Deathspell Omega
Drought


4.0
excellent


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Be sure to bring water...

The Earth is shaking once again in France. It's only been two (pretty damn meager) years since the French progressive black metal act Deathspell Omega (abbreviated as DsO) fired up the scene with Paracletus, their sixth and most devastating take on the genre yet. This masterful record was created mostly by the band carefully refining their trademark sound which consists of a very dense, heavy atmosphere being fused with strong, technical instrumentation. This led, as said, to devastating results but also raised the bar for the quality of the band's future recordings to a nearly unattainable level. Now, DsO wouldn't be DsO if they wouldn't keep finding new ways to expand upon their sound without betraying its core elements. And so, after those two long years of waiting for a new round of soul-crushing tunes, they finally released their new EP Drought, which marks another important turning point in the developing of the band's sound.

Drought, as impressive as it may be as a standalone effort, can and should not be viewed separately from the band's previous LP. Because, as distinctively different as they sound on certain moments like the groove-inspired mellowness of the album's opener 'Salowe Vision', so similar they sound on key tracks like 'Fiery Serpents' and 'Scorpions and Drought', where the band's ferociousness and technical precision take the songs to a higher level in a seemingly effortless way. By that I mean that one can easily imagine people having become used to DsO kicking things up to such a level that their fans have pretty much become accustomed to it. It can be easy to overlook how much effort actually goes into this kind of complicated songwriting.

A special mention goes to what might be the biggest surprise on this EP, the epic closer 'The Crackled Book of Life'. This instrumental track features an amazing combination of frightening violin strokes with down-tuned distorted guitar riffs which, when put together, end up creating what might be the best thing DsO have created to date. It surely shows that they still have a few more tricks up their sleeves that don't require high-speed drumming or highly technical guitar playing. It's good that the album ends on such a high note, because 'The Crackled Book of Life' has to make up for the only low point on the album: 'Abrasive Swirling Murk'. This song waddles in mediocrity and is only saved by a mildly entertaining guitar riff halfway through the song which, strangely enough, sounds like it came straight from Enslaved's latest album, Axioma Ethica Odini.

As a whole, Drought not only serves as a reminder of how amazing of a band DsO really are, it also shows their willingness to shake things up a little with a wide array of influences. It might take a while before we will be able to hear which direction they will be going next, but if this EP is any indication then it's going to rule for sure. Until that happens, Drought will suffice as a means of quenching our thirst...



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A welcome addition that will leave you thirsting for more....


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wacknizzle
June 25th 2012


13501 Comments


Good review, I've been wanting to check this album out. I heard Abrasive Swirling Murk and it was pretty sweet.

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Tyrael
June 25th 2012


20901 Comments


Hi guys! This was a real bitch to write...

Big thanks and a dedication to Crysis for helping me making this a bit more readable...

Constructive criticism is, as always, appreciated!

Salowe Vision: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KiVz270W5fY
Scorpions and Drought: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1mIi6ua5tE
The Crackled Book of Life: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JgED7nXlxZE

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
June 25th 2012


16137 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Solid effort. First track is a pretty good Neurosis impersonation.

Tyrael
June 25th 2012


20901 Comments


Damn I got ninja'd...

Oh yeah Angel I didn't even think of that, heh.


Crysis
Staff Reviewer
June 25th 2012


16440 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Big thanks and a dedication to Crysis for helping me making this a bit more readable...

You're very welcome. Pos, EP is awesome. "The Crackled Book of Life" is brilliant.

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BirthRite
June 25th 2012


1318 Comments


good review pos, ive heard this already

Azazzel
June 25th 2012


138 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Damn you got yours in just before mine. Hopefully they both get some attention. Nice job.

BirthRite
June 25th 2012


1318 Comments


WHAT

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
June 25th 2012


4443 Comments


"Hi guys! This was a real bitch to write...
Well, the final product is great. POS'd.

BirthRite
June 25th 2012


1318 Comments


hey what's going on PapaerbackWriter, you've been kinda elusive as of lately.

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
June 25th 2012


4443 Comments


@Birth
Oh yeah, I've been busy with some other stuff lately. but I've been trying to pop in to say hi and give some support/feedback to the other writers.

BirthRite
June 25th 2012


1318 Comments


righteous bro, well good to see you man, looking forward to your future reviews

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
June 25th 2012


4443 Comments


thanks, mate. I'll see you around as well.

Wizard
June 25th 2012


19524 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Drought, as impressive as it may be as a standalone effort, can and should not be viewed separately from the band's previous LP.

That's the problem with this and I think you should have reviewed it from that standpoint. If you've listened to their entire discography, you would realize that they never make the same E.P./ L.P. twice. This follows the Paracletus model way too closely, almost like they've hit a comfort zone and it sounds to me like these songs were just outtakes to that album. This is only deserving of a 3 and that's it, simply because it's still good but we've heard it all before instead of them reiventing themselves to some degree. I still respect your opinion and I grant you a post for solid writing.

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Wizard
June 25th 2012


19524 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Oh and Veritas Diaboli Manet... is still their best effort to date.

kingsoby1
Emeritus
June 26th 2012


4950 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is awesome. too bad i dont usually listen to EPs, probably missing a lot of great stuff.

Tyrael
June 26th 2012


20901 Comments


Oh wow two negs...

Oh well, thanks for the support & comments guys

clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
June 26th 2012


6487 Comments


I have no idea what Progressive Black Metal sounds like, but it sounds interesting, haha.

Good review, especially the second paragraph!

Digging: Andy Stott - Faith in Strangers

Tyrael
June 26th 2012


20901 Comments


Thanks man :]

You need to check out 'The Crackled Book of Life', I think you might dig it

clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
June 26th 2012


6487 Comments


If I find the time, I will :] As long as it's real atmospheric shit, I'll probably like it.



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