Blynd: Punishment Unfolds

It seems extreme metal has saved its very best releases for the dying weeks of the year, the likes of Nidingr, Deus Otiosus, and Aeons each releasing colossal albums which are pushing limits, imagination, and most of all passions to immense heights. Adding their own titanic and inventive weight to the list if Cyprus metallers Blynd with their deeply impressive album Punishment Unfolds. Released though Pitch Black Records, the album is a fury of death, groove, and thrash metal which incites a riot in the heart and unbridled rapture in the senses and vice versa.

Formed in 2003, the Nicosia based quartet of bassist and vocalist Andreas, guitarists Dino and George, and drummer Alex, has slowly but firmly gathered a strong and ardent fanbase within a growing wash of acclaim through their impressive sound across firstly their duo of EPs and 2010 debut album The Enemy, as well as live performances alongside the likes of Sodom, Children Of Bodom, Rotting Christ, Sepultura, and Septic Flesh and a triumphant appearance at the 2012 Bloodstock Festival. Punishment Unfolds steps forward with all the aural armoury, sharp imagination, and aggressive intent to thrust Blynd to the top tier of extreme noise makers and bring a wider and hungrier recognition their way. Featuring guest appearances from Sakis Tolis (Rotting Christ) and George Charalambous (Winter’s Verge), the album also sets up the full spark of anticipation for their part in the Creatures From the Black Abyss Tour 2012, alongside Cradle Of Filth, God Seed and Rotting Christ, starting November 27th.

The opening instrumental Divine Gathering gives no real warning of the storm to follow though the brewing symphonic grace and thrilling rise of intensity does offer an epic atmospheric feel and climactic confrontation as its grand arms expand to wrap firmly around the ear.  It soon makes way for the rampaging Arrival of the Gods with its gnawing riffs and caustic breath of squalling vocals and scarring sonics. The harsh rub fires up the senses as fully as the greedy urgency of the song leaves them breathless, whilst the impressive melodic scorching from the guitars is a feisty encounter which pushes the song to greater heights.

The immense start is left ‘floundering’ in the wake of As Punishment Unfolds, a track which steals top honours and takes the contagion of the album to its highest pinnacle. From a start of thumping incendiary drums against the serpentine vocal lesions, the song spawns a groove which incites the strongest infection and a brawling seduction of riffs and beats to ignite primal passion. The mesmeric swarming which overwhelms the ear is delicious whilst the interchanging intensity and energies just provoke insatiable lust for more. As with the previous song the guitars produce melodic flames to stretch the track excellently around the crushing framework of antagonistic rhythms and raptorial vocals.

Following tracks such as Never for the Fallen with its carnivorous riffs and sonic greed, the challenging and glorious The Chosen Few, and Convicted in the Devil’s Land, further the pleasure with stunning enterprise and power. The second of the three is a turbulent journey of abrasive invention and unpredictable breaks wrapped in magnetic melodic ingenuity and heart. It is a masterful soundscape which can only lead to a full and potent devotion to its explosive imagination. The last of the trio is an intimidating predator with impacting sinews and a rabid intensity to leave one cowering whilst loving every second of its muscular threat.

Right through to its end Punishment Unfolds is sensational, from the outstanding Sins to the Cross with a progressive groove as wanton as it is insidious, across the snarling yet heated and irresistible presences of The Final Resistance and Divine Conspiracy, through to the closing feast of invention that is Infinity Race, it transfixes, erodes, and thrills senses, thoughts, and heart with accomplished and inventive ease.

Blynd before Punishment Unfolds may have been an unknown underground force for a great many but with its release and impressive content, the amazing album is set to change that stature one suspects and hopes. It would be a deserved outcome for a greatly pleasing and stirring gift from the band.

www.blyndmetal.com

RingMaster 20/11/2012

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Deus Otiosus: Godless

With the world wide release of their debut album Murderer last year, Danish death metallers Deus Otiosus left one of the biggest impressions and most rewarding confrontations of 2011, their old school inspired yet strikingly inventive sounds firing up the passions whilst marking the band as one of the most refreshing and promising emerging forces within extreme metal. The quintet from Copenhagen now returns with second album Godless, a release which actually puts its impressive predecessor in the shade whilst revealing the band as an even mightier and creative proposition. The new album is a colossal beast of imagination and aggressive engagement, a record bulging with incendiary sonics and melodic enterprise alongside thunderous riffs and debilitating grooves.

Started by vocalist Anders Bo Rasmussen and guitarist Henrik Engkjær in 2005, Deus Otiosus grabbed positive attention with their 2007 demo Death Lives Again and a split release with Hideous Invasion two years later, but it was with the release of Murderer in South America in 2010 and especially its world release via FDA Rekotz the next year, that the band ignited an intense positivity and acclaim towards their uncompromising aural attack. Godless takes everything to a new level, the songwriting, imaginative enterprise, and the intrusive thrilling sounds. Out through Deepsend Records, the album unleashes eight brutal tracks which numb and invigorate which equal success. Themed by the premise of the world devoid of gods or presences to guide the human race thus leaving it ‘to fend for itself like feral children’, the album is a crashing expanse of old school death metal skewered with veins of thrash and black metal and loud melodic whispers.

