The comeback of Black Horror Metal.
Denial of God is a name that has gained some relevance as of late. Black metal acts as they are, they are getting better and better, albeit this doesn’t translate in a better sound (like in the big guns as Dark Funeral or Watain for exemple). They remain organic and true to the underground.
That said this is an EP (they seem to have a fetish for EP’s) comprising of 4 tracks
The title track opens the opus: an epic track of some 9 minutes or so, this song has lots of variations of phrases and/or tempos. It takes sometime to fully understand it, and that is what it makes the song charming. Only one phrase repeats itself (with variations in between) and the final is a continuous binge of crescendo: first a bass, than a guitar riff over, than explosive drumming and finally vocals, those added to the end of the track.
Second track called The Statues are Watching is the fastest and best track of all EP: the attack here is relentless and put one’s hears on notice. Variating between what I call a back metal blastbeat (you know, the Norwegian kind) and syncopated drumming through a dramatic sound a la Bathory’s Twilight of the Gods (yes the track is THAT CRAZY), this track can reach all senses in less than 6 minutes of perfect sound. Wow!
Third track is a Bathory cover, Call from The Grave which is very alike to the original. Great thing is that in this musical context is doesn’t sound like a filler.
Last track Mama Loi, papa Loi, is an Exuma cover, very dark metal rather than outright black metal. Good thing is that it doesn’t lose its relevance to the opus.
The Shapeless Mass as all other DOG works, counts as a full length. Maybe because they don’t have that amount of full lengths so anything new should be treated as such. Another great release.
The Shapeless Mass IS OUT next Friday on Osmose Productions / Hells Headbangers
(Daniel “Roderick Totentanz” Death)