DENY THE URGE??? Hmmm, never heard of them! But this band is damn good, as I have to state after a short listening time already. The German five-piece is full of steam and delivers a rock hard slab of Death Metal in the vein of bands like IMMOLATION in “Subsequent Confrontation”. So we are dealing with a rather technical band that succeeds in sounding fresh and catchy nevertheless.
Above all DENY THE URGE move quite variedly within the borders of Death Metal. After the intro, which has turned out a bit too long for my taste, the band uses loads of blast beats, double bass assaults, neck break riffs and nasty guitar solos which are spread on the remaining 8 songs. At that especially the brutal grenades “The Awakening”, “Redemption” and “Sanctuary Denied” reveal themselves as true highlights. But except for “Lambs To The Slaughter”, which somehow seems somewhat clumsy, the remaining tunes are also great. As far as speed is concerned, they also act very variably.
The growls by vocalist Jens Fricke add an own touch to the whole thing and harmonize wonderfully with the damn low-tuned guitars. What I also find rather positive are the lyrics. DENY THE URGE don’t serve the death and devil waffle typical of the genre, but they present themselves as socially aware. If you read through the lyrics you will definitely find a clear relation to the reality on our planet. The sound of “Subsequent Confrontation” is alright, but it could be somewhat better respectively clearer. For a technically challenging band, the whole thing still sounds a bit raw.
You should definitely keep DENY THE URGE in mind and, best of course, listen to them. Death Metal fanatics that like it technically good (but not fuddling) can certainly make a great discovery with this band. As a comparison I’ll name the already above-mentioned IMMOLATION or also the Poles of VADER. Except for one black-out and the minor fault of the sound, you can’t complain about this disc. 9 points are quite appropriate and deserved here.
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