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Deathspell Omega

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Studio Album, released in 2000

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1. The Victory of Impurity (05:25)
2. Drink the Devil's Blood (04:41)
3. Extinction of the Weak (05:45)
4. Sacrilegious Terror (05:18)
5. Raping Human Dignity (04:34)
6. The Ancient Presence Revealed (05:56)
7. Knowledge of the Ultimate Void (04:56)
8. Death's Reign (Human Futility) (04:37)

Total Time 38:22

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Tracks 5-8 are actually the Disciples of the Ultimate Void demo.

LP limited 200 hand-numbered copies.

Re-released in 2003 by Northern Heritage on CD.

Thanks to Jake Kobrin for the addition
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1.80
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Review by UMUR
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2 stars Infernal Battles is the debut studio album from French experimental/ avant garde black metal act DeathSpell Omega. Or should I say half studio album because out of the eight tracks that this album consists of the last four are taken directly from the Disciples of the Ultimate Void (1999) demo tape. They are unedited and appear on Infernal Battles just like they did on the demo. This of course means that youīll only get four new songs if you already have the demo. Itīs not that likely though as the Disciples of the Ultimate Void demo was only released in 66 copies. So I guess itīs a good way to become familiar with the demo tracks as well. Infernal Battles was initially only released on LP limited to 200 hand-numbered copies but has since then ( in 2003) been re-released by the Northern Heritage label on CD.

The music is simple old school black metal with aggressive raspy vocals. The songs donīt differ much from each other but the general quality in the compositions is pretty high for the genre. The album does come of as a bit of a low-fi product though (and probably on purpose as it is custom for many bands in the genre) as the sound quality differs greatly from the first four tracks to the last four demo tracks. The first four tracks has a pretty good sound quality even though the sound changes even between these four tracks. The last four tracks sound like a bad live bootleg recording done in a rehearsal room somewhere. A re-recording of those four tracks with a better sound quality would have done a lot for my overall view on Infernal Battles.

The musicianship is very good. This is not your no good pimpled teenage act who has painted themselves with corpsepaint, lit a lot of candles, collected some skulls and painted a pentragram on the wall of their rehearsal room. These guys can actually play.

The style of music that DeathSpell Omega play on Infernal Battles is not a style of music that I normally enjoy much and I canīt say that this album changes my view on that. On top of my personal feelings for the music thereīs also the fact that this is a very incoherent album in terms of sound quality and those two elements together means that this is a 2 star album. Only recommended to fans of old school black metal.

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Posted Sunday, January 25, 2009

Review by Conor Fynes
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2 stars 'Infernal Battles' - Deathspell Omega (3/10)

The debut of this now legendary black metal act, Deathspell Omega has certainly come a long way from this. In more recent years, they have made some of the most haunting, challenging black metal ever made. Even on their second record 'Inquisitors Of Satan', Deathspell was playing an old school brand of black metal with some considerable proficiency. 'Infernal Battles' opens the band's career on a somewhat bleak note, and I do not mean that in a good way. Although nothing out of the ordinary for straightforward black metal, this is a very amateurish, poor sounding release, with inconsistent production, performance, and unremarkable songwriting. Although it certainly has its merits to it still, this is the only album in Deathspell Omega's catalog that I might label as 'bad'.

Musically speaking, 'Infernal Battles' is fairly average black metal, in the vein of bands like Mayhem. Of course, Deathspell Omega is coming a clean decade after those Norwegian heavyweights, so I cannot say much of the band in terms of innovation at this point. The music is filled with evil sounding chord progressions, tinny drums, and raspy vocals that sound garbled as hell, thanks to the low budget recording that the album has. Making the production worse is the fact that tracks 5-8 are actually the band's demo, 'Disciples Of The Ultimate Void'. Not a re-recording for the album, but an outright copy-and-paste of the demo onto here. The songwriting- which is very decent, although predictable- does not compensate for the total lack of tact the album has. Even at its best, 'Infernal Battles' still sounds like a garage production, but hearing it fluctuate so much makes for a pretty weak experience..

One positive thing I can mention about Deathspell Omega at this point is that even early on, they were very good musicians. This is an inherently untechnical sort of music that the band is playing, but they play it with a great intensity, and unlike many demos of this style that I have heard, there aren't slip-ups in the playing. Although this may be considered a full- length, it really does not feel as if Deathspell Omega's legitimate journey starts until the second album. This is generic, mediocre black metal with abysmal production values. Even so, it's a somewhat worthy venture for hardcore fans of the band, if only to see how much the band has progressed since their origin.

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Review by 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.

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