Slayer Of Evil

You have to start somewhere, I guess. You may have heard about a Finnish death metal outfit called Deuteronomium, formed by two brothers, Manu and Jerno Lehtinen. Deuteronomium is awesome, one of my favorites in rotation here in my padded cell. Before there was Deuternonomium, though, they started out playing in another death metal band that refered to itself as Destroyer Of Black Metal, or DBM for short. Was this just as awesome? Well…not really.

DBM released only two demos during its brief existence, before they changed their name to Cathacomb (and lost the afore-mentioned Lehtinen brothers). Slayer Of Evil was their first cassette-only demos release, containing seven tracks of death metal that can be described as doomy, mid-paced and generically mediocre to the point of sounding like the musicians are merely phoning it in at times. The production is sludgy; not unlistenable, but in desperate need of fiddling with the equalizer. The main point of contention, though, is the guitar work. With some exceptions, it’s mostly generic doom metal riffs, no lead work, and it comes off as a bit…well, amateurish, if not lazy sounding.

There are, however, a couple of shining points in all this. Two tracks stand out: “Slowly They Rot” and “Death Of A Soul” have more of a thrashy death metal sound, not unlike the style of Seventh Angel from back in the day. Overall, though, the listening experience was firmly “meh”; there was some potential here, definitely, and I’m not faulting them for not sounding professional with what they probably had to record the demo in the first place. It was 1992, after all. Still, the relisten value of Slayer Of Evil is rather low, and I don’t really see myself popping this in to listen to in the future.