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Deathspell Omega


Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

3.74 | 90 ratings

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4 stars The band Deathspell Omega has gained a certain cult status in the black metal "community". With their unknown members (as far as we know) and their tendency to not tour has created something that is in mystery to the general public. Although we do not know much about them, what we do know is that they are a force to be reckoned with in modern metal. Combining avant garde, experimental, and bombastic melodies, it has created something that inundates the listener with their utter most darkest fears, and horrors. That being said, it also creates something of beauty, not just in the context of pure aggression. But of what we have to face. Thus, this all accumulates to a masterpiece of modern music. Paracletus should be what bands strive for in terms of how they end a "trilogy". As you look at the cover you see something of just chaos-a pure black background with snakes and fire. This demonstrates a couple things. One: it establishes what you're going to be listening to for the next forty three minutes, cathartic almost maudlin musicianship. Secondly, it gives you the sense that this isn't going to be a "walk in the park", but this is going to be pure anarchy to your ears. Lastly, it gives you a sense of dread. And what do all of these things have in common? They all deal with what we run away from-death, darkness, and chaos. The production quality can be best described as, superb. It's like you're being thrown in their hell. You can here every blast beat, hellish scream, and just an atmospheric cacophonous experience. That said, it's controlled chaos. Which is the most amazing part of this release, due to the amount of complexity, and originality. Lyrically, this was the most shocking aspect of the album. I say that because when you listen to people (in general) who speak of "black metal" they usually come to a conclusion that it's just pure screams and loud distorted guitars. But, it is much deeper than what you really view it as. I can not think of any other band that can combine English and Latin together with some French. This is still the strongest "aspect" to this album. Conclusion: Although this is a tough band to listen to at first (which is the only gripe I can think of), it'll grow on you. On the other hand, if you're not familiar with this band or the style of music, you'll just hate it at first. But, don't give up on it based off of that barrier-chaotic hell. This is not just a metal release, it's also "progressive" and experimental. Have an open mind when approaching this. It's an epic 43 minutes that will shock, move, and make you think at times.
openmindedmetalhead | 4/5 |


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