Deathspell Omega
Fas - Ite, Maledicti, In Ignem Aeternum


4.5
superb

Review

by antihippy USER (6 Reviews)
August 13th, 2007 | 89 replies | 26,380 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Black metal mindfuck. 'Nuff said.

10 of 10 thought this review was well written

Deathspell Omega is a French black metal band formed in 1999, and is one of the better known band in the French black metal scene. While they started off as an old-school black metal, their 2004 release, Kenose, saw them into a more experimental and progressive black metal style. They further evolve their sound in their next release, Si Monumentum Requires Circumspice, the first part of a “metaphysical trilogy concerning God, Satan, and the human relationship with and between the two seemingly opposing forces.” In 2007 they release the second part of the trilogy, Fas- Ite, Maledicti, In Ignem Aeternum.

Deathspell Omega is:
Hasjarl- Guitars
Mikko Aspa- Vocals
Khaos- Bass

When people think of black metal, they think of raw, distorted, tremolo picked guitars, inane blast beats, and shrieks. [u]Fas- Ite, Maledicti, In Ignem Aeternum[u] (translated: Divine Law- Go, Curse, Upon Fiery eternal) breaks the traditional black metal template, and reform them into an entirely new sound. Chaotic and cathartic riffs, strange time signatures, post rock/metal style passages, absolutely insane drumming and progressive song structures are all combined to create a sinister and crushing atmosphere. All this is also helped by the production, which is rather polished compared to most black metal, thus giving it a sharper and more aggressive sound.

One thing that really makes Deathspell Omega stand out of the black metal is their lyrics. While they do talk about Satanism, they explore the theme in philosophy, rather than just using it to be as blasphemous as they can. As mentioned before, this album is the second part of a “metaphysical trilogy concerning God, Satan, and the human relationship with and between the two seemingly opposing forces.” No doubt about it, these are lyrics to think hard on. The lyrics are pretty vague, making deciphering the meaning particularly hard, though the imagery it gives is rather bleak, telling how the devil is not God’s enemy, that he is instead the embodiment of man’s dark nature, making hell inevitable rather than just probable because the devil is all a part of us.

Instrumentally, the band is no slouch either, being one of the more unique and technical metal bands out there. As soon as the second track “The Shrine of Mad Laughter” kicks in, you'll be hit, nay, PUMMELLED by Deathspell's unique style of black metal. Hasjarl shows that black metallers do know how to play their instruments, playing chaotic riffs that sometimes sound as if it is being played by several guitars, creating a dissonant, chaotic wall of sound and an absolutely crushing atmosphere, which then goes into a more coherent part. Deathspell also shows their post rock/metal influences, making long moody passages that builds up into the insanity again.

Another thing you'll definitely notice are the drums. It's a shame that he's not mentioned, because he is pretty amazing. He could play interesting lines at the calmer parts, but it's at the more intense part where he really shines. He goes absolutely bezerk, incorporating a whole mass of blast beats, frenetic fills and double-bassing into one brutal attack, making the more music much more chaotic. He just doesn't stop.

The bass on the album is also fairly prominent, unlike many black metal bands. It also has its own lines to play, laying down the groove rather than just providing the lower end for the guitar. Sometimes it gets drowned out by the massive onslaught of the guitar and the drums, but you can hear the lines clearly if you concentrate.

Mikko Aspa also has a somewhat unique voice for black metal. He doesn't rely on shriek or growls; instead, he uses a sort of deep rasp, sounding both like a combination of a shriek and a growl. He also likes to utilize Gregorian chants (with the most notable example being the beginning of the first song “Obombration”), creating an eerie and ominous feeling.

Deathspell Omega shows us once again why they deserve the hype they get in the black metal world. Fas- Ite, Maledicti, In Ignem Aeternum is a great album, executing their musical vision perfectly. When you first hear the album, it might not sound anything like black metal for the simple fact that it sounds unlike any other black metal there is out there. However, the more you hear it, the sooner you'll realize that it is indeed black metal, only that they have rearranged the rules of black metal and turning it into some whole new beast. The tremolo picking, the blast beats, and, most importantly, the bleak atmosphere is still there, only that they have been utilized and done in a different way. So, if you're a fan of experimental metal, black metal, or just want to hear something that is an absolute mindf***, do not fail to give this album a listen to.

