Osmose Productions&Hells Headbangers, 28.06.19 Denial of God is a Danish black metal band showcasing perseverance and durability. With a history stretching back to 1991, they appear to be the most long-lived of all Danish black metal band.
The brothers Ustumallagam (The Rite) and Azter (ex-Apollyon, ex-Victimizer) have endured these years, along with different bassists and drummers involved. Main composer Azter handles guitar, and bass when needed, while Ustumallagam crank out distorted vocals.
Since 2005, Galheim (Blodarv, ex-Ad Noctum et al.) has been a permanent fixture behind the drum kit.
Throughout their first 15 years, the band released just under a dozen demos, EPs and splits, with highly varying quality. In 2006, their first album, The Horrors of Satan, came out, before a new era of short releases took over. The Shapeless Mass is the band's first release after album number two, Death and the Beyond (2012). An album that by the way seems to break with the band's tradition of incorporating title songs.
The black metal the Danish lads performs, has typically played on both melody and ghostly moods in addition to the genre's more aggressive hallmarks. As the press release so aptly state, Denial of God perform black horror metal rather than pure black metal. The guys also incorporate structures that gives each song more depth, making them a bit more exciting than the genre's share of less varied songs. Theis EP doesn't consists of the most profound compositions, however, even though the material is more than decent enough.
The first song is called The Shapeless Mass, and is taken from the band's upcoming album The Hallow Mass. This tells the legend of the Golem of Prague. Subsequent The Statues Are Watching, is a remake of the song by the same name from the band's first EP, released in 1995. With much better sound, it clearly comes more into its own in this newly restored and reinforced version.
Finally, we find two cover songs. First out, Bathory's song Call From the Grave, which there's so many cover versions of that it's getting old. This one is followed by a far less obvious, and therefore more exciting choice. Mama Loi, Papa Loi is a song by a Bahamian musician named Exuma. In its original form, the song is a form of Afro-Caribbean music, or calypso/folk/reggae, if you will. Of course, Denial of God transforms it into their own unmistakable style.