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Tech/Extreme Prog Metal • France


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DEATHSPELL OMEGA is a Technical Avant-Garde Black Metal band from France. They are one of the best known bands in the Norma Evangelium Diaboli movement among brethren including Watain, Antaeus, and Funeral Mist. The identities and locations of the band members are currently unknown. Furthermore they have never played any concerts and no pictures exist of the band. It should also be known that DEATHSPELL OMEGA has no official Myspace page, does not intend to have one, and is not in touch with the people who opened the currently existing and absolutely unauthorized pages. Their early records, EP's, splits, and demo were raw and simplistic black metal in the vein of Darkthrone, early Immortal, etc. Since then, their music has greatly progressed to include highly technical, experimental, and even some ambient/post elements into the mixture. They have also adapted to a cleaner and better produced aesthetic.

Though the band members identities are unknown, they have given a small amount of interviews on their beliefs and such. Their lyrical content deals primarily with the concepts of religion on a metaphysical level and more specifically Satan, God, and their relationships with man in everyday life. They are often praised for being lyrically more thorough and 'advanced' than most other black metal bands.

Their two full length releases: Si Monumentum Requires, Circumspice (Latin for If you seek His monument, look around you), and Fas - Ite, Maledicti, in Ignem Aeternum (Latin for Divine law - Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire) are the first two serials in a conceptual trilogy. Though the two albums are linked by concept, they are both musically unique. The trilogy proclaims the relationships of God, Satan, and man. The first installment 'Circumspice was focused on the concept of Satan, Fas' was conceptually based around man, and the third yet unreleased installment will theoretically be based around God. Because of their religious groundings in their lyrics, they are often referred to as 'Orthodox', 'Puritanical', or 'Religious Black Metal'.

- Bio information provided by Jake Kobrin, edited by HughesJB4.

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The band uses long and complex compositions with a good dose of Avant Garde thrown in, backed up with technical playing from the band members to create a unique progressive black metal sound.

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1.90 | 17 ratings
Infernal Battles
2000
2.32 | 18 ratings
Inquisitors of Satan
2002
3.71 | 41 ratings
Si Monumentum Requires, Circumspice
2004
4.03 | 75 ratings
Fas - Ite, Maledicti, in Ignem Aeternum
2007
3.82 | 52 ratings
Paracletus
2010

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1.33 | 5 ratings
Sob A Lua Do Bode / Demoniac Vengeance
2001
3.04 | 6 ratings
Clandestine Blaze / Deathspell Omega
2001
2.13 | 5 ratings
Mütiilation / Deathspell Omega
2002
3.50 | 12 ratings
Crushing the Holy Trinity (Father)
2005
4.20 | 5 ratings
From the Entrails to the Dirt
2005
1.36 | 6 ratings
Manifestations 2000-2001
2008
2.24 | 6 ratings
Manifestations 2002
2008
4.75 | 8 ratings
Deathspell Omega/S.V.E.S.T.
2008

DEATHSPELL OMEGA Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

1.38 | 8 ratings
Disciples of the Ultimate Void (Demo)
1999
4.43 | 25 ratings
Kénôse
2005
4.83 | 17 ratings
Veritas Diaboli Manet In Aeternum: Chaining the Katechon
2008
4.55 | 11 ratings
Mass Grave Aesthetics
2008
5.00 | 6 ratings
Diablous Absconditus
2011
4.43 | 13 ratings
Drought
2012

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 Inquisitors of Satan by DEATHSPELL OMEGA album cover Studio Album, 2002
2.32 | 18 ratings

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Inquisitors of Satan
Deathspell Omega Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE Team

3 stars While DEATHSPELL OMEGA's second album INQUISITORS OF SATAN has been totally overshadowed by the releases that follow for good reason, it is by no means a waste of time checking out this album. While the debut showed an extremely talented band doing their best second wave lo-fi version of Darkthrone from the decade prior, this second release shows a major step up in the evolution of their sound. Far from the formidable behemoths of black metal beginning with the very next album, but hints of what's to come.

