Demonauta
Temaukel The Spirit Before Time
(2018)
Crank this to 9.5 of 11
|    Editor's Pick
Genre:
Stoner rock
Sounds Like:
Los Natas, Truckfighters, Arenna
Sunday, December 09, 2018
The Chilean trio bring the fanatical fuzz in prime formula on their fifth release entitled Temaukel, the Spirit Before Time. A pseudo follow-up concept album to their previous release Tierra Del Feugo. The bi-lingual release features some very rich production and wildly meandering riffs. David Veliz is a very gifted man leading the charge on clear and distorted vocals, but more impressively some of the best psychedelic stoner fretwork you will hear.

Track Listing:
1. Sons of Black Sun (4:59)
2. Blues para Angela Loij (5:49)
3. Temaukel (8:20)
4. Psilocybeat (4:45)
5. Planeta Muerto (5:02)
6. Summer Hell (4:58)
7. Death as an Advisor (7:28)

Standout Track:
"Temaukel" title track is the backbone and actor of this album. While all tracks hold their own, "Temaukel" shines for its superb variety and insane fretwork. Veliz’s distortion both vocally and fuzz tonally are tremendous. Sanhueza and Quezada do a wonderful job with the deep undercurrents. The closer "Death as an Advisor" came up a short second with its whirlwind swirling guitar melodies…what a closer!

Adult Beverage Pairing:
Tubing Hoppiness IPA at 6% ABV brewed out of Valdivia de Paine, Chile features medium carbonation and low head retention but consistent pine and citric aroma and flavor. The hops will hit your taste buds nicely with medium bitterness. Low on the fruity which we like as a nice compliment to the aggressive fuzz that is Demonauta.

ROTATION RECAP:
Captivation and Variety
9.3 out of 11

Weight of the Heavy
8.9 out of 11

Vocal Prowess
9.4 out of 11

Fretwork Prowess
10.1 out of 11

Underlying Bass
8.9 out of 11

Percussion Prowess
9.0 out of 11

Overall Album Flow
9.5 out of 11

Contrast
9.2 out of 11

Album Cover Aesthetics
9.3 out of 11

Production Value
9.6 out of 11

Demonauta is:
David Veliz: Guitar/vocal
Miguel Quezada: Bass
Ale Sanhueza: Drums

Final Thoughts:
Demonauta have established themselves as one of the premier stoner rock bands and have steadily grown their fan base with each release. We are big fans and would not hesitate to throw these guys in our top 50 stoner rock bands of all time given their now serious to reckon with library.

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