“Unholy Trinity” is the debut EP from solo act Denial Of Death from Germany. Spearheaded by Glauber Autaide who performs the vocals, guitars, keyboards, bass and drums there is a lot to expect from one person doing all the work. The result is a mix of symphonic black metal mixed with death metal here and there for a sound that is much like Old Man’s Child meets Watain. The EP is short with little to go off of but still has some promising tracks. Opening with the symphonic ‘Pavor Nocturnus’ listeners get a taste of a warm up before the heavier tracks like ‘Spiritual Oppression’ and ‘Tempus Fugit’ jump in. With the lush symphonic backdrop of the keyboards and electronically added in choirs there is definitely a lot of OMC comparison to draw on with their earlier albums like “Ill Natured Spiritual Invasion.” The orchestral elements don’t quite overshadow the guitars and heavier elements like Dimmu Borgir does, so the music is quite melodically heavy and evil without having that ‘Disney’ feel to it. Vocals are grim yet clear enough to understand in their pitch while remaining raw and not over produced.
For those looking for more straightforward black metal tracks “The Day Of Revenge” shows a more groove laden black metal part of Autaide’s project. There are some symphonic elements but overall the guitars are heavier and yet still grim. The Watain influences really shine here and some could feel this track could fit perfectly on an album like “Lawless Darkness.” Raw, evil, and all around good black metal. Unfortunately there isn’t much to draw on here to really get the depth of Denial Of Death’s full scope, but the large chunk of what the band does is definitely mostly black metal with symphonic elements. A dark, lush, sonic-scape that is sure to take shape for a grim, yet enjoyable ride.