The music itself is that good old school, raw and nasty mix of distorted buzz saw guitar riffing that becomes one with the bass to render the two indistinguishable, a frenetic drum workout complete with blastbeats and high quality raspy vocals to die for. This is a transition album between the primitive debut and the highly developed follow-ups. This album shows the debut of DEATHSPELL OMEGA's propensity of alternating styles. While most of the tracks would feel at home on Darkthrone's "Transylvanian Hunger," there are many departures into purely black rock 'n roll where it feels like hell has gone to the 50s prom and just wanted some good time music from the past. The distortion and overall sound is the same but the contrast between the black metal sound and the old time feel is stark.

I guess i like this one a bit more than most. It hosts their long time fascination with Satanic metaphysics and shows a leap closer to the jangly dissonant progressive workouts they would hone into perfect. While not as spastic and unpredictable as the famous trilogy beginning with "Si Momvmentvm Reqvires, Cicvmspice" the seeds have been sown in an unholy place for them to fester into the great beast that would come. An enjoyable slice of lo-fi brutality if i do say. While hardly essential, i do not find this to be banished to the collector's only bin because i actually really dig listening to this one for the amazing performances on board.

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 Infernal Battles by DEATHSPELL OMEGA album cover Studio Album, 2000
1.90 | 17 ratings

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Infernal Battles
Deathspell Omega Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE Team

2 stars INFERNAL BATTLES is the first full release by DEATHSPELL OMEGA, well sort of. The fact is that the last four tracks are actually those from the previous demo release "Disciples Of The Ultimate Void." Not even re-recorded but merely available on CD. The first four tracks are new but I would probably deem this to be classified as an EP. At this early stage the band was far from its experimental and progressive brilliance that fully developed a few short years later. On this album we hear an anachronistic old school black metal sound that is almost a decade too late. While the demo tracks are extremely lo-fi in the vein of Darkthrone with Summoning screams and wails, the new tracks are clearly better produced and sound more like an early Darkthrone album both instrumentally and vocally and although they are still dirty filthy black metal it at least it doesn't sound like it was recorded in someone's garage.

I'm really not sure why a band that obviously plays so very well musically would offer up so little in the terms of creativity. Are they showing us here what their intents are for the future? That meaning they wish to capture the spirit of the early Satanic black metal from the past by offering this lo-fi by the numbers offering only to dazzle us with a huge leap in a short time later? Who knows but I have to say this is not a bad album. If this HAD come out 10 years prior it would be well respected. While there is nothing on this album that would interest non-harcore fans of aggressive and highly distorted old school black metal, it is true that if that is a style you really, really love then this release is something you will probably find appealing, however.... this really is derivative to the point that they should have just called themselves "Darkclone."

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 Disciples of the Ultimate Void (Demo) by DEATHSPELL OMEGA album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1999
1.38 | 8 ratings

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Disciples of the Ultimate Void (Demo)
Deathspell Omega Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE Team

2 stars DISCIPLES OF THE ULTIMATE VOID is the debut demo by DEATHSPELL OMEGA before they blossomed into the great metaphysical Satanic black metal force that would unfold in a few short years. Nothing on this debut suggests the ability to reinvent themselves to such heights for on this lo-fi indie release it all about trying to reinvent the wheel with absolutely nothing as far as innovating. With an obvious fetish for worshiping Darkthrone on this demo I actually feel like the raspy vocals and their chaotic delivery remind me more of early Summoning. This is really one of those hard core fan things. If you can stand lo-fi dirty and brutal old school black metal that is by the numbers you might like this one (as I do) but the lack of creativity on this one means you may enjoy the excellent musicianship on board but at the same time feel underwhelmed. This was only released on cassette in 1999 on a total of 66 copies but was included on their debut album "Infernal Battles."

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 Paracletus by DEATHSPELL OMEGA album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.82 | 52 ratings

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Paracletus
Deathspell Omega Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Imagine a black metal band hijacked an orchestra's tour bus and forced the musicians to play whilst they were driving over a bridge - that's the sort of dense, multilayered cacophony which greets the listener when you put on Deathspell Omega's Paracletus. Using a wide range of instrumentation, careful production and the techniques of genres ranging from post-rock to noise rock as well as their avant-black metal roots, the band create something which at first listen sounds like typical black metal chaos, before you realise that in fact it's a richer, denser mass than first appears. There's always a bit more going on with Deathspell Omega than meets the eye, and nowhere is that more true than on Paracletus.

