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5 stars "Roll up, Roll up, Come see the oddities, Unaltered beasts, Or the girl who swallowed knives, The invisible cannibal, The strangest foe of all time, ...For your own very eyes, Come see the freaks, Come see the freaks, Children made of raw meat, Shark mouths of blazing impurity, Down in the dumps, Down in the doldrums, Where only the fucked up, Forage for their forms"

"Nervous twitches at 2AM, In a bed of cracked ribs, Jerking off in a circus of secrets, Pressure sweating you slowly insane, We all become new fanged Gods, To old for regret, To ill for death, I trust myself and no one else, I drink to your bad health, Like the carrion fiend, At a blessed feast, The bones you were born with, Yearn to be seen, An imperfect fake with the same name, Searching for language, Of an inner being"

The above lyrics are the opening verses from track 8 called Unaltered Beast from DHG(Dødheimsgard) fourth album Supervillain Outcast. The lyrics are here to give you a picture of how twisted DHG are and how excitingly dark and brutal. Dødheimsgard´s last album 666 International which was released in 1999 was one of the most groundbreaking experimental extreme metal albums ever to come out of Norwey ( or anywhere in the world) and it had to be a very hard album to follow up. DHG has done just that with Supervillain Outcast though and with style I must add. Allthough Supervillain Outcast isn´t as groundbreaking as 666 International it´s still one of the best experimental extreme metal albums I have ever heard. It´s taken DHG 8 years before they where ready to make Supervillain Outcast and that´s a pretty long album break, but the time has been used wisely.

It is said here that Czral ( Ved Buens Ende, Virus) plays the drums on Supervillain Outcast like he did on 666 International and it´s right even though shortly after recording the drums for this album he was badly injured falling from a building which means that he is now paralyzed in his feet. On the bands myspace D´arn is credited as DHG´s new drummer.

The music on Supervillain Outcast is primarely black and death metal influenced, but there are influences from genres like Industrial metal, Gothic metal, new wave and avant garde as well which makes this album diverse and unique. Consider yourself warned when I tell you that this is not for the faint of heart as this is extremely aggressive and brutal music. The difference between this album and more primitive death/ black albums is that Supervillain Outcast is sophisticated and cleverly composed.

The vocal style on Supervillain Outcast has to be mentioned too as it is very diverse. You have both deep growling, more aggressive raspy growling, clean vocals and a capella choir arrangements. The first time I listened to Supervillain Outcast the interplay between the deep growling vocals and the aggressive raspy ones reminded me of good old Carcass the way they sounded on Necroticism - Descanting of the Insalibrious. Dødheimsgard has many more tricks up their sleeve though and you can´t accuse them of being a carcass clone. New vocalist Kvohst who has replaced Aldrahn does a great job. He is exactly the kind of new blood Dødheimsgard needed to make a new groundbreaking release. According to DHG´s myspace he has sadly left the band.

There are some truly excellent songs on Supervillain Outcast. My favorites are the fast-paced Vendetta Assassin and Supervillain Serum. Note the porn sample in Supervillain Serum. Pure genious. But besides the experimental black/ death metal songs there are also three a capella songs ( Secret Identity, Chrome Balaclava, Cellar Door) which are nice breaks from the general madness of the album. They work the same way as the horror theme piano pieces did on 666 International. A few other songs stick out and that is Apocalypticism which almost touches Marilyn Manson and goth rock territory, the last song 21st Century Devil which are more mid-paced and epic than what we are used to from Dødheimsgard and All is not Self which touches New Wave territory. All these diversions from the form means that this is a very exciting album all the way through without ever being confusing or inconsistent. All songs has Dødheimsgard written all over them. No one makes music like them. They are a truly unique force.

The musicianship is excellent. I´ve mentioned and praised Kvohst for his diverse vocal range, but the drums on this album are also great and of course main composer and guitarist Vicotnik also has to be mentioned for his adventurous way of thinking music. The programming and samples that are used throughout the album is very well done as well and adds greatly to the atmosphere of the songs.

The production is one of the best metal productions I have ever heard. That´s how good I think it is. The sound is grand when it has to be and closed thight when that is nesseccary. Yusaf Parvez is credited for the production which is Vicotnik´s real name. The man is a genious in my opinion.

This is without a doubt one of the best experimental extreme metal albums I have ever heard. Twisted, dark and brutal yet sophisticated enough to deservedly appear on Prog Archives. I cannot recommend this album enough and it´s one of the most deserved 5 stars that I will ever give. MASTERPIECE.

UMUR | 5/5 |


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