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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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2.20 | 19 ratings
Infernal Battles
2000
2.64 | 21 ratings
Inquisitors of Satan
2002
3.70 | 44 ratings
Si Monumentum Requires, Circumspice
2004
4.09 | 81 ratings
Fas - Ite, Maledicti, in Ignem Aeternum
2007
3.81 | 57 ratings
Paracletus
2010

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1.40 | 6 ratings
Sob A Lua Do Bode / Demoniac Vengeance
2001
3.04 | 7 ratings
Clandestine Blaze / Deathspell Omega
2001
2.16 | 6 ratings
Mütiilation / Deathspell Omega
2002
3.54 | 13 ratings
Crushing the Holy Trinity (Father)
2005
4.20 | 5 ratings
From the Entrails to the Dirt
2005
1.42 | 7 ratings
Manifestations 2000-2001
2008
2.27 | 7 ratings
Manifestations 2002
2008
4.78 | 9 ratings
Deathspell Omega/S.V.E.S.T.
2008
4.00 | 1 ratings
Untitled Vinyl Box
2009
5.00 | 1 ratings
Untitled Vinyl Box
2012

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 | 27 ratings
Kénôse
2005
4.75 | 20 ratings
Veritas Diaboli Manet In Aeternum: Chaining the Katechon
2008
4.54 | 13 ratings
Mass Grave Aesthetics
2008
4.88 | 8 ratings
Diablous Absconditus
2011
4.43 | 16 ratings
Drought
2012

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 Fas - Ite, Maledicti, in Ignem Aeternum by DEATHSPELL OMEGA album cover Studio Album, 2007
4.09 | 81 ratings

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Deathspell Omega Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by GentleGenerator

5 stars Picture the most extreme music you have ever heard, multiply it by Gorguts and you have Deathspell Omega. I have been a fan of Deathspell Omega for almost a decade now. Until recently I was only familiar with Si Momventm Reqvires, Circvmspice, a fantastic album in its own right but altogether different from the experience presented in this album. Beginning with the ominous Obombration, this album generates a uniquely dark and extreme experience. It is as progressive as any black metal album I have heard, and this is coming from a huge fan of the genre. No time is wasted on pandering atmospheric melodic passages. Instead the focus is on creating the most intense and fulfilling metal experience, with dissonance at its heart. Insanely technical and chaotic verses give way to incredibly satisfying passages of brooding melody and groove, while interludes of silence separate these themes. Bread of Bitterness serves as the highlight of the album, beginning with a groovy riff that is repeated throughout the beginning of the song, between passages of the utmost chaos and dissonance. Ultimately the song gives way to a despairing middle section of King Crimsony groove, while the bass guitar brings in a melodious and ominous presence. Things wind up, only to fall back into the groove, but only briefly before the massive crescendo. It is unlike anything I have ever heard, a monument of heaviness and nuance. I haven't even mentioned the lyrics, which deal with the metaphysical casting of Satan from the heavens. In fact, the lyrics are of the utmost importance, as they are written first and the music is structured around them according to an interview given by the band. As a whole this album offers arguably the most progressive metal experience out there. There's a reason Luc Lemay of Gorguts and Josh Elmore of Cattle Decapitation cite this band as a massive influence. They are at the forefront of progressive metal and this album is among the best they have to offer.

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 Untitled Vinyl Box by DEATHSPELL OMEGA album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2009
4.00 | 1 ratings

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Deathspell Omega Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by CassandraLeo

— First review of this album —
4 stars Not to be confused with the later box set collecting the band's Mikko Aspa-era "trilogy" material, this vinyl box set collects Deathspell Omega's earlier Shaxul-era material, from before they evolved towards orthodox Satanism and also before they introduced the degree of complexity into their music for which they are now known. It's become a cliché to dismiss Deathspell's earlier works as primitive Darkthrone worship, but this is unfair. The band certainly adhered to the primitive recording quality associated with the genre at this stage in their career, and their songs were certainly less complex during this era than they are now, but there are still plenty of head-spinning time signature changes and lengthy compositions here (discs 3 and 5 in particular average around seven minutes per song).

Infernal Battles is the band's first album, collecting four new songs on side one with the band's earlier demo on side two. The cheaply recorded demo is the only material in this set that truly sounds like nothing more than Darkthrone worship, and even this uses unconventional time signatures starting with the first song. The recording quality is very low, however, with most frequencies over 10 kHz being inaudible. However, the band makes up for this with some truly magnificent riffs. This isn't likely to appeal to progheads, but it's good stuff nonetheless. The other side of the album has better recording quality, and already showcases a growth in musicianship and composition from the demo tracks. The band later re-recorded "Drink the Devil's Blood" for Si monumentum requires, circumspice, but the song is already impressive here. The other songs are of a similar calibre.

