Demilich
Nespithe


4.0
excellent

Review

by Travis Marmon USER (32 Reviews)
February 13th, 2010 | 1651 replies | 45,881 views


Release Date: 1993 | Tracklist

Review Summary: One of death metal's most wonderfully weird albums.

6 of 8 thought this review was well written

So you want to get into death metal, eh? You've already listened to Death, Morbid Angel, Carcass and Suffocation? Then this might be the album that determines whether you were made for this genre or not. The 40-minute Nespithe is the only album released by Finland's Demilich, but it makes for a worthwhile discography.

Demilich were:
Antti Boman - Vocals/Guitar
Aki Hytonen - Guitar
Ville Koistinen - Bass
Mikko Vernes - Drums

Demilich may claim to hail from Finland, but their music comes from another planet. Antti Boman is one of the most bizarre, unique and difficult vocalists in all of metal. He sounds like he's literally burping out his twisted lyrics, and this can be a major turnoff. However, there is no better way to fit Demilich's music than the way Boman delivers. Your standard growl or bark would just be out of place.

The guitar-work on this album is twisting and unconventional. Demilich's twin guitars noodle and creep around, rarely playing chords and playing off each other well. This style makes Demilich much less heavy than the average death metal band, yet still mind-bending and inaccessible. Guitar solos are lacking in favor of strange dual-lead sections like the ones in "Echo (The Replacement)" and the ridiculously-titled "The Sixteenth Six-Tooth Son of Fourteen Four-Regional Dimensions (Still Unnamed)." Headbanging to Demilich is ill-advised.

Ville Koistinen's bass is somewhere in the middle of the mix, providing a nice backbone to the twin guitars as well as most of the record's heaviness. His basslines are not particularly complicated, but his style is quite unique compared to anything else coming out of the death metal genre in the early '90s. Rounding out the rhythm section is the talented Mikko Vernes. Vernes is not the type to play blastbeats all over the place, but his patterns are complex and provide a good counter-punch to the noodling of the six-string slingers.

The only flaw that Nespithe has besides the vocals is the lack of variation between songs. Many of the riffs have a very similar feel to them and become almost predictable by the halfway point of the album. Besides the instrumental "Erecshyrinol" ("No lyrics here"), every song is a maze of twin leads and absurdly deep vocals that put the listener into the cosmic atmosphere the band tries to create. Thankfully, a relatively short run-time prevents things from getting boring.

If you are a death metal beginner, give a few other bands a shot before listening to Nespithe. If you don't like it, listen to some slightly more accessible bands and come back to it. It will be well worth the listen.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Tulannical
February 13th 2010



2051 Comments


album rules, nice review.

Phantom
February 13th 2010



8930 Comments


burp burp fart burp buuuurp

Iamthe Nightstars
February 13th 2010



2220 Comments


Heard these guys were good so I checked them out a while ago and could not get past the horrible vocals.

HenchmanOfSanta
February 13th 2010



1857 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Then you shouldn't be listening to death metal.

rasputin
February 13th 2010



14538 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

guuuurgh bluuurgh buugur baaar gaaar guuurhhghyg

Iamthe Nightstars
February 13th 2010



2220 Comments


"Then you shouldn't be listening to death metal."

If all death metal vocalists sounded like that, I probably wouldn't.

jingledeath
February 13th 2010



7104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

such a beautiful album

SCREAM!
February 13th 2010



10025 Comments


hmm sounds interesting

Digging: Old Witch - Come Mourning Come

charles2000
February 14th 2010



450 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

album is awes

charles2000
February 14th 2010



450 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

lol tabisha

charles2000
February 14th 2010



450 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

"The only flaw that Nespithe has besides the vocals"


wait wha

qwe3
February 14th 2010



21355 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

buuuuuuuuuuuuuuurp

charles2000
February 14th 2010



450 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

more like best vocals in death metal

jingledeath
February 14th 2010



7104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

needs moar cleens

charles2000
February 14th 2010



450 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

ill kill you

jingledeath
February 14th 2010



7104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

ill demikill you

qwe3
February 14th 2010



21355 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yo yo yo hey man 4.5 yo

charles2000
February 14th 2010



450 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

goddmamnd sideways eyes guys and yer weak 4.5s

qwe3
February 14th 2010



21355 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

mah zen training showed me the way

SCREAM!
February 14th 2010



10025 Comments


No amount of descriptions could've fully prepared me for those vocals hahaha
Album seems pretty solid so far.

BUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUURP



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