As soon as the opener Snakes of the Low thunders in with merciless rhythms, driving riffs, and an acute twisting groove, there is an immediate sense of the growth from previous releases, the immense start that strong and impactful. The guitars of Henrik Engkjær and Peter Engkjær rage with a furnace of sonic manipulations and bone crushing intensity whilst bassist Jesper Holst roams with a rabid hunger to his lines. The staggering onslaught leaves one breathless with the drums of new drummer Jesper Olsen leading the assault with unbridled energy and stunning craft. The result is a contagion which swamps the senses and ignites the passions whilst with the inciting heavy guttural tones of Rasmussen leaves thoughts open to the darkest shadows.

Off to a towering start the album steps up another level with the excellent In Harm’s Way. Starting with a catchy tease of drums the track strolls with an incessant breath of anthemic unity and pulsating resonating energy. Riffs and rhythms hold a constant urgent charge whilst the vocals snarl at the ear with a malevolent hunger whilst the sonic scorching lights up the song with caustic flames of invention. It is an insatiable riot setting up a strong and pleasing contrast to its successor, the doom clad prowling beast New Dawn.  Oppressive with an intensity which looms over the senses without quite devouring them, the track crowds the ear with its weighty presence to allow its restrained but ever shifting twists of ideas to open a stream of great satisfaction.

Throughout Godless is unrelenting in offering irresistible invention and fiery imagination, further tracks such as the astringent and ravenous Pest Grave as well as Cast From Heaven with its burning abrasive consumption of the synapses and the openly infectious Face The Enemy leaving awe struck ardour and unbridled enthusiasm in their wake. The latter of the three is a maelstrom of multi-faceted sounds and invention which flow and tease as if borne from the same original seed of inspiration.

Closing on the delicious irreverent waltz of Death Dance, an apocalyptic beauty in sound and atmosphere, the album is just outstanding and a release which easily rivals the best extreme genre releases this year. If bands like Obituary, Autopsy, Entombed, and Sepultura raise your temperature, than Deus Otiosus and Godless will break you out in an eager sweat.

http://www.deus-otiosus.com

RingMaster 19/11/2012

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Deus Otiosus – Murderer

The opening guttural regurgitations of vocalist Anders Bo Rasmussen from Danish band Deus Otiosus that sets up their debut album instils the anticipation of more of the hellish dark pit death metal that has been coming strongly from everywhere this year, black sounds to pummel and destroy senses. An assumption that is totally borne out but Murderer contains so much more, to belie a little their self labelling of being an old school death metal band. They certainly do strike with the essences of and flavours of bands like Deicide, Obituary, and Morbid Angel but infused is an infectious groove and funky grind that is almost at odds with the dark and challenging themes plus plenty of unrelenting thrash energy. As the tracks unleash their striking sounds the revitalising of a genre’s origins with modern engagement and thought is unveiled, making an album that far exceeds expectations and initial visions of its content.

Formed in 2005 Deus Otiosus by Rasmussen and guitarist Henrik Engkjær the band has already made ripples with their 2007 demo Death Lives Again and split release with Hideous Invasion in 2009. Murderer though is a fully loaded dark presence that breaks down the senses whilst teasing and intriguing the inner addiction for siren hooks and inciting melodies. With a line-up completed by bassist Jens Nepper and Søren Bentsen on drums for the release by American Line Productions and FDA Rekotz, Deus Otiosus brutally decimates all sense and feeling with eight tracks of undeniable quality, viciousness and simply impressive music. 

The first two songs convince and win over any doubters from their opening assault, both are majestic and even if the rest of the release was as suspect as Lady Gaga’s sexuality which wonderfully it is not, Murderer would have had an uncompromising thumbs up. Opener ‘I Have Seen Him Slay’ is a rampant excitable mosh of rapid fire drums, beckoning riffs and a groove that strokes with perverted intent as the song strips flesh away. It is hard not to smile at the lighter guitars that trip through the release teasing behind the wall of aggression. The song as all subsequent ones do, show the band are skilled and expressive musicians and the guitars especially satisfy every aspect of enjoyment.

Thousand Arms of the Dead’ ups the stakes even higher from its impressive predecessor erupting on a Misfits like intro before lining ferocious riffs and intensity from the depths of their black hearts with dazzling guitar detours and bass lines that weaken the knees. The track and the whole album is an angry and blackened attitude fuelled release, its intent verging on the demonic but there is always that intriguing element veining the attack like an aural wink that makes one feel there is s definite mischievous side to the band.

Because of the quality of the first two songs there is a slight drop in levels though the belligerent and thrusting ‘Ye Pigs of Little Faith’ certainly gives them a run for their money. This is not a negative just evidence of the greatness of those songs and as a release Murderer only satisfies deeply. Production at times could have been stronger as at times the distinctiveness of the bass and drums is overwhelmed within the power the band drive with, but apart from that the album is never less than gratifying.

It has taken a fair while for Deus Otiosus to reach this moment and for their music to be heard on a dedicated release but it was worth the wait and the anticipation of what is ahead from the band comes with much more eagerness.

RingMaster 22/10/2011

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