DENY THE URGE - Blackbox Of Human Sorrow

Deny The Urge - Blackbox Of Human Sorrow

11 songs
36:07 minutes
***** ***


Many years ago, back in the old millennium, before this website even existed, we made a paper fanzine and used to review also other fanzines, like the German Underground Crossection (G.U.C.). They have still stayed true to their paper roots but have also founded a label on which they release occasionally bands they really like. Until now, what I heard of them was always quite good but somehow lacked the certain something that would elevate them to the top league. Deny The Urge from Lower Saxony must then still be a well kept secret, because the four Germans unleash a brutal death metal onslaught on their second album that leaves me more than once speechless. You wouldn’t expect this, considering the relatively unspectacular cover artwork.

A real string quartet starts the album with the intro Preludium, which is followed by Isolation, a track that continues the melody started by the strings. From here on, it’s fast and technical death metal in the best East Coast tradition of the USA. Take Cannibal Corpse, Nile and Deicide, but subtract the gory lyrics and add instead a social conscience. Death metal bands with such lyrics are hard to find, although they could sometimes express themselves more concisely and I don’t always agree with what they say. Father Of All for instance claims that sometimes wars are necessary to allow for better times to follow. Mmmh, try telling that to the families of war victims…

Apart from that, it is of course laudable that Deny The Urge stay clear of lyrical clichés. They are also very proficient on their instruments, their technical finesse never smells of showing off, and even if they lack a certain originality, they are excellent at what they do. The album contains two more string pieces, so that we are actually left with only eight real songs that amount to about thirty-two minutes. It would have been interesting to integrate the strings into the songwriting, and come up with two or three more regular songs. But in the end, Blackbox Of Human Sorrow is not only a very good record, but also better than most what the hip metal labels are signing these days. Fans of technical death metal are in for a treat!

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