Deathspell Omega is the most relevant band in black metal. This is non-negotiable.

Deathspell Omega is the most relevant band in black metal. This is non-negotiable. They have received as much criticism as praise for their challenging take on the genre but remain untouchable and transcendent.

Thus starts an excellent article on Lurker about Deathspell Omega and the transformations it went through to become ‘the most relevant band in black metal’.

Early interviews with the band, like this one with Northern Heritage [1] [2] (view the rest of the issue here), show a group of individuals with such a horrific philosophy and outlook on existence that, surely, this was black metal canon for the 21st century. But it would be some time before the band would break free of the shackles that bound the elitist black metal underground.

After the writer traces the development of the band, he gets into quite a detailed review of Paracletus, the new Deathspell Omega album.

Paracletus is the crowning achievement of this unholy triumvirate. It also logically had to be. With each step into this mammoth project, the band has improved boundlessly. While SRMC was a relatively straight-forward and incredibly well-honed step into the trilogy, Fas was defiant, uncontrollable and chaotic. Now, with Paracletus, Deathspell Omega have pinned down their incredibly complex song writing style: Nothing sounds out of place or throw-away. Every blasting second, every drum strike, every discordant or melodic guitar phrase, every obombrous bassline (yes, there is BASS here)… All are disturbingly calculated to the finest detail, conjuring a cacophony that is simply unprecedented.

Recommended reading.

Via Roadburn.

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3 responses to “Deathspell Omega is the most relevant band in black metal. This is non-negotiable.

  1. Pingback: Albums that tore my 2010 apart: | Sometimes art should be nothing but violence…·

  2. Who did that album art? Is it an old painting or was it made especially for this album?

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