Godless, the new album from Danish old school death metallers DEUS OTIOSUS is out now on Deepsend Records. The Danes’ sophomore effort (and first for Deepsend), Godless has been called “a very essential death metal album” by Brutalism.com.
Bravewords.com has posted a stream of “New Dawn” at this location.
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The band has issued a track-by-track commentary that gives an in-depth look on each of the songs on Godless. Read it below:
#1 “Snakes Of The Low”:
“Snakes Of The Low” was one of the last songs we finished for Godless. After the initial rehearsals of the song, we all agreed that this would be the obvious album opener. Its fast and aggressive death-thrash style drips with Nietzschean venom. Yet the song never reaches a pace that could give the wrong idea about the general feel of the album.
#2 “In Harm’s Way”:
The second song is kick-started by our new drummer, Jesper Olsen. “In Harm’s Way” is actually one of the oldest songs on the album, as it was originally written for my former band, Cerekloth, around 2009. But the song has seen a thorough reworking to fit the standards of the new album. Drum-arrangements, guitar harmonies, leads, vocal lines, breaks and the drum intro itself are all new. This mid-paced track is meant to point out that whether it’s death metal or rock n’ roll is immaterial, a good song is a good song.
#3 “New Dawn”:
Here Godless almost grinds down to a halt, as “New Dawn” shows the slow, heavy side of the album. As this tune slowly drags forward the image of a new world order is laid out. The heaviest tune on the Murderer album was called “Ashworld”, and where the old world burnt in this song, the foundations of a new one are laid in “New Dawn”.
#4 “Pest Grave”:
After “New Dawn”, “Pest Grave” is meant to shock start the heart once again, as the fastest, most raging song of the album so far kicks in. The chorus and pre-chorus to “Pest Grave” were actually among the first things ever written for Deus Otiosus, so the oldest parts are from 2005, while the majority of the song came later as we were writing the rest of Godless. In speed and catchiness “Pest Grave” mimics the black death itself as it spread across medieval Europe.
#5 “Surrounded By The Dead”:
“Surrounded By The Dead” is a continuation of the bands’ “The Dead”-series started on Murderer with “Thousand Arms Of The Dead”; or could even say by “Death Lives Again” on the demo by the same name. Like it’s predecessor “Surrounded By The Dead” shows more a more stylistically traditional approach to old school death metal, obviously accompanied by lyrics about supernatural, undead horror.
#6 “Cast From Heaven”:
Like “In Harm’s Way” this is one of the oldest songs on the album, originally written during my time in Church Bizarre around 2008 or so. I’ve always felt that “Cast From Heaven” was the best song I wrote during those days, so I’m glad to finally have it recorded in a good studio version. Once again the song has been heavily re-written and is minutes shorter than the original version. “Cast From Heaven” once again shows a new side of the album, as it takes off into more epic and melodic territory to accompany the Milton-inspired lyrics about the fall of the rebel angels.
#7 “Face The Enemy”:
From the melody of “Cast From Heaven” the album reverts right back into one of its most caveman-like moments with the opening riff of “Face The Enemy”. An aggressive, violent, up-tempo and straight forward song about stomping down your enemies.
#8 “Death Dance”:
If there is a standout track on Godless it is the closer, “Death Dance”. Once again the pulse slows down and the melody returns. But that is not all. The song is inspired about the artistic, medieval metaphor of ‘La Grande Danse Macabre’ or ‘Totentanz’; and not just lyrically. “Death Dance” is, as the title suggests, a twisted and morbid death-waltz.