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 Veritas Diaboli Manet In Aeternum: Chaining the Katechon  by DEATHSPELL OMEGA album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2008
4.83 | 17 ratings

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Veritas Diaboli Manet In Aeternum: Chaining the Katechon
Deathspell Omega Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by arcane-beautiful

5 stars So, this will be more of a track review, mainly because this EP has only one track, but this track is 22 minutes, so it makes slight sense.

This EP is a rather interesting one. This is actually a split EP between the band S.V.A.S.T., but oddly enough I can't find the other half of the EP. So while I search for the other half, I'll have to talk about this half of the EP.

This track is a complete rollercoaster really, and compared to the material on "Fas ? Ite, Maledicti, in Ignem Aeternum" it is a complete step forward. One of the biggest shocks is the cleanest of production. All the negatives I found in the production on "Fas ? Ite, Maledicti, in Ignem Aeternum" have all been toned up, and the production on this album is pretty stellar. The echo has been turned down, and the vocals are turned up, and each note the guitars and bass play can all be heard, which is a definite positive.

Musically the track is a slight less frightening than the tracks on "Fas ? Ite, Maledicti, in Ignem Aeternum" (as odd as that sounds), but it still does hold a lot of fright. The best way to describe this track is like a rollercoaster. It starts off like a head rush and anytime the track slows down and almost becomes something beautiful, from out of nowhere the track peaks up again and scares the crap out of you. This track is a definite step in the right direction for the band, mainly due to the popularity starting rise behind this track.

Lyrically the track is just beautiful. And I know that sounds weird, but poetically speaking the images brought forward are really vivid and colourful. Mixing Milton esque imagery with original black metal dissonance, the tracks lyrics and the performance from the vocals really do sound like a sermon of evil.

In conclusion, this would be the pinnacle moment of this band for me. While "Fas ? Ite, Maledicti, in Ignem Aeternum" can be a rather difficult listen, this track in many ways is a lot more listenable. In fact, this may be the best way to sum up the band and even there entire career. An absolute stellar track that should be listened by all Black Metal and Metal fans.

8.5/10

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 Si Monumentum Requires, Circumspice  by DEATHSPELL OMEGA album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.71 | 41 ratings

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Si Monumentum Requires, Circumspice
Deathspell Omega Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Up to this point, Deathspell Omega's approach to black metal had seen them adopt a no- nonsense back-to-basics approach reminiscent of innumerable other Darkthrone imitators. Here, though, some dark inspiration seems to have got into them, and their experiments with incorporating more unconventional elements into their music commence. Si Momentum Requires, Circumspice fuses the avant-black metal of subsequent Deathspell Omega releases with more direct and overt black metal eruptions, reminiscent of Marduk or Satyricon, so those who are only interested in the progressive side of their music may be better catered to by their later albums, though for my part I think the fusion here is interesting in its own right.

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 Fas - Ite, Maledicti, in Ignem Aeternum by DEATHSPELL OMEGA album cover Studio Album, 2007
4.03 | 75 ratings

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Fas - Ite, Maledicti, in Ignem Aeternum
Deathspell Omega Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by arcane-beautiful

4 stars I have been interested in this band for a very long time, and one of the main reasons behind my interest is because of the mystery behind them. No one knows who these guys are, they don't play live, all we know is that they are French.

The French metal scene over the years has become definitely one of the most interesting, especially the Black Metal scene, with bands like Blut Aus Nord making some of the darkest music in music history. Back in the day, Deathspell Omega did have a more traditional low budget black metal sound, but over the past few years, there production style has progressed, with this album in particular showing a fulcrum between their future more cleaner sounding production.

The production on this album is a mixed plate for me. Sometimes I love the sounds that are being produced, especially the guitar sound, which sounds like a blood laced razor. The negative side is the use of echo which can at times oversaturate the sound, especially with the drums and the vocals. The drums are also turned up a bit too high in the mix which can at times take effect away from the vocals. Although, I must admit, the drums on this album are completely insane.

The album's opener and closer "Obombration" is a rather interesting composition. The intro sounds like monks summoning the devil while the closer sounds like the trumpets of heaven proclaiming the apocalypse.

"Bread Of Bitterness" one of my favourite songs on the album is a rather interesting piece. One of my favourite moments has to be the guitar solo in the beginning. It's one of the most unique and insane guitar solos I've ever heard.

