Deathspell Omega
Kenose


4.5
superb

Review

by Lord Pork USER (16 Reviews)
August 21st, 2017 | 22 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Tell me, sweet child, why are tears rolling from your eyes?

The drumbeat surges into play like a sea tide reemerging from slumber. It comes as no surprise that this is the build up for the true chaos to arise, for the hell within to be unleashed. Soon, melodic guitars echo in the background, followed by the murmurs of many. This escalates more and more, giving the listener a sense of apprehension of what exactly is about to happen. Then, everything stops... it's almost as though time is standing still. The murmers reignite, leaving only a few seconds to linger in the still waters of sound, before you get dragged into the rip current of fire. It begins.

A blistering riff is then blasted into the listeners ears without any hesitation. Pummelling drums soar and hyper-technical guitar playing pierce through the silence. From this, it is immediately noticeable that Deathspell Omega do not follow the beaten path in which most do. The bass follows almost jazz-like structures and strays away from the guitar playing, making it truly essential to the backbone of the three songs found on this EP. This style is original within Black Metal, and proves to be highly memorable, leaving the listener thirsting for more.

Throughout these sinister 30 minutes, the guitars conjure truly diabolical riffs, which emit a wonderfully evil atmosphere into the heart of the record. These riffs are often fast paced, with odd time signatures, highlighting the vast Avant-garde elements of this band. With this, comes horrendously fast stop-start moments peppered throughout the record, making the listener feel as though they've experienced a serious case of whiplash by the time the three-