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Deathspell Omega - Veritas Diaboli Manet In Aeternum: Chaining the Katechon  CD (album) cover


Deathspell Omega


Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

4.84 | 39 ratings

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5 stars We saw your image... The gap of your eyes and mouth is void...

Quite possibly the greatest metal song ever made? Chaining The Katechon was my first exposure to Deathspell Omega and their insane use of instrumentation leaves even bands like Dream Theater or Meshuggah behind. Their fast paced and un-reachable drums combined with shredding guitars and crushing bass leaves you completely dumbfounded.

Chaining The Katechon consists of a single 22-Minute song of the same name. It has a very interesting structure for an epic: Unlike many that have an A-B-C-D-E or A-B-C-D-A structure, this colossus has an A-B-C-B-A-D, working as a circling epic with movements that all build up for a grand finale. It simply works amazingly and it gives it a great sense of continuity and coherence despite the music sounding like the exact opposite.

This song features multiple melodic fragments that are used mostly to establish the gothic and dark mood of the track, often recurring to dissonance and atonality. It's incredibly heavy and I seriously can't imagine someone's first glance at extreme metal being this, it would totally scare them away. However for any person that enjoys sheer raw metal brutality this should be a feast.

I also want to say that the climax at 18:26 is for sure the peak of the song. The dissonance, atonality and polyrhythms all come together to create the heaviest and most crushing part of the song. It truly leaves you numb! Thankfully the slow, hypnotic and epic ending chorus helps you come back to the real world.

This is pretty much my all-time favorite metal song. It would feel so wrong for me to not give it that magic five star rating. Absolutely essential to any extreme/technical metal collection. Five Stars!

Nhelv | 5/5 |


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