Tuesday, August 23, 2011

A Few Words About the Obscure Demetori...

Prior to my summer vacation, I was blissfully unaware of the music phenomenon going on in Asian countries, specifically Japan and South Korea. Regardless of language, the bands coming from these nations are addicting and relatively innovative--well, to my ears. While not every single artist I've come across has been strictly metal, I will say the more metallic acts are among the best.

Turning the page leads me to Demetori. You may remember that I blogged about the two-man project when I first discovered them, which left me extremely impressed. Demetori are actually very interesting because they don't write their own music, but instead base their craft off compositions from a Japanese video game series called Touhou. The results are astonishing instrumental metal covers that make me want to spin the music over and over and over.

Because I've never played this game series, let alone laid my eyes on screenshots, I have yet to hear this so called "godly" game tunage. Despite that, I don't find myself wanting to because Demetori do a heck of a job of writing punch-in-the-gut metal riffs backed by powerful, stampeding drumming. At the core, however, remains Touhou music and, if I didn't know any better, I'd think they were a completely original instrumental band.

Naturally, because I've been so "into" Demetori, Masaru Taramae has effortlessly climbed the ranks becoming my favorite guitar player. I'll totally admit that my favorite always changes, but Masaru has held the position for a long time because I love the way he strings riffs together, his overall technique and sense of melody, and his ability to lay down a scorching hot guitar solo. Stylistically, he weaves in and out between power metal, power-thrash, and heavy metal with a dash of djent and progressive metal.

Is that a Vigier guitar I spy?
Sadly, it's near impossible find physical copies of Demetori's work outside of Japan (and even on the internet), so I've had to look to other means to hear their tunes. As of now, I've heard four of the full-lengths, leaving me with another album and a split to locate. I think I'll let the four I've already heard sink in a little more before I piece the rest of the puzzle together, as I savor every moment I get to listen to this instrumental duo. Lengthening the experience is key.

If you haven't heard Demetori by now, shame on you. Do yourself a BIG favor and start with Il Mondo dove e finito il Tempo, Offering to the Sukhavati, or 曼衍珠汝華 ~ Nada Upasana Pundarika. It's difficult to fault any of those albums because they're instrumental masterpieces in every sense of the word.

I sincerely hope that the Demetori crew release some new material as soon as they can; better yet, original material because I know they're capable of it.

-TMA

25 comments:

  1. So it's Demetori's CDs you want? This may be an old post, but you can order them from a Japanese person called champs de pins on eBay. He sells rare Japanese videogame music. (On a side note, Nuclear Fusion also got me into Demetori. Haha.)

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    1. Thanks, bud. I'll have to check that seller out. And it's nice to see another Demetori fan.

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  2. Great to see another Demetori fan. I've been listening to their music for a while, and I must say, I never get bored of them, and Masaru is an excellent guitar player. He's not the best I've ever heard, (Best has to be Atsushi Yokoyama, also known as a2c, he's not really a metal guitarist, but he also does some video game music. He's a god at guitar, from a doujin/indie band called MintJam), but Masaru is awesome nevertheless. Tadashi, the drummer, is also excellent. On a side note, the first track I heard by Demetori was Necrofantasia. But it was low quality, and they've changed a bit since then, so I'd say the track that actually got me into Demetori was Frenzy Night ~ Magus Night in BEGIERDE DES ZAUBERER. It's unfortunate to see that most awesome doujin bands like Demetori are pretty underrated, so I commend you for your efforts of trying to inform the general public about them, especially those who like metal. Also, if you're particularly interested in Masaru Teramae, you should check out his other works. He's also in a original composition band called DystopiaGround (there's vocals, and the genre is mostly rock, metal, and the like, some techno) as well as a video game rock band called Falcom jdk band. I am hoping he will release another Touhou album soon this year. I though Sukhavati, Manenjushaka, and Zauberer were pretty awesome, but I was somewhat disappointed with his 2012 release, Tendre est la Mort. Anyway, Demetori rocks.

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    1. Thanks for the comment! I'll have to look into the other artists/bands you listed

      Demetori are a hidden gem in the metal world. I'm hoping for an original album sometime soon!

