Demilitia originated as the brainchild of Billy Maloney (rhythm guitar) and Owen Burley (lead guitar) in the winter of 2004 in snow-buried Buffalo, NY. Soon after choosing to relocate to Maloney’s hometown of Brooklyn, the duo teamed up with Chris O’Neil (drums), Jason Porsze (bass) and Ralph Ortiz (vocals) to create their own organic hybrid of heavy metal with a universal old school rock ’n roll attitude. Each member brings a completely different set of influences to the table, creating a mongrel breed of thrash, death metal, psychedelic and progressive rock, drawing inspiration from favorites like Mastodon, Lamb of God and Cannibal Corpse. The music and the live shows are focused on provoking a visceral and psychotropic experience within the audience.
Demilitia is all about performing live as often as possible and engaging the fans at every show with 100% energy and ferocity. Their music is intense, concentrated, groove-infused savagery composed with the intent of performance, and it is very apparent in the band’s breakneck live shows. A recent review of a Demilitia performance stated, “There are a handful of really good bands playing out on the NYC metal scene now and these guys are one of them... They blew through their set in full-on showmen mode… They obviously really love to play live and the crowd was totally into it, headbanging all around.”
The band has just released their first studio recording: a tightly woven, relentless six song self-titled EP, and want to spread it as far and wide as possible through touring, radio play and internet and magazine press.