"A Chore For The Lost," the album's closer starts off rather soft and creepy. Silence almost emerges before an explosion happens and scares the hell out of you (I have to admit I jumped a bit). A brilliant way to close of the themes of the album and to even hear them again at the end.

In conclusion, this is one of the darkest albums I've ever heard. The music of this album and especially the production just sounds like the soundtrack to the end of the world, but with an evil twist. This band and especially this album really isn't an easily accessibly album, but I would say that it is an experience. If you want to hear some of the darkest sounds ever made, give a listen to this, and then try Blut Aus Nord's "Mort", cause it's another bullet to bite.

8.3/10

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 Drought by DEATHSPELL OMEGA album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2012
4.43 | 13 ratings

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Drought
Deathspell Omega Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by UMUR
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars "Drought" is an EP release by French black metal act Deathspell Omega. The EP was released through Norma Evangelium Diaboli in June 2012. "Drought" is available in MLP and digipack CD formats.

The music style on "Drought" is no surprise if you are already familiar with the last couple of releases by Deathspell Omega. Chaotic sounding, technical and experimental/progressive black metal is what youīre treated to. The band are exceptionally well playing, and "Drought" features a professional and powerful sound production that really brings out the best in the rather complex tracks. Itīs a slightly less metallic tinged sound production compared to the last couple of releases which is something that seems to suit Deathspell Omega well. While the bandīs "core" style is technically challenging and chaotic sounding black metal with raw raspy vocals, multible tempo changes and a sensibilty towards dissonance, there are also post-metal elements in the bandīs style that need a mention. Both "Salowe Vision" and "The Cracked Book of Life", which bookend the EP, are instrumental post-metal tracks and have very little to do with black metal. The fact that "Sand" is also a bit different from the bandīs trademark sound, makes "Drought" quite a varied and also entertaining listen. It should be noted at this point that all six tracks on the EP seque into each other to form a 21:00 minutes long concept piece. The individual tracks arenīt that long though, and the relatively short format works really well.

"Drought" might not be neither surprising nor a revolutionizing development of the bandīs sound, but itīs a damn well written, well performed and well produced effort by Deathspell Omega and another proof of how skilled and inventive they are. A 4 - 4.5 star (85%) rating is deserved.

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Drought
Deathspell Omega Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by pisles

5 stars Deathspell Omega, starting in the year 1998, produced very Darkthrone like releases. From their splits with Mutiliation, and Moonblood; they were simpley known as any other black metal act. But one thing did stand out (compared to any other French act), and that was their lyrics. Yes, they did deal with satanism, but it had some sort of sophistication to it. Fast forward to 2004 though, they began experimenting with the same theme (satanism), but it had a much more philosophical/nihilistic point of view (much like the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche) than ever before. These releases from then on were part of a "trilogy" in regards to their full lengths (their EP's dealt with the same theme. Their last release in their series of man, god, and satan, and the relationship of the three was titled Paracletus, and it was a great balance of Si, and their mini albums (without the ridiculous interludes like we heard on Fas). It was a much cleaner sounding release, and with that, it made every instrument more audible (which is something you need in regards to how vicious/technical this band can get). Now, fast track to two years later, and we have their latest Ep, "Drought". Clocking in at just over twenty minutes, we have something that is short, but sweet. It essentially picks up where Paracletus left off, and develops/matures their sound even further than before. There's some melody to it, but just enough to where you can make out what's going on (instead of the low quality in releases like Fas..which pales in comparison to this). In the opener "Swaloe Vision" it starts out very calmly-with acoustic guitars, and a creepy humming in the background-it sets the mood for what's about to come. It further develops into more acoustic guitar pieces, and then the drums kick in. This further progresses into more aggressive guitar work, and drum patterns (but still beautiful). It keeps building up until the storm hits you. The next track, Fiery Serpents (clocking in at 4:15) is their most punk sounding song to date. With blast beats surrounding you, and a beautiful riff (it's almost a metaphor for new life), it pummels you. But you want more at the same time. With Mikko's trademark growl/rasp it thrusts you into the fire. Mikko gets more deranged as the song proceeds, and almost sounds like he wants to tear the studio apart at one point. The next track, Scorpions and Drought adds some variation to the chaos, but it's enough to keep you thinking what's going to happen next. The drum work, and vocal approach in this song is almost too much at some point, but still manages to keep it cool with the slight melody in the background. Sand is one of the melodic tracks (probably their most melodic track they have released), but still manages to destroy you. With it's warm, yet crushing guitar tone, and different vocal styles from Aspa, it manages to create a contrast to the previous track. And it does it so well. Abrassive Swirling Mirk was one of the first tracks released before the album hit the market, and it still doesn't disappoint, and lives up to the name. With it's insane drum fills (which are inhuman), and Mikko's terrorizing voice it's almost as if the apocalypse is upon you. Ending with an epic semi guitar solo it sets the mood for the last, and most memorable song on the album, The Crackled Book of Life. This final track has the most variation on any Deathspell track than anything they have previously done. With it's catchy guitar riff, choral compositions, and absolutely devastating atmosphere, it pummels you to the ground. Absolutely stunning conclusion. Drought is a fitting epilogue to what they have done over the years with their astonishing discography. This album reenforces why they're the leaders of experimental/orthodox black metal. No other band has achieved what they have done in terns of musicianship, lyrical themes, and mystery surrounding them. Truly a masterpiece.