Reccomended tracks
The Shrine of Mad laughter
Bread of Bitterness
The Repellent Scars of Abandon and Election
A Chore for the Lost



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Crysis
Staff Reviewer
August 13th 2007



16299 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good review man, got my vote. I was going to review this, but I was stuck on deciding on a rating for this...

Digging: Ulver - Bergtatt

antihippy
August 13th 2007



696 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

4.5 works for me.

it's very quickly verging on 5 though..... :p

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
August 13th 2007



16299 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I'm on the fence of a 4.5 or 5.... I can't make up my mind. I have to listen to this a few more times.

FR33L0RD
August 13th 2007



1461 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Black Metal with good production + bass & a different music structure = i might like this

....And good review, like it, my pos vote

Tyler
Emeritus
August 13th 2007



7926 Comments


I've yet to make it all the way through this album.
It'd be better if these guys could get rid of the pointless bullshit. There's like 3 intros on this thing. I'm sure it's really good (though hardly 4.5) but these guys are way too full of themselves. I'm not sure about the drums; they don't actually have a drummer, and I can't seem to find who played session on this. Either way.

Wizard
August 13th 2007



19296 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

These guys are so good (after checking out a few of their tunes on their myspace page)! This is the type of black metal that sits well with me. Awesome review too! Clear and concise is all I ever want in a review.

Digging: Downer - Downer

Tyler
Emeritus
August 13th 2007



7926 Comments


If only the album was as clear and concise. These guys always have such amazing concepts but seem to lose it with excess.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
August 13th 2007



16299 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

These guys always have such amazing concepts but seem to lose it with excess.


I see what you're saying there, their previous album was 80 minutes, which is overkill.

Tyler
Emeritus
August 13th 2007



7926 Comments


I dont even mean length. They just try way too hard. The first chunk of the album is my proof, it takes too long.

XSebbyMcMuffinX
August 13th 2007



339 Comments


The overall site rating says 4.8 right now. Is this worth me checking out? I haven't seriously looked into black metal, yet.

Tyler
Emeritus
August 13th 2007



7926 Comments


It says 4.8 but there's only two votes.

masscows
August 13th 2007



2236 Comments



The overall site rating says 4.8 right now. Is this worth me checking out? I haven't seriously looked into black metal, yet.
ive never heard anything by these guys, but the way crav raves about them, i think theyre raw elite black metal.

If you're not put off by poor production I can recommend you some places to start with black metal, and if you are, well, you're gonna have to start with some of the less raw stuff and work your way up.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
August 13th 2007



16299 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Even though their stuff is very lengthy, I enjoy this band immensely.

Tyler
Emeritus
August 13th 2007



7926 Comments


ive never heard anything by these guys, but the way crav raves about them, i think theyre raw elite black metal.

That kid is an idiot though. He hops on anything that's French BM and acts like it's some ridiculously superior thing. These guys are great but they're honestly not even top 20 for me in regards to the genre.

rattlehead42147
August 14th 2007



1345 Comments


ya done good antihippy! although i dont like this band too much.This Message Edited On 08.13.07

antihippy
August 14th 2007



696 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

ive never heard anything by these guys, but the way crav raves about them, i think theyre raw elite black metal.


they're production is fairly polished for a black metal band.

XSebbyMcMuffinX
August 14th 2007



339 Comments


I don't mind poor production...
And yeah, I said that before even looking at the number of votes. :/
Btw, how do you do that quote box thingy?

masscows
August 14th 2007



2236 Comments


[quote][quote] with a / in front of the "quote" in the 2nd box and the text between both boxes.This Message Edited On 08.14.07

antihippy
August 20th 2007



696 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Even though their stuff is very lengthy, I enjoy this band immensely.


this is only 40-something minutes though. not really that lengthy.

Silenius
August 30th 2007



302 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Bland, boring and again too long. (the CD)



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