DEUS OTIOSUS
Death Metal • Denmark

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Deus Otiosus is a Danish death metal act from Copenhagen.
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.. Album Cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Murderer
Death Metal 2010
.. Album Cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Godless
Death Metal 2012
.. Album Cover 4.75 | 2 ratings
Rise
Death Metal 2014

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Death Lives Again / Combat Grind
Death Metal 2009

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Too Maimed to Use: Live in Svendborg
Death Metal 2010

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Death Lives Again
Death Metal 2007

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DEUS OTIOSUS Rise

Album · 2014 · Death Metal
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Don't fuck with the dead...

Genre: death metal

Having more than survived the perils of releasing a sophomore album in the form of 2012's "Godless", the Danish death metal act recently released their third full-length album "Rise".

If "Godless" was a death metal masterpiece, then we need a word for something that's even better than a masterpiece. On "Godless", Deus Otiosus went back to the roots of death metal, shaving away anything that resembled contemporary death metal cheese, and started molding the core of death metal proper into something truly amazing. On "Rise", the Danish deathsters take their music to an even higher level. The listener is treated to old school death metal riffs, and this album has a stronger thrashy edge than the predecessor, which works brilliantly. Intertwined with these death-thrash elements are occasional blastbeats. Unlike many other extreme death metal acts, Deus Otiosus do not overuse blastbeats, so every single grindcore-oriented passage hits you like a bullet train. What is more, they are not afraid to inject a bit of melody into their onslaught of death metal madness, as heard in 'Fall of the West'.

Apart from their mastery of old school aesthetics, Deus Otiosus understand the power of the riff and they are not only excellent riffsmiths but also excellent songwriters, and the musicianship is top notch. The production is unpolished, but not lo-fi and suits the music very well.

"Rise" is another bull's eye from Deus Otiosus, and, frankly, this is one of the best death metal releases I have ever heard.

DEUS OTIOSUS Rise

Album · 2014 · Death Metal
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As a reviewer, I like cover a variety of different metal genres, but I think every reviewer probably has a few areas they're less comfortable reviewing in. The death metal genre, with the exception of the technical and progressive kinds, is one of mine. Not because I don't enjoy the genre, but because I find that a lot of the artist's music tends to blur together pretty quickly, making it hard to tell one artist from another. I find it rare to find anything that really stands out enough in either a positive or a negative light in order to write much about it. Rise (2014), which is the third full-length album by Danish death metal act Deus Otiosus, is therefore a nice surprise, being instantly attention grabbing and memorable. Not descriptions I can apply to most death metal releases I (try to) cover.

Stylistically Rise is death metal with an occasionally overt thrashy edge to it, as in a track like Iron Rule. The production is neither overly raw or given too much modern polish which allows the details of the riffs to stand out without losing any grit along the way. The vocals tend to veer between being easy to discern the lyrics and not, which is a small issue as it does make some songs stand out over others, but I don't think that Deus Otiosus have any weak tracks on their hands here. The songs generally stick with me long after the release has come to an end, especially ones like the opening Rising War, Walk The Shadows and my personal favourites Don't Fuck with the Dead and Fall of the West, the latter of which I think is actually quite an epic sounding track.

While bands like Deus Otiosus don't really offer up anything to break any moulds, they prove that they know what they're doing and have produced a strong album made up of plenty of interesting and well played riffs that instantly makes the band stand out from the crowd of other death metal acts, especially the ones that pointedly try to be old school. In short, Rise is some really excellent and highly recommended stuff. 4.5 Stars.

89/100

(Originally written for Heavy Metal Haven: http://metaltube.freeforums.org/deus-otiosus-rise-t3661.html)

DEUS OTIOSUS Godless

Album · 2012 · Death Metal
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Cast from heaven...

Genre: old school death metal

They say that the second album is always difficult and that it is rarely as good as the debut. Well, I gotta tell you that the Danish death metal act Deus Otiosus did not have this problem, as their second album "Godless" is much better than their debut (and their debut was very good).

If you have read our interview with the band, you know that they are an old school death metal band, and old school death metal is what you get here. And not just old school death metal but fucking awesome old school death metal performed by skilled musicians who know exactly what they want. "Godless" strikes me as being considerably more thrash-oriented than their debut (the opening track "Snakes of the Low" is an all out death-thrash attack), as Deus Otiosus successfully make a snapshot of what death metal sounded like in its very early days back when it was in the transition from thrash metal into becoming death metal. Thus is one of the aspects that I really like about this album, and fans of very early death metal acts like Obituary, Necrophagia, and Sepultura are bound to love this album.

But Deus Otiosus are more than just a retro band, as the production is totally up-to-date and, in addition to a couple of modern elements such as blastbeats, the Danes are not afraid to incorporate elements from other extreme metal genres into their overall sound. Thus 'Snakes of the Low' features some quite black metal-oriented elements that pop up side-by-side with old school death and thrash riffage (this also applies to 'Pest Grave' although this one is more of a blend of Stockholm-oriented death metal and speed metal). 'In Harms Way' is another almost thrashy death metal track which has the same sort of marching drive as Cianide's 'Curse of the Dead'. 'Surrounded by the Dead' and the waltzy and almost strangely psyhedelic 'Death Dance' (which is probably the most original track on the album) belong in the heavier department, and, although fundamentally uptempo, 'Face the Enemy' features a couple of heavy grooves, too, while 'Cast from Heaven' features some melodic blackened-death oriented guitar figures some of which even have a strange kind of neoclassical feel to them.

Listening to the album, there can be no doubt that the five musicians are very experienced, and the crisp production should appeal to fans of more modern metal. This does not mean that the album sounds sterile at all - the more organic feel that characterized many early death metal releases has also found its way onto this album.

Old school death metal taken in a direction towards originality, Deus Otiosus' sophomore album should appeal to fans of death metal the way it sounded in its very early days, but those who like modern day old school metal to be more than just retro should definitely also find this album very attractive.

In short, Deus Otiosus' "Godless" is a treat for any fan of old school death metal.

DEUS OTIOSUS Murderer

Album · 2010 · Death Metal
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Wall of violence...

Genre: old school death metal

Old school death metal lives! Just check out Deus Otiosus' "Murderer", which is so authentically old school that, had it not been for the refined production and the tight playing, you would be forgiven for mistaking it for an early 90s death metal release.

Shunning the down-tuned guitars, blastbeats and technicalities of modern death metal Deus Otiosus focus on extremely strong riffs, which at times are even death-thrashy, and primitive brutality. Mission accomplished. Virtually all tracks are aggressive and captivating in the sense that they instill an urge to headbang like a madman while playing air guitar. A lot of the tracks are generally uptempo with some heavy passages (and some tracks, like 'Ash World', are more on the heavy side), and Deus Otiosus have managed to capture the spirit and aggression of the death metal bands of the Stockholm-based scene of the early 90s.

The difference between this release and early death metal releases is that the production on "Murderer" is up-to-date and crisp, and Deus Otiosus are much more precise and less sloppy (well, they're not sloppy at all) than many first generation death metal musicians were.

Fans of old school death metal and death-thrash should definitely check this magnificent old school death metal release.

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