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Deathspell Omega


Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

1.92 | 19 ratings

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Anthony H.
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1 stars Deathspell Omega: Infernal Battles [2000]

Rating: 2/10

Infernal Battles is the debut full-length album from French black metal band Deathspell Omega. This enigmatic group is known for creating some of the most experimental, progressive, and boundary-pushing music within the black metal genre. In fact, Deathspell Omega is arguably one of the most important bands within the avant-garde metal scene. However, they did not always play this adventurous style of music. Before gaining a reputation as avant-metal monsters, Deathspell Omega played a simplistic and generic style of black metal that could not be more different from the complex and sophisticated music that they would later adopt.

I am not a fan of black metal, and albums like Infernal Battles demonstrate why. Everything about this album suggests a burning desire to be as uncreative, generic, and boring as possible. The recording quality is comically terrible. It sounds like the band traveled to their local Wal-Mart, purchased the cheapest department-store instruments they could find, took them into the bathroom, flooded the bathroom completely, and then pressed play. This production is absurd, even by black metal standards. The musicianship barely even qualifies as such. The guitars drone away with endless tremolo picking, the drums tap away in an interminable blast beat, the bass is nonexistent, and the vocals are typical lo-fi screeching. None of the songs distinguish themselves from one another; the album is nothing but 38 minutes of muddled droning.

Infernal Battles is one of the most boring and uninteresting albums that I have ever listened to. It represents every negative element of the black metal genre. Devotees of the more simplistic and "kvlt" areas of black metal may enjoy this, but I can't imagine that there are many people like that on this site. This album should be avoided by anybody looking for interesting, engaging, entertaining, or creative music. It's hard to believe how much Deathspell Omega has progressed since this.

Anthony H. | 1/5 |


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