After a series of extreme metal reviews, I return to a new extreme metal album by the name of Deus Vult. This is a black metal album, but not in the way you would expect it to be. It is not Darkthrone or Immortal (although some parts do sound like Immortal), this is a slightly different album.
It has some elements of more atmospheric black metal, and also the traditional black metal sound through the album. The recording quality is of a high standard, it is not the typical tape recorder quality. You can actually hear all the instruments clearly, but the album still suffers from the most basic problem in black metal recording, that of the guitars having too much compression and by extent that they tend to overpower other instruments. Apart from the guitar compression, I have no other concerns with the album, as even the intro to the album is well balanced even without the classical instruments in it. The vocals fit the album well, they are not the classical crispy vocals characteristic to black metal, but even then they are still black metal in nature and you would need to be quite uninformed to label the album death metal.
All in all, the album is great, it is not a revolutionary album, it does not bring new ideas and concepts to the black metal table but even that does not diminish the sheer quality of the album and the production. I give this album a 9/10 review.