I'm going to review this material in rough chronological order rather than in the order the box set presents it, so next up we have Manifestations 2000-2001 (which collects material from splits with Moonblood and Mütiilation and the Black Metal Blitzkrieg sampler) and the material from the Clandestine Blaze split. (Note to interested parties: Clandestine Blaze is a solo project of Mikko Aspa, who is generally assumed to be Deathspell's second vocalist; however, none of the band's material is presented here, as only the Deathspell Omega sides of their splits are presented). The band stretches out at length here, and explores styles not commonly associated with Deathspell Omega; "The Suicide Curse", for example, could be considered an example of depressive/suicidal black metal. The riffs here are even more solid than those on their début, and the band is actually shockingly melodic here for people only familiar with the band's later material. This is still fairly primitive stuff, but a growth in musicianship is clearly observable here, and for people who enjoy old-school black metal on its own terms like I do, much of it will prove to be a slice of musical heaven.

Inquisitors of Satan dials back the song lengths slightly, but the band's growth in musicianship is further evident here. The riffs remain killer throughout the record and the audio quality is a step up from earlier material. The lyrical subject matter remains fairly standard-issue black metal fare, with little of the philosophical sophistication found on later releases, but that's fine for what this is. This album is generally regarded as the best of the band's Shaxul-era full lengths, and I can't disagree with the conventional wisdom here.

Manifestations 2002 collects material recorded in 2002 intended for splits but not released until 2008. It provides a missing link between the more primitive black metal the band recorded earlier in its career and the more complex Mikko Aspa-era material that would make them famous. It's easy to see why Shaxul, who has favoured more primitive material in his solo career, got disillusioned with the band's direction here and left; the band was unquestionably moving towards progressive black metal here. This may be the strongest material in this collection, although my personal favourites are Manifestations 2000-2001 and the Clandestine Blaze split.

Now, the obligatory audio quality note: The first disc appears to have been remastered for vinyl, without the "loudness war" problems of the CD version (which, to begin with, were the least severe of any of the albums in this collection). The album is, however, the most primitively recorded of Deathspell's material, with the demo side being truly lo-fi. Unfortunately, none of the other discs appear to have undergone similar remastering, and it's worth noting that the mastering of the Manifestations collections, in particular, was very bad, with audible clipping on every song. This is honestly the only demerit I can give this set from a technical standpoint (it would have been nice to have black or clear vinyl available, but the audio fidelity here isn't really of the level where it makes much of a difference).

In summation, whether you enjoy this collection will mostly come down to whether you enjoy black metal for its own sake or whether you only enjoy the more progressive strains of the genre. This set clearly depicts a band evolving from primitive black metal to progressive black metal, but most of the actual progressive material is left out. If Deathspell Omega had only recorded this material, they almost certainly wouldn't have an entry on Prog Archives. However, for interested listeners, this set will prove to be a goldmine. It's also an instructive listen for people who want to hear a band evolve from more primitive material to more complex material. I can't recommend this set for everyone, and you'll probably know from reading this review whether you'll be likely to enjoy it or not. For the people who enjoy this kind of music, though, this collection is difficult to pass up.

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 Untitled Vinyl Box by DEATHSPELL OMEGA album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2012
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Deathspell Omega Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by CassandraLeo

— First review of this album —
5 stars One of the most essential black metal bands of the 2000s and 2010s gets a vinyl box set treatment of its finest works to date. While the fidelity of picture discs is frequently lambasted, much of the material here (namely, the contents of the first four discs) has been separately mastered for vinyl, and sounds substantially better than the typically brickwalled CD versions.

The band's Mikko Aspa era started with the double album Si monumentum requires, circumspice (Latin for If You Seek a Monument, Look Around You), which serves as a mission statement for everything the band has done since. It unveiled the band's trademark blend of dissonance, unusual time signatures (though these had been present on previous works as well), complex arrangements, orthodox Satanism, and experimentalism. Much of the album is given over to furious blasting, but the band proves to do this in a much more musically sophisticated fashion than most of its peers. The production is also a major step up from that of the band's previous work; it still sounds filthy and savage, but the album is recorded and mixed clearly enough that every musical detail is clearly audible. This proves all to the better on the departures from the band's black metal sound, such as the three "prayers" and the Old Church Slavonic chant section in the album's centrepiece "Carnal Malefactor". SMRC is a landmark album in the field of black metal whose stature has only grown with time.

