/10
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