Remember the late 90’s and early 2000’s? Metal was slowly finding itself again from all that nü-ness to get things back to their heavier selves, and in that time frame brought with it some questionable band-naming conventions. The biggest of which, The Three-Word Sentence™, proliferated the underground like locusts. Verb the Noun, Verbing the Noun, Noun Will/Shall Verb, and of course, bands with ridiculously long names that would make Fiona Apple proud ruled the underground roost. What most of them had in common were claims of being death metal, yet not being anywhere near that league. So when I happened upon As Darkness Falls, the third album by German trio Deny The Urge, the hairs on my back stood up, my eyes squinted in curiosity, and I braced myself for the worse. Is this death metal, or is this “death metal”?

You can do away with the quotations, as this is full-on death metal with some serious kick. After a quick intro, the title track opens with a monster of a riff that sounds distinctly Floridian mixed with a little Vader action. Speaking of the Polish death gods, Deny The Urge scored their drummer, James Stewart, who blasts and grooves with murderous intent. His precision and speed match the riffs by guitarists Henrik Osterloh and Max Hunger, recalling times when the mere mention of Morbid Angel didn’t make me cry. At a tight three minutes, the song goes in, obliterates, and leaves destruction in its wake without overstaying its welcome. Like Colombia’s strongest and blackest coffee, this shit will wake you the fuck up in no time.

Thankfully, that intensity and horn-throwing goodness permeates the remainder of As Darkness Falls. “Altar of Addiction” blasts with the intensity of Deicide, and features a sweet lead by Osterloh. “On The Surface,” the album’s longest song at just a hair over seven minutes, doesn’t feel as such, thanks to some good tempo change-ups, a tight groove that would rival mid-era Hypocrisy, and Osterloh’s varied growling throughout the song. Elsewhere, “Voices” goes for the throat, only offering respite, once again, during the solos. It’s during those moments where Deny The Urge shine the brightest, like the sun’s about to go supernova on your sorry ass.


With that intensity comes caveats. Musically, As Darkness Falls aims to obliterate your eardrums with tight riffing and blasting speed. The Jost Schlüter production, however, obliterates your eardrums with compression and loudness. Hunger’s bass work takes a big hit, only popping up here and there. Also, a creeping sense of familiarity hovers over the album, as some tracks feel like they’re bleeding into each other (such as from the title track to the follow-up, “Loophole”). And although the album is a paltry 47 minutes, you could have gotten rid of two of the three instrumental interludes (“The Processing” kicks ass, though) and it could have strengthened the album’s second half considerably.

While researching the album, I discovered that Osterloh and Hunger put Deny The Urge in suspended animation in 2011 after a variety of line-up changes. I’m glad that they decided to give it another go, because As Darkness Falls flails and carves like a beast enraged. It may not be a new sound, but it’s vicious, unrelenting, and most certainly welcome. Three-word band names be damned, give this one a listen.

 


Rating: 3.0/5.0
DR: 6 | Format Reviewed: 320 kbps mp3
Label: German Underground Crossection
Website: facebook.com/denytheurgeofficial
Releases Worldwide: August 1st, 2017

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  • Marcovandamage

    Another exceptionally tremendous review grymm, have you thought about writing for metal temple or metal wani or metal crypt or metal sucks etc etc…….

    • El_Cuervo

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          • Monsterth Goatom

            Ah!

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          • Monsterth Goatom
          • There it is!

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          • We operate out of Costa Rica and they recognize no copyright or trademark laws.

          • Monsterth Goatom

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            Is it just me or does that llama seem to be wearing corpsepaint?

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            Seems to be working!

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            That’s how they manage me too.

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          • Monsterth Goatom

            Thank you for the quick response.

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      • Nukenado

        I went to the WIntersun Microhotel trip that you guys advertised, but ended up in the Saor Scottish pride revival one-week-trip. I’m now cold, battered, and lost two fingers in a swordfight. Can I get compensation?

        • Yes, just mail us the fingers as proof of purchase.

          • Nukenado

            Ah, sweet! Thank you, AMG Industries!

          • El_Cuervo

            I can’t even tell if you mean battered in the food sense or the drunk sense.

          • Nukenado

            The physical sense.

          • Isn’t the concept of being battered drunk somewhat exclusive to the UK though, and likely to confuse non-Brits?

          • El_Cuervo

            Yes. But I think a lot of non-Brits also don’t realise that Scotland is known for battered shit (in the food sense). so I figured he was probably a Brit.

          • Nukenado

            I’m a dirty Chinese immigrant… So I wasn’t really aware of the drinking “battering”. I did know about the crazy food the Scots came up with due to some random browsing on questionable ethnic recipes on Wikipedia, but it wasn’t the first thing that came to mind.

            I blame Scottish pride and Scottish revival people for not making folk metal songs about high calorie foods.

          • Nag Dammit

            He means in the deep fried Mars bar sense.