The band quickly followed this up in 2005 with an additional two LPs' worth of material between the EP Kénôse (French for Kenosis, a doctrine in Christian theology referring to Jesus' "emptying himself") and two side-length pieces that were released at the time on split albums. Kénôse is even more dissonant and complex than SMRC, and shows the band's growing musical maturity. It's also philosophically more sophisticated than the band's previous works, showcasing a thorough examination of Christian redemption. From the same era, the twenty-two-minute "Diabolus absconditus" (Latin for "The Devil Is Hiding") lyrically examines existentialism while musically it alternates between blasting dissonance and, strangely, a lengthy acoustic guitar segment accompanied by whispered vocals. "Mass Grave Aesthetics" is the piece on this box set that does the least for me lyrically, but it makes up with it for a musical tour de force that may be the band's finest hour to date.

Fas - ite, maledicti, in ignem aeternum (Latin for Divine Law - Depart, Ye Cursed, into Everlasting Fire) dials up the band's dissonance and complexity even further. With only four proper songs averaging about ten minutes each, the band packs in as many complex riffs as possible and mixes them with head-spinning philosophical lyrics that examine the band's exceedingly pessimistic view of the cosmos. Both God and Satan are presented as essentially incomprehensible to humanity, while man is doomed to suffering. While most of the album is given over to frenetic blasting, the album is also underpinned with creepy pianos and an orchestra, and several passages of the album are nearly silent, which makes the returns to blasting only all the more terrifying. The album climaxes with an utterly gorgeous guitar solo at the end of "A Chore for the Lost", which proves to be one of the album's only concessions to melody. The album is a harrowing listen but remains a landmark of the genre all the same. It's essentially black metal's answer to Gorguts.

The band followed this up with the EP "Chaining the Katechon" (included on disc 7 so as not to break up Paracletus onto two discs, also released as a split with fellow travellers S.V.E.S.T. entitled Veritas diaboli manet in aeternum, Latin for The Devil's Truth Remains in Eternity). Once again the band contributes a twenty-two minute slab of head-spinning black metal, and this time around they waste no time in getting started from the gate. The album largely maintains the style of Fas without the gaps this time around, though it is slightly less dissonant. The album also closes with clean singing, a rarity for Deathspell. Another strong work from reliable black metal stalwarts.

The band's most recent full-length album to date, Paracletus (Latin for Paraclete, meaning comforter), looks from the track list like it simplifies the band's sound somewhat, and to a certain extent this is true when compared to Fas, but appearances can also be somewhat deceiving, as it is essentially two slabs of continuous music averaging roughly twenty-one minutes each. The album is slightly more melodic than Fas, and the riffs are slightly simpler, but this is no primitive Darkthrone worship here. You're still getting musically and intellectually sophisticated music of the highest order. Pointing out track highlights is essentially pointless, though the closing track "Apokatastasis pantôn" (ancient Greek for "Rebirth of Everything") bears mention for its substantially more melodic, almost post-rock take on black metal. A career highlight for sure.

The band's most recent EP Drought closes out the set. Like Paracletus this one consists mostly of continuous music (there are brief gaps between a few sets of tracks here) and this may be the lightest material on this set from a musical standpoint. The band's music barely has anything left in common with traditional black metal by this point, but that's hardly anything worth complaining about when what's here is so good. The band fills every proper song with truly mind-boggling riffs and the album's intro and outro are unique in their catalogue, with the former sounding like a mix between Led Zeppelin and Earth, while the latter includes a particularly nice groove on the bass guitar. The only thing to regret here is that it remains Deathspell's latest work (although the launch of their Bandcamp in December 2015 may herald upcoming new material).

I can't recommend this box set enough. The music is flawless, and my only complaints with its presentation are that it wasn't pressed on black or clear vinyl, and that the last three discs aren't remastered for vinyl. Still, those are minor complaints, especially since the price tag of the box when it was released was startlingly low given how much music is on it ($111 + shipping for nearly five hours of music on vinyl is a hard price to beat). This band's work has been a landmark in the field of black metal, and this box set collects the best of it. Unconditionally recommended.

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 Inquisitors of Satan by DEATHSPELL OMEGA album cover Studio Album, 2002
2.64 | 21 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
2.20 | 19 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
3.81 | 57 ratings

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Paracletus
Deathspell Omega Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Warthur
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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
4.75 | 20 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
3.70 | 44 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
4.09 | 81 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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