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  3. You've seen Demetori's newest album for this year, "le Grimoire de reve"? If not, check out the crossfade on Youtube. I'll say that it's not as heavy as their previous works, but it's very cool and you won't be disappointed.

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    1. Thanks for the heads-up! Can't wait to give it a listen. I think a review is in order.

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  4. Oh yeah, Masaru's guitar is a Fender '62 Stratocaster. Sadly though, he uses an 8-string guitar for his heavy metal works, but he did not post any info about it on his website, so I am unable to find what guitar it is.

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    1. I wondered about his Strat--I've seen pictures of him playing it posted around the web.

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  5. Chanced upon this entry whilst googling earlier today. I'd recommend you listen to the original tunes that Demetori arranged partly because they're pretty good compositions on their own and more importantly, you get to hear how good of an arranger Tokunan (Masaru Teramae) is :D

    P.S. I assume he's quite the fan of Angra/Kiko Loureiro too, I've heard him reference them a few times by now. Lots of other bands are referenced here and there too.

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    1. Which original tunes? I've heard the entire Demetori discography. Is there something else to be heard?

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    2. Ah no, I'm afraid I might have phrased my previous comment badly. I'm talking about the original tunes composed by ZUN which Demetori arranged.

      If you compare them you can hear exactly what's been added/subtracted etc. IMO Demetori is easily the best at arranging out of the metal touhou circles, a few of the others have been catching up slowly, but for years now Demetori was basically leaving them all in the dust.

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  6. Adrenaline Shooting (on CROW'SCLAW published “CROWZFEST” album) is their only original song that I know of.

    Super Retro Game, the first album they self-published, is non-metal arrangements of a large palette of video games, and to give you an idea it sounds similar to the calmer prologues, interludes and epilogues (the distilled musical side of Demetori basically) they used to have on their earlier pre-2009 albums (since Nada Upasana Pundarika their albums' “Introduction” have become much more straight-forward and dull). Fans who like both the metal and softer acoustic side of Demetori should appreciate; I've put a sampler of tracks on YouTube, from that album.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrIDAHQjW5k&list=PLF4706C28C8F3CD62

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    2. ...not forgetting the DystopiaGround series: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2SDdjASvAp4

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    3. Thanks for the Marble Madness link. I quite enjoyed that.

      As for the second link--very feel good music that isn't half bad. I may look into it further.

      It's always good to see where else one can find Demetori, and sometimes it's in the unlikeliest of places, it seems.

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    4. I'm also happy to continue to breathe life into this ancient Demetori post. I still love them and hope others will keep spreading the word about their music.

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  7. If you haven't already checked it out, there's plenty of live shows of Falcom jdk BAND on Youtube with Masaru playing live (although it's not metal, only rock), it's sweet. With jdk BAND, he's participated in a lot of original soundtracks so there's plenty of songs you can find by jdk BAND with him as the guitarist.

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    1. Thanks for the heads-up. Masaru sure keeps busy, doesn't he?

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    2. I think he's off Falcom now, but I have seen him do the latest Hatsune Miku concerts.

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  8. New album came out a month ago.

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  10. Without words, your post reflects everything felt these 4 years I've been listening demetori, I started listening to his song demetori Desire Dream, when listening felt an orgasm in my ears, incredible. Then I kept looking and looking, I do not eh stopped until today his new album is amazing every time they do best, I still can not get the work in physical, do not come to my country, my best songs Demetori they are: Desire Dream, Casket of stars , Innumerable eyes and Necrofantasia.

    PD: What is the meaning of "Demetori" Thanks: D

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  11. He is also in an other band called Falcom jdk Band, there are several live videos of him on Youtube - just amazing seeing him playing live :).
    For me Tokunan is the best guitar player I've heard.

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  12. My first song I heard from Demetori was Desire Dream too lol. Right now, I'd have to say my favorites are a three-way tie between Reverse Ideology, Ghostly Eyes, and Phantom Ensemble. Knowing Demetori, there are plenty more eargasms to come. ouo

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