Deus Ignotus
"Slavery of the Cosmic Knowledge"
Terror Cult Productions

Hailing from Greece, Deus Ignotus bring an untypically Greek black metal sound as in, I can’t say “… they sound kind of like Rotting Christ,” as  they've extended beyond borders in molding their sound. Existing as a group for less than a year, this two-person primitive act has released a second demo “Slavery of the Cosmic Knowledge,” which is five-tracks of deep, cavernous black metal. Their first demo “Worship the Fall of Man,” did not warrant them much interest. Yet, with an un-ending thirst for rawness and an emphasis on coldness, Deus Ignotus has improved since ‘08. 

“Chapter I- Vortex Mind” starts off a bit weakly, but continues on, becoming a harsh mix of screaming and frenzied riffs. The simplicity of the music and the rough edges surrounding the sound creates the aura of complete focus and un-focus, of chaos, that envelops you while listening to truly underground black metal. “Chapter II- She the Shining” begins with an almost depressive tone and is the most stand-out track of “Slavery of the Cosmic Knowledge.” On “Discipline the Winds of Transformation” you start to get that classic sound of Greek black metal, in small doses administered through the guitars. On a negative note, if the first two minutes of the track were converted into about 20 seconds instead, then the guitars would not have been so monotonous. Continuing with the same tone, the last two tracks are pretty unremarkable as “Secret Symbols of the Underworld” is lacking any sort of variety and almost sounds electronic in its constant, unchanging pace, while “Mysterious of a Past Life” is just a strange filler outro that is only good for about 40 seconds.

Transitions are too clandestine and need to be implemented more often. For example in the obvious case of “Secret Symbols of the Underworld,” this straight lined playing leads to a sense of boredom and repetitiveness. It just sounds too abrupt. The band also needs to welcome more variety in general. While the same basic pattern on each song can work, there needs to be different tones, chorus lines, moods and varied paces.

Deus Ignotus are a band with potential, still chasing after their spark. I found that the louder I had the music, the more I enjoyed it, so I recommend you turn your volume immensely high after popping “Slavery of the Cosmic Knowledge” in. After they start to shrug off the “new-band smell,” Deus Ignotus should prove a known name in the underground, Greek black metal scene.