Deviser
Unspeakable Cults


5.0
classic

Review

by Brandon Scott USER (101 Reviews)
May 1st, 2010 | 48 replies | 7,232 views


Release Date: 1996 | Tracklist


4 of 4 thought this review was well written

Since it's regal beginnings, Greece has always seen a high level of exciting culture and well deserved pride. Starting out as nothing more than warring territories, when united, the country began to grow at an alarming rate in terms of innovation, producing many ideals and systems that are still being used to this day. While eyes were mostly lain upon Scandinavia during the early 90's second wave black metal boom, the Greek black metal scene was also going through somewhat of a blossoming, producing legions of quality bands, each with certain elements that would come to define the term "Hellenic black metal". Released in 1996, top tier band Deviser's debut album Unspeakable Cults is the pinnacle of the Greek black metal, demonstrating the genre at it's glorious peak.

Instead of concentrating on blindingly fast tempos and raw dissonance, Unspeakable Cults lays much more emphasis on the use of strong and indelible melodies. Guitarist Vag and keyboardist Nick Christogianis work well together, successfully intertwining elegant atmospherics with straightforward mid paced guitar or harmonized riffs. While many bands tend to overuse the keyboard, Christogianis does well to keep his playing tasteful, adding many different textures and flavors to the music without ever delving into overindulgence. In particular, his work on the second track "Darkness Incarnate" is markedly breathtaking, creating a supremely majestic atmosphere through the use of minimalistic yet sophisticated synth lines. While each member is talented in their own right, it really is the work of Christogianis that spurs the record to sheer perfection.

There really is no standout track on Unspeakable Cults; each and every song contains facets of brilliance that keep them distinguishable from the tracks preceding and following it. "Threnody" includes a fantastically melodic recurring guitar lead while the two minute instrumental "Ritual Orgy" keeps itself interesting with the use of a neo-classical piano segment, accompanied by a truly sublime choral chant. "Dangers of a Real and Concrete Nature" reveal the talent of drummer Labis, who skillfully creates generative beats and fills with apparent ease. Deadly accurate with his arms, the source of his excellence no doubt come from his exemplary double bass work which can be seen on tracks such as "Stand & Deliver" and "When The Nightmare Begins". Providing some top notch bottom end is bassist Spyros whose playing adds well appreciated depth and fullness to the music. Also, he provides a sickeningly catchy bass lead on the outro "Afterkill" complimented more beautiful, sweeping keyboards. Vocally, Matt Hnaras provides little variation,(although he does have a stand out performance on "The Rape Of Holiness") yet his rather visceral high pitched growls never grow tiresome at all.

Not only is Unspeakable Cults an adroit album on it's lonesome, but it also very much acts as a great introduction to Hellenic black metal, a scene that very much has its own style and quite frankly is filled with some of the best bands in the genre. Keen on melodies, don't let the accessibility of Unspeakable Cults act as a deterrent for delving farther into Deviser's excellent catalog, for it is an album that contains something for everyone. Sounding as fresh and exciting as it did in 1996, Unspeakable Cults is an undisputed classic that everyone should be aware of.



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TheSpirit
May 1st 2010



16662 Comments


album rules

Digging: Sexdrome - Grown Younger

ShadowRemains
May 1st 2010



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i might need to look into some black metal soon, as the instrumentals are often orgasmic, but the vocals are such a turn-off for
me :S pos'd though, good review

dnor
May 1st 2010



3978 Comments


I had my metal days. Fantasy-Hair Metal, BLIND GUARDIAN, HAMMERFALL days. Heavy Metal, Death Metal, Metalcore, but one genre I NEVER listened to was Black Metal, and the reason was EXACTLY what Shadow said....The vocals are just so, I don't know, only way to describe it for me, is over-dramatic. Trying too hard to sound evil. Maybe it's just the thing that MAKES it black metal, who knows.

I really want to like it because of the amazing music that accompanies those vocals...I'll give it a shot.

Also, good review man : ) The review is actually what's making me want to lean towards giving this a shot!

TheSpirit
May 1st 2010



16662 Comments


Thanks. If you ever want just ask and i could rec some BM where the vox aren't too too bad.

TheSpirit
May 1st 2010



16662 Comments


The vocals in this aren't bad at all, and if you liked all those other genres you'd probably enjoy this.

ShadowRemains
May 1st 2010



19441 Comments


^will definitely consider looking into this...if I can find it

dnor
May 1st 2010



3978 Comments


The guitar work on the song "The Fire Burning Bright" with that EXTREMELY enjoyable piano and drum backing is some of the best I've heard from this genre, but the vocals remind me of a kid wearing a black trench coat sporting black lipstick and eyeliner whisper/growling under his breath a curse at a passing kid. I don't know why, but BM is just not my genre. Still respect it though. Album's amazing for what it is.

TheSpirit
May 1st 2010



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It concerns me how much gay stuff you look at Charles.

dnor
May 1st 2010



3978 Comments


Woah, that dude is SOOOO gay. not the photoshopped head guy, but the dude doing the ass-fucking. Look how pleasured his face is....disturbing to the max.

ShadowRemains
May 1st 2010



19441 Comments


*waits for the guy to get banned*

nastynick
May 1st 2010



853 Comments


Holy shit, that's fucking horrific

nastynick
May 1st 2010



853 Comments


Did he put his own face in that picture?

TheSpirit
May 1st 2010



16662 Comments


nah he went on my facebook. I think this guy just likes to see me in compromising positions.

ShadowRemains
May 1st 2010



19441 Comments


what is his problem with you anyway? I've seen him troll you on a couple of other threads as well

TheSpirit
May 1st 2010



16662 Comments


I'm not really sure why. I guess it's more tradition at this point more than anything.

rasputin
May 1st 2010



14504 Comments


other than rotting christ's thy mighty contract (which is only slightly above average), greec'se black metal scene is pretty mediocre in my opinion.

as i always like to say to anyone who listens, the only two good things to have ever come out of greece are the turks and dead congregation.

TheSpirit
May 1st 2010



16662 Comments


I like how they're symphonic but not over the top

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
May 1st 2010



16006 Comments


Agreed with Rasputin, Greece isn't a good country for black metal. Might check this out.

Digging: Katatonia - Kocytean

Hawks
May 1st 2010



33363 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah really the only black metal bands I listen to from Greece are Rotting Christ and early Astarte. I still gotta look into this album though.

TheSpirit
May 1st 2010



16662 Comments


I can see both of you liking this



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