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Deathspell Omega


Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

3.74 | 91 ratings

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3 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, though I found the album was diminished on subsequent listens because it feels a little like they are throwing lots of ingredients into the pot to cover for the fact that they don't truly excel at any one thing but are quite good at pastiching lots of things.
Warthur | 3/5 |


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