Deathspell Omega
Kenose


3.5
great

Review

by A.K. USER (63 Reviews)
July 2nd, 2007 | 24 replies | 11,744 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Very conceptual, dissonant, and thought provoking if you take the time to care about what is being said here.

Deathspell Omega is a band that has a certain amount of mystery around it. The (newer) lyrical themes and abstract album concepts have always been a cause for intrigue. The members are unknown though it is pretty clear that Mikko from Clandestine Blaze joined DSO before the release of this EP. Being a band that delivers on all fronts, not just music it is rather important to actually own a DSO release, not just have mp3s. The booklet for this, which is rather long contains perverse images, often modifications and grotesque takes on religious images typical of Deathspell Omega. Lyrics are revealed as being noting more than extracts from sources like the Bible and various quotes which one most piece together in order understand the conceptual side of things.

The songs have no titles, simply I, II, and III. Musically DSO is rather diverse and almost technical (in a rhythmic and calculating way, not a fast solo-ish way). The music revolves almost entirely on the tritone, the devils interval as it was called in medieval times. This makes the music extremely unsettling and tense with no real resolution. Slow arpeggiated passages, fast riffs, and even the occasional acoustic break are all found within the first few minutes. Vocals tend to be slow with no pattern or rhythmic hook (due to the nature of the lyrics). Vocals are also pretty low, not the typical shriek, more guttural and from the stomach than the back of the throat.

The music struggles to hold interest being almost entirely based on dissonance and ugliness which can be a cause for boredom (which is why an EP is about all I can listen to all the way through by DSO). That's why it is important to add the element of lyrics and visuals to the equation, giving deeper implications to the somewhat shallow music. This works but it is debatable whether or not this is simply a ploy to cover up the mediocre music. If you introduced the typical black metal lyrics and corpse paint band photos this album would probably be horribly mediocre.

To the bands credit they do try to create some interesting passages, adding things like church choirs and interesting instrument combinations. It is an odd thing hearing a slower bass/drum/acoustic guitar break in the music, especially with non-standard drum patterns. These moments are far too few though, it just seems as if the band can't get out of the pattern of making extremely tritone oriented arpeggio riffs. There's probably a reason for all of the sections musical styles as they are meant to work with the lyrics in a certain fashion, but I haven't taken the time to read the lyrics in the context of hearing the music while they're being sung, something which is probably a good thing to do to get the whole message across.

As you probably know by now this is NOT easy listening. The songs over little harmonic satisfaction, no resolve, and leave you with little to remember besides a ton of dissonance. I think the whole metaphysical side of the lyrics and art is worth trying to understand but the band should mainly be working with making good music. the album is a bit to conceptual and almost pretentious for me, others may however find it fascinating. It is very likely that others will be bored with it as well.

3.5/5
Available in the US through Southern Lord in digipak form.



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Angmar
July 2nd 2007



2689 Comments


Good review, but I personally really really like this.

Silenius
July 2nd 2007



302 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Well, I don't find it to be bad, I just lose interest by "III". There are some great parts and like I said the lyrics and images provide a lot of interesting concepts that match with the music. This Message Edited On 07.02.07

Angmar
July 2nd 2007



2689 Comments


I like the first track the most, but I couldn't listen to a whole hour or so of this like you said.

Fort23
July 2nd 2007



2469 Comments


Tiight review, checking this out now.

Cravinov13
July 2nd 2007



3854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

You should never get the full length with the feoutus on it then. 1 hour and 18 minutes of these gusy does get tiring. Kenose is just right and one of my favorite BM releases.

Dethtrasher
July 2nd 2007



2211 Comments


I really enjoy this but I can't give it a rating at the moment. Definitely one of my favourite BM EP's.
Good review.

Cravinov13
July 2nd 2007



3854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

IMO it's too long to be considered an EP but w/e

I'm gonna review this. I finally sparked back into reviewing mode.

Tyler
Emeritus
July 2nd 2007



7924 Comments


EP's arent usually deemed as such based on playtime, though. It's got more to do with the amount of tracks.

. According to the WCMA, a full length has at least five tracks and is over 30 minutes in length

This only meets half of the criteria. This Message Edited On 07.02.07

Cravinov13
July 2nd 2007



3854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Well, I have several full lengths that are 1 track long or 3 tracks. Plus this release is 36
minutes in length while the albums I am referring to go over an hour long easily.This Message Edited On 07.02.07

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
July 7th 2007



15990 Comments


Good review, I loved Si Monumentum Requires Circumspice so I bet I'll like this.

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FR33L0RD
July 11th 2007



1458 Comments


This band seem interesting

Cravinov13
July 11th 2007



3854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

THE NEW ALBUM IS AMAZING!

Wizard
December 28th 2008



18770 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

E.P. is really good (just got this for Christmas). Their themes are a little perplexing on this album.

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Prolapse
August 23rd 2010



4370 Comments


this is awesome

Yazz_Flute
November 3rd 2010



18735 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I've had this for a few years but never really listened to it till recently. Impressive.

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AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
November 3rd 2010



16126 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah, but Si Monumentum and Fas are better.

jingledeath
December 19th 2010



7104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is slowly becoming my 2nd favorite DsO release (after Paracletus). I is fucking insaneee.

Maniac!
January 26th 2011



26187 Comments


This Fucking Rules

jingledeath
January 27th 2011



7104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

cool

Hawks
January 29th 2011



33363 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Well this rules, just like I was expecting.



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