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4.43 | 13 ratings

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Drought
Deathspell Omega Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Conor Fynes
Prog Reviewer

5 stars 'Drought' - Deathspell Omega (10/10)

Yes, Deathspell Omega have gone punk. Yes, they have even pop. In fact, it's been recently announced that Deathspell Omega has been a weekend side project of Blink 182's Tom DeLonge, and through some coincidence, it has been misinterpreted as the continuation of a French band of the same name that broke up ten years ago. After such a cerebral and heavy handed album trilogy about theistic satanism, it's nice to hear Deathspell Omega throw away the evil and sing songs about pretty girls instead.

Jest aside, I can see why Deathspell Omega's latest EP "Drought" has been getting recognition as a change of pace for the enigmatic black metal outfit. They're still the same viciously technical bastards that they've been since their breakthrough "Si Monumentum..." record, but their sound is getting cleaner, and- I daresay- more coherent. For anyone who listened to their last full-length "Paracletus", this evolution from the unrelenting madness of "Fas - Ite, Maledicti, In Ignem Aeternum" to more concise song structures was predictable. Deathspell essentially pick up where they left off with "Paracletus", and with this comes a barrage of jaw-dropping complexity, malefic atmosphere, and some of the best flow I have ever heard on an EP. Black metal's greatest prog-enitors have struck gold once again.

On "Drought" and virtually everything they have done since "Fas...", Deathspell Omega create a quintessential black metal atmosphere, yet manage to do so with surprisingly few black metal conventions. Barring Aspa's trademark croak, and the occasional blast beat thrown between the inhuman permafills, Deathspell Omega have little now in common with the genre's core sound. The guitars are rapturous and dissonant, and may sound a little more like The Dillinger Escape Plan than I would like to admit. Amidst the confusion, there are plenty of thick grooves. Especially on a first listen, things can feel very chaotic, although- perhaps unlike the band's most challenging material- there's just enough melody and comprehensible rhythm in the music to make things coherent. Just enough.

Although the most exciting moments on "Drought" are the chaotic storms, a considerable portion of the album is devoted to some of the most melodic and mellowed ideas Deathspell have done since "Si Monumentum...". "Salowe Vision" is a wonderful opener, gradually building tension and atmosphere until "Fiery Serpents" erupts with the band's signature chaos. "The Crackled Book of Life" ends the EP in a heavier fashion than it started, although a beautiful melodic idea is hidden beneath the gradually fading rhythm. There are no stops in the music on "Drought"; though Deathspell have generally shortened the track lengths, the impression of a twenty minute epic- like their earlier "Chaining the Katechon"- is evoked to great benefit. Even the runt of the litter- the one minute "Sand"- has a place here.

For a long time, I have not been able to cite a band that's gone as far with the black metal style as Deathspell Omega. Even in making their song structures shorter and production cleaner, they still manage to sound as fierce and experimental as ever. I did not think that one of my favourite releases of the year would be an EP, but here it is. As a fan, I've been blown away once again, and as a reviewer, I can only give my highest recommendation. Absolutely phenomenal.

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