Deathspell Omega
The Synarchy of Molten Bones


4.5
superb

Review

by ramon. CONTRIBUTOR (48 Reviews)
November 2nd, 2016 | 709 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Swelling imminence.

Anonymity is an incredible thing. The willingness to don a veil of invisibility to perpetuate genuine artistic endeavors should be commended in the age of the internet. A refusal of disclosure is fitting of Deathspell Omega's cryptic sound and The Synarchy Of Molten Bones is nigh impregnable. More so than anything, this release is the sound of swelling imminence; every song is underpinned by an uninterrupted flow of unnerving motion. Prominence for their intense synergy of compositional dynamics is almost drowned out. Every decision is made in preparation for the next, with songs living in a moment-to-moment basis. Regardless, a calculated and auratic grip hangs above, refusing to subside until long after the album comes to a close.

The Synarchy Of Molten Bones represents the band at their most direct. Every progression is glued together by a strict adherence to flow. This is not to say the album is predictable. Rather, transitions between riffs and intervals are seamless and steady, with sudden tonal shifts being used sparingly enough that their occurrences bring intentional shock rather than disjointed frustration. It is an interesting approach considering how similar the tone and feel of the record feels like the second half of Fas, regardless of the minimal use of breaks and pauses between the blasting. The opener/title track exemplifies the similarity as it slowly builds to a climax which it then proceeds to sit atop for the majority of its run length. Even during the waves of angular bass lines, inexorable kit punishment and spindly fret wizardry, the band manages to seep an unnerving ambiance in either through effects or astute harmonic progressions. It is unforced and feeds into the enigmatic image the band portray through the organic way in which it presents itself. On rare occasion, it appears at the forefront; "Onward where Most with Ravin I may meet" concludes with a small surge of atmospheric intensity before plunging into a very Paracletus-esque fading arpeggio.

Experimentation is not a priority with The Synarchy Of Molten Bones. Brevity might be a trait adopted from the more experimental releases in the band's discography (namely, the EPs), but this still invokes an atmosphere of narration seen in the prior full-lengths through its keen direction. With every instrument constantly busy throughout the duration of The Synarchy Of Molten Bones, the untapped mayhem becomes a medium for the sparse alterations in dynamics to act as key events in a winding and twisted tale. From an instrumental standpoint, this is a wildly impressive endeavor. Deathspell Omega is performing at their most technical from start to finish: obscenely rapid kit fills, almost indecipherable walls of dissonant riffing, and ravaged growls that punctuate every movement with uncompromising aggression prove that the band is far from losing their touch. Seeing them manage to retain this unflinching violence within a release that is simultaneously short and focused is impressive to say the least. It is a release comfortable with its sound, unapologetic in its belligerence, and dedicated in its desire to flow.

There is something seismic about The Synarchy Of Molten Bones, something larger than the walls of sound and the repetitions of fury. In a very short amount of time with a very selective approach to obvious dynamic shifts, a haunting account has been relayed. This isn't a band bound by temerarious vigor, nor is it a band devoid of creative intrigue. There is no intense dependency on subjecting listeners to hordes of reverberated synths or incessantly cavernous production values. When the time calls for a shift, the song will shift appropriately. Initially, I felt that this release was predictable in light of the band's impenetrable back catalog. However, as the songs continued to effortlessly drift between stages of despondency, anger, and depravity, it became more and more apparent that The Synarchy Of Molten Bones was persistently one step ahead. It understood my predictions, and fed me the right movements exactly when I needed it to. Not a second wasted, not a stone left unturned. Somehow, within an album so dense with colossal climaxes, I have still been left rocked by the immersing subtleties laced within the havoc.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
ramon.
Contributing Reviewer
November 2nd 2016


3008 Comments


I absolutely adore this. Probably my favourite EP-length release from the band, Kenose included. Hope y'all are enjoying your day! 4.3/5.0

brainmelter
November 2nd 2016


6352 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

wait I thought this hadn't officially released yet

good review tho

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hal1ax
November 2nd 2016


13600 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

top shelf nuggetry

brainmelter
November 2nd 2016


6352 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

super top shelf moon rocks

oltnabrick
November 2nd 2016


36770 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lol this is nice

Digging: Sun Ra - Jazz in Silhouette

Evreaia
November 2nd 2016


5083 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"wait I thought this hadn't officially released yet"



It is, they even started shipping the vinyls out yesterday.

Sinternet
November 2nd 2016


19355 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

tight as fuck

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Shadowmire
November 2nd 2016


4635 Comments


great review great record

TVC15
November 2nd 2016


9957 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

HYPE



Sure as hell may be one of their shortest but goddam it's everything awesome about the band wrapped up into a 29 minute relentless beating. My only complaint if anything is how loud the production is

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JohnnyOnTheSpot
Emeritus
November 2nd 2016


6695 Comments


turn the volume down a tad

necropig
November 2nd 2016


5349 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

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AdolfChrist
November 2nd 2016


20929 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Fuck, i cant wait to hear this in its entirety.

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ramon.
Contributing Reviewer
November 2nd 2016


3008 Comments


funny because I only caught onto the topic after posting the review

TVC15
November 2nd 2016


9957 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

"turn the volume down a tad"



I had it the lowest possible volume without it being too quiet and it still slightly hurt my ears at the end of every listen



Shadowmire
November 2nd 2016


4635 Comments


its way too loud but it doesnt clip on flac at least

ramon.
Contributing Reviewer
November 2nd 2016


3008 Comments


i went to a gig once and forgot ear plugs and it kinda hurt my ears a little bit but that's ok because the gig was only a few hours

it is DsO. no surprises

Evok
November 2nd 2016


7679 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Awesome review. Gonna have to spin it a dew more times before I can judge its place in their catalogue.

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Moge
November 2nd 2016


402 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This needs some digestion, but that is how it is with DSO tho so

TVC15
November 2nd 2016


9957 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Yeah I was listening to it on the band's bandcamp page and I didn't hear any flagrant clipping



DsO live? How did they conceal their identity if at all

magicuba
November 2nd 2016


1368 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I am liking this



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