Monday, June 23, 2014

Album Review: "Rise" by Deus Otiosus

It's time for another review of death metal, but this is "outlaw" death metal, and honestly I'm not entirely certain I know what that means.

The pertinent information....

Deus Otiosus have been around the block a few times. They originally formed in 2005 in Denmark.

The current offering is their third full length album and they have released some other discs, live and EPs.

They hail from Copenhagen, Denmark. I believe that Copenhagen must be a very metal city, because it spawned Lars Ulrich and the incomparable, King Diamond. There certainly must be others, but in terms of notoriety, it's really hard to top those two.

I suppose that sums up Deus Otiosus
Again, let's point out that this band refers to themselves as Outlaw Death Metal...this is the second outlaw music I've reviewed lately...

The album starts off thick and throaty, precisely the way that death metal should.

The guitars are full and gravelly. It's an old school tone. The modern day Peavey 5150 ultra high gain is nowhere to be found here. These guitars are buzzsaws that could take down a redwood tree.

The music is slow, for death metal, and mid tempo for most music. Instead of blistering speeds, we are assaulted with thundering logs falling to the ground. The music itself, is almost not like death metal at all. Much like, Master, there are little tails at the end of the riffs when the vocals finish, like rock music.

There are solos all over the place, but if you're looking for hyper shredding, it's frankly not here and nor is it missed! The slower solos fit perfectly and they're played with power and precision.

The strength of this music is its greatest attribute. This is a great album to get people more interested into extreme metal without completely turning them off with bands like Cannibal Corpse or Napalm Death.

Release: 6/10/14
Genre: Metal, Death Metal
Label: Deepsend Records
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