          • Nukenado

            That’s physical battering of your pancreatic islets.

          • Nag Dammit

            Have a deep fried pizza as an entree and you’ll have an after dinner aneurysm. I’ve heard they’re good for the digestion.

    • Name’s Dalton

      Skewer the Reviewer

  • John Mosley

    The band name emblem… thought it said Dental Lube for a moment.

    • Name’s Dalton

      Lube the Dentist!

    • Monsterth Goatom

      I read it differently. “I’ve got that Dentyne Urge!”

  • Brutalist_Receptacle
    • So brvtal.

    • Grymm

      The Urge. It’s REAL.

    • Westpaceagle

      I will not deny the urge

  • Mollusc

    As darkness falls the progeny of celebrity’s heads in jars from Futurama and Spinal Tap stage props sit atop their plinths and consider how much they hate bath time.

  • drug_genosh

    Do they only have the one song up? That’s all I can seem to find-no band camp? More like “Deny the listener a chance to listen to our music”..little wordy though.

    • Grymm

      Not as wordy as the major-key uplifting metalcore band I had after college named Love Will Write Happy Birthday Sweetie Will You Marry Me Across The Carvel Ice Cream Cake (or LWWHBSWYMMATCICC for short).

      Also, they don’t have a Bandcamp page.

      • Drew Music

        You just described The Antigrymm, did it hurt a little to commit that imagery to words?

        • Grymm

          …a little.

    • Jeebus

      Wow..Jew much???

      • drug_genosh

        Huh? Is this for me? Wanting to hear more songs before I BUY it deserves that response? Am I missing something? Get out of here you goober

  • Eli Valcik

    3/50? Damn this album must suck.

    • Grymm

      WHOOOPS. Lemme fix that… (and thank you)

      • Eli Valcik

        It’s no problem, ilove this site. Just helping out, I feel like I owe you that much

        • Grymm

          We definitely appreciate it AND you!

          • Eli Valcik

            Thank you. NOW GIVE ME A WINDIR REVIEW!!!

          • Wilhelm

            Windir <3

          • Eli Valcik

            My favorite band.

  • Westpaceagle

    -.5 for not using a real pentagram

  • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

    Finally a Death Metal band named after what mothers tell their teenage daughters to do when they want to have sex.

  • Gage

    Still waiting on Temple of Void – Lords of Death…

    • Apple Tree

      Id give it a 3.5. When that album is good, its really groovy and awesome, but at points it drags on. Another thing it messed up is song transitions. The transition from “An ominous journey” to “the gift” was horrible.

      • Eli Valcik

        I’m giving it a 4.0 partly because Of Terror and the Supernatural won over my soul with it’s 5/5 performance and has made me a huge TOV fanboy.

      • Gage

        I agree with that assessment. The “filler” tracks really feel like filler and I wish they had done 8 full length songs to stretch out the album’s run time. None of the songs come close to matching “Wretched Banquet,” even though “The Gift” is pretty great. “A Watery Internment” has a riff that I swear is stolen straight from Bolt Thrower but maybe that is just me. All that aside, I absolutely love the production and the vocals. It started as a 4/5 but after more listens its a 3.5/5 for me.

    • Jibbuts

      Got that vinyl on friday

  • Carlos Marrickvillian

    Deny the Urge – Spare the Tissues, Save the Forests!!!

  • Malhorne

    Was listening to Vader before listening to the embedded track. Well it was like the perfect follow-up.
    I might give this album a try!

  • wayne the devil

    This is a pretty good album. It’s been a fairly good year thus far for Death Metal….Gravesite has a pretty good one out there as well. Cold Blooded’s Throneburner is worth a spin…the new Scalpel….and I also will give a horns up to TOV’s album which is cool as well…lots of good stuff.

  • herrschobel

    there is something in the growling that tells me these guys are actually nice people with a full time job as kindergarten teachers somewhere in pretty Bavaria…

  • Drew Music

    I choose not to remember the aforementioned years of metal, and I’m angry that you tried to make me do so right from the opening line. Speak not of the nü-metal quandary, lest it rear its ugly, bleached and unhealthily gelled head once more.

  • Here’s Johnny

    nobody has mentioned the band photo? can see his german helmet ffs!

    • Geez, you kinda can.

    • Grymm

      …why did I look?

  • Jibbutz

    Scored their drummer…from Vader? From Poland? From the local pub? Finish your sentences dickbag.

    • Grymm

      It says that they got their drummer, James Stewart, to drum for this recording. I think it reads just fine.

    • Dudeguy Jones

      Stay in school kid. Focus on English classes. Reading comprehension is a very valuable tool in the adult world.

  • Jeeusus

    Its lame that this site censor and removes comments they don’t like…knda facist…

    • Only comments attacking others or being intentionally offensive are removed. If you can’t deal with that, go elsewhere.