Otargos- No God, No Satan

By Chris Dahlberg

Published on Thursday, November 11, 2010

Ever since I started reviewing metal on Cosmos Gaming, I’ve been exposed to more and more of the French black metal scene. While it is certainly not a united scene, France’s black metal bands have created some of the best material the genre has seen in recent years. One of the latest acts I have been exposed to is Otargos, who have been around since 2001 and recently put out their newest album No God, No Satan via Season of Mist. And while these guys may not be at the same level as some of their peers just yet, they’re beginning to get close and in another album or two could become a must listen to group.

If you’ve been following a lot of the French black metal bands, Otargos’ material should feel familiar. The songs on No God, No Satan are highly polished and mix harsh riffs with atmospheric melodies to create material that is absorbing and chilling at the same time. When it comes to the compositions, Otargos seems to be the best at creating fast paced/mid-tempo pieces that slowly ramp up intensity until they reach a breaking point. Unfortunately, there are a few moments where the instrumentalists really try to slow things down and try to do some instrumental only tracks/interludes and these aren’t able to maintain the same amount of momentum and intensity. If the band can improve on this they will definitely be capable of writing an album that is consistently memorable.

The group’s vocalist Dagoth may not be well known from a variety of other bands but he is certainly on par with many of the seasoned veterans out there. He has a very powerful scream that occasionally gives way to a higher pitched shriek. While most black metal bands talk about satanic themes, Otargos stands out because they are atheists and talk about the problem with religion as well as some other scientific ideas. This may not seem like that big of a deal but after hearing so many satanic bands this feels like a nice change of pace.

Otargos has potential but still needs just a little bit of work. The interludes aren’t quite as powerful as they could be, and if the instrumentalists continue to hone their songwriting abilities they could be at a much higher level in the years to come. They are certainly in a country that has a lot of other black metal bands, but I am confident that these guys will be able to deal with the competition and reach new heights.


Full Disclosure: Review copy provided by Season of Mist

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