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Posts Tagged ‘Deathspell Omega’


Sunday, March 19th, 2017

Deathspell Omega - The Synarchy Of Molten BonesI’m not sure exactly what criteria Deathspell Omega deploy to determine which of their releases qualify as full-lengths and which are mini albums (nor indeed is it any of my business) but the first thing I noticed about their sixth album proper, ‘The Synarchy Of Molten Bones’, is that it is by far and away their shortest LP, passing by considerably quicker than even the magnificent 2005 offering, ‘Kénôse’, which was apparently an EP.

This one was first mooted as a new MLP but somewhere along the way, ‘The Synarchy Of Molten Bones’ became a 29-minute, four-track full-length. Considering that the epic ‘Si Monvmentvm Reqvires, Circvmspice’ is almost 78 minutes long, this latest effort is disappointingly short, even if obviously quality rules over quantity. Why can’t we have both, though?

As ever with these theologian trailblazers, the quality is of course beyond dispute but the record – which plays at 45rpm – is over way too soon. Especially considering that it had been a full six years since its predecessor, ‘Paracletus’. Maybe the well of inspiration has dried up somewhat and they didn’t want to include any filler or flog a dead horse, who knows? As things are, we get a short but sweet reminder of the brilliance of Deathspell Omega.

Evilometer: 555/666


Monday, January 26th, 2015

Deathspell Omega - Manifestations 2002Recently, End All Life reissued all four of Deathspell Omega’s pre-Mikko LPs – full-lengths proper ‘Infernal Battles’ and ‘Inquisitors Of Satan’ along with the ‘Manifestations 2000-2001’ and ‘Manifestations 2002’ compilations (both of which were only actually released in 2008, some six years after the incumbent vocalist had replaced the disillusioned Shaxul).

As I had missed these albums first time around, here was a perfect opportunity to play catch-up. I swooped for all four, wallet open wider than a whore’s snatch. On these recordings, we of course are exposed to a completely different Deathspell Omega than the innovation, orthodox force that would materialise on the ground-breaking ‘Si Monumentum Requires, Circumspice’, but the old, unrefined incarnation is not without its merits.

The downside is that the label cut some corners (using the same inner sleeve on all four records, for example; no lyrics included; original artwork omitted from ‘Infernal Battles’ and ‘Inquisitors Of Satan’); the upside is that, by doing things in such a no-frills, no-fuss fashion, they kept the price down and allowed collectors to grab these historic items for just €60. It’s a good deal and, for me, this record is the pick of the bunch.

Evilometer: 555/666

DEATHSPELL OMEGA – DROUGHT MLP (Norma Evangelium Diaboli)

Sunday, July 15th, 2012

Generally speaking, I don’t place much stock in EPs or mini-albums due to the disappointing disparity between the paltry amount of music and the still-considerable price of admission. A typical MLP costs almost as much as a full-length but is perhaps half as long – poor value in any man’s language. On the other hand, we are kind of railroaded into purchasing these stopgap releases as, well, how else do we get to own the new tracks? And, in fairness, many EPs are really good…

In the case of Deathspell Omega, their latest MLP comprises six new songs (including the obligatory intro and outro) spread over the course of 21 magical minutes. When the fare is as fantastic as this, it’s difficult to be critical. The band could easily have slowed things down a bit and made this release a little longer but instead they go hell for leather, tearing through the songs at breakneck speed but still infusing plenty of trademark DsO technicality into the mix.

The record comes with a great cover and an inlay with the lyrics included and, for obvious reasons, represents a much better buy than the CD version. Including postage, it will set you back almost the same as an album proper, but this is definitely one instance where quality reigns over quantity (though, obviously, I crave more). Deathspell Omega are on fire on this mini album and I have no hesitation in declaring that ‘Drought’ is as intense, complete and well-rounded as most full-length albums.

Superb stuff. Try not to let the length (or lack of it) put you off – just listen to the record twice each time you take it out!

Evilometer: 666/666


Saturday, June 25th, 2011

There’s nothing new on this release, music-wise, but “Diabolus Absconditus / Mass Grave Aesthetics” is well worth purchasing if you don’t already own these two stellar tracks. “Diabolus Absconditus” was Deathspell Omega’s contribution to the mandatory Northern Heritage triple album “Crushing The Holy Trinity”, while “Mass Grave Aesthetics” was released separately as an EP in its own right three years later (2008). Together, they make for a wonderful ‘album’ (which is listed as an EP but costs the price of a full-length and, in fairness, lasts for a full 42 minutes).

The two length tracks sound like they may well have been recorded as part of the same session (I think this may be the case but am not sure…). This is prime DsO, with a myriad of sounds and emotions churned out in amid a maelstrom of orthodoxy. There are plenty of tempo changes and no shortage of atmosphere but proceedings remain harsh and ‘black’ throughout, as the band eases through its tried and trusted template in stunning fashion. I believe these two songs are as strong as anything else this great outfit has released and – cynical as I am – I refuse to disregard this as a label cash-grab. It’s a worthwhile release and one you should consider tracking down.

Evilometer: 555/666