DEUS OTIOSUS - Rise
August 18, 2014, a year ago
I just can’t get past that hideous name. I don’t know how to pronounce it, don’t know what it means and don’t care for it at all. But if it’s straight forward death/thrash metal you want, then Denmark’s Deus Otiosus is a safe bet. On its third full-length release, Rise, the band combines a bit of Mercyful Fate (mostly in their dark overtones and blazing solos), precise, powerful blasting of Bolt Thrower, Amon Amarth and Obituary, and a Scandinavian flavor of bands such as Unleashed, Dismember and Grave. The throaty growls of Anders Bo Rasmussen works well with this type of music, and drummer Jesper Olsen gets a good workout throughout the disc. From the viscous chugging of CD opener “Rising War,” to the tremolo-picked segments of “Iron Rule” and “Fall Of The West,” there’s a bit of everything an extreme metal fan can get on board with. They also sneak in some classic thrash riffing here and there, too (“Vultures,” “Iron Rule”). And how can you not totally dig the chorus on “Don’t Fuck With The Dead”? The nine tracks that grace the disc are a little on the longish side and the riffs aren’t the most original. However, even when the songs become a bit repetitive and monotonous, the transitional riffs and patterns save them. Although Deus Otiosus isn’t doing anything new within the genre, they are doing it with confidence and precision.