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My little boy is so special - 4%

small_cat, April 14th, 2011

Everyone thinks their kids are special. Rarely will you meet a monther who tells you how boring her child is. The members of this band have this proud mother syndrome that is manifest in deluded women the world over. If you have ever read a Denial of God interview and never listened to the music, you'd be under the impression that they're pretty unique, and judging by their angst teen responses to most questions, you'd think they've recorded something pretty special.

So, let's give you the music. This band claims major musical influence from bands like Infernal Majesty and Death SS. I understand this, because they seem somewhat obsessed with the horror image and they'd want to be as undeniably cool as Death SS, Genocide, etc. Unfortunately, the end product will make you cringe in the same way you do when you see a deluded white person dressed like a negro. Despite what they think, this band musically and structurally resemble Swedish black metal bands like Dark Funeral and Throne of Ahaz (though this band is far less interesting than the latter). They have covered Mayhem in the past, but don't let that fool you, Mayhem on 'De Mysteriis..' were structually brilliant and never resorted to retarded attempts at arena friendly breakdowns (the music and vocal phrasing at the 4 minute mark of 'Curse of the Witch' sounds like a black metal/rap hybrid).

As for Death SS influence, sure, the artwork looks like something Death SS might have used, and I'm sure the members of this band try and hold some underground credibility by displaying and making constant reference to interesting bands they'll never understand but collect fanatically. No Infernal Majesty influence here at all either, again, only in the image (or the image DoG were attempting, again, see aforementioned whigger reasoning).

Vocals here are standard black metal fare, not unlike what you'd hear on any generic black metal album, and the phrasing is boring to match. Riffs are lifted from thousands of black metal songs you've heard before, creating a collage of unoriginal black metal with silly breakdowns that interupt any semble at atmosphere this band edge towards. Drumming is virtually always Norsecore/Swedish in nature, not much else to write there. Lyrics could be lifted from any 80s metal band that had a horror theme, take your pick.

This band exemplify the problem with black metal - too many bold statements coming from sheep. This band are under the impression that they are worthy of being separated from other generic bands because of early formation, but Throne of Ahaz had a demo out in 1992 aswell. This band littered the place with singles and EPs but even those were too little, too late, because bands like Burzum and Mayhem deemed these bands irrelevant in the early 90s and bands like Portal (true horror masters, not cliche Misfits fanboys) are making this band irrelevant today. This band talk a lot, collect a lot of Misfits action figures, claim a lot of influence from far superior bands, but it's all style over substance. The only thing that seperates this band from Dark Funeral etc is the fact that those bands got rich playing boring music.

If you want the style of horror this band claim (and fail at), go and dig up some Paul Chain, Death SS, Ripper, Black Hole, etc. If you want an active band playing truly horrific music, check out Portal. If you want to hear good music, listen to the bands this band claims to be influenced by. If you want to listened to Danish bands playing good music, listened to Artillery, Mercyful Fate, Samhain/Desexult. The currently active Sadomator is FAR more interesting and convincing than Denial of God, and Sadomator never made any claim to be a cut above the rest. This album is heavy, literally, it's a double LP, and that's the only way it's heavy, and I'm even more pissed off that I lost so much postage money.

4/100 (the 4 points are awarded because I'm currently listening to Infernal Majesty and I'm in a good mood)