Gnostic was formed in 1997 by Obliterator and Necroghoul in San
The former had earlier left Thornspawn due to a conflict with his
band-mates. The act was soon joined by Lord Vistigium and Inferno and
chose to call its style brutal fucking war metal. The band immediately
recorded a demo entitled Vistigium De Monasterion. It opened for
Malevolent Creation, Jungle Rot, Cannibal Corpse and others.
In 1998 Gnostic recorded a demo called BloodWars Of Heretic Supremacy.
promo called Necrobliteration followed in 1999. The last two demos were
issued in CDR format through Goat Production in early 1999. A EP called
Necrodawn was promised, but did not materialize due to the bankruptcy
Goat Production. Instead the Texans signed to Realm Of Darkness for a
four-way split-CD called Lead Us Into War And Final Glory. The label
intended to release Gnostic's CD next, but succumbed to bankruptcy. In
the meanwhile, Rancor Records was contracted to rerelease the band's
early demos. The band instead signed to the French Ordealis label for
two albums - after issuing the band's vinyl - and issued its album
through its new deal in early 2004.
GNOSTIC - EVOKING THE DEMON - ORDEALIS
There comes a time in the brutality sweepstakes when too much rawness and crudeness is, well, too much. Evoking The Demon, with its played-live-on-a-four-track-recorder sound, is simply offensive. The cacophony and savagery on this disc makes Bestial Warlust seem positively serene in comparison, but that is not a good thing in this case. Apart from the bad sound, Gnostic has banal riffs, suspect drumming and silly samples lifted off Hollywood movies. Come on now, guys! A CD like this can help one achieve many goals (ditch a girlfriend who has overstayed her welcome, coerce the live-in maid into divorce, get one fired from the miserable torture someone called a job, etc.), but on a musical level this is plain terrible. - Ali "The Metallian"