Genre: Death Metal
Country: Germany
Label: Underground Crossection
Year: 2017

Deny The Urge is one of those casesin which, due to various circumstances, they haven’t been able to find their way so easily in the collections of the genre’s enthusiast. Even though it’s been years since their formation, they haven’t made a huge name for themselves, so maybe their new release may find some obstacles in gaining the response it deserves. Nevertheless, Deny The Urge with “As Darkness Falls” show that despite the difficulties and changes in their lineup are stronger than ever.

Nine years after their latest release, “As Darkness Falls” hits the market. It is the third consecutive complete album of the Germans and was released onlate August via Underground Crossection. Basically, this is a 48-minute album based on old school death metal, especially in its American rendition, reminding us of Morbid Angel at some points, while Vader’s influence is also present, mainly because James Stewart has taken up the vacant position of the drums. What we quickly observe is that Deny The Urge tried to get rid of his past and draw a new beginning, with much more mature and complete compositions than before, while trying to stay true to the character they have created with the band, musically speaking. Classical Death Metal structures, with respect to the past expression of the genre, but are also given under a more modern filter so they won’t just sound retro and / or obsolete. Excellent work has been done on guitars, especially concerning the solos; well-made and a result of long thinking, with the direct consequence of raising the overall good level of the album. Be sure to check the sounds in the background, which tie the musical ensemble, creating a very dark atmosphere that suits the general context created by Deny The Urge. I think that while the production of the record is dynamic and to the point – in my opinion always -, the vocals should’ve been mixed a bit more ‘ahead’, if you catch my drift. I felt they were sometimes lost in the background, with the instruments overlapping them. The record may have required a bit ‘dirtier’ mix / mastering in terms of production, but that’s purely taste.

In general, the record is encouraging and keeps our interest generally unchanged. It is worth listening to by devotees of the genre and many of you should add it to your collection. Mine is already adorned by it. Give it a chance.

4/6