Denial Of God     

Death And The Beyond

Hells Headbangers 2012

I'll be honest, I have heard the name Denial Of God for a long time but have never really bothered to explore any of their musical offerings.  Based on their newest album I can say that I have been missing out.  After a beautiful piano and spoken word intro the first real track, Funeral, begins in earnest.  Slowly building, rhythmic swayings control the initial portion of the track as a subdued and nearly somber set of riffs and drums set the tone for the rest of the song.  A truly mournful lead surfaces and dominates the song.  One thing I notice regarding Denial Of God is that they understand the magic of riff repetition.  Once they find a central riff or structure that is captivating, they wield it for the duration of the song and this is a lesson I think a lot of bands could benefit from imitating.  Case in point, the next track, Behind The Coffin's Lid is a relentlessly repeated melodic riff that is so catchy and gripping that you could listen to a whole album of nothing but the main riff of this track.  The chorus slows the pace and seems to ponder on the tragedy of loss.  I am almost surprised when the song breaks into a single, fragile clean guitar and whispered vocals.  The momentum picks up once again in the form of denser instrumentation and emotion.  The Cursed Chamber echoes with the chilling ambience and ritualistic extolling of the gods of death only to shift dramatically into melodic riffing that gallops alongside dramatic blackened vocals.  Sorrowful, clean guitar and points of meaty guitar paint the song's innermost folds with a delicate mood.  Then we are treated to a moment of true majesty when a rotating melody bursts into a tempest of black metal speed.  However Bones To Dust takes a much more forlorn and doomier approach as the song ratchets back the speed to a crawl, interspersed with moments of flowing, clean guitar and whispered, coarse vocals.  The tempo finally increases around the 6 minute mark but we are still dwelling in the midtempo arena and the composition injects some nifty drum breaks and fiery guitar solos.  The consistent story telling that this album centers around brings to mind a black metal version of King Diamond.  My one complaint about this album is that it is a bit too long.  I feel exhausted by the time it finished.  However these Danes know how to write great riffs and Death And The Beyond showcases their penchant for penning captivating songs.  Denial Of God has been missing from my collection for far too long.  Do yourself a favor and don't make the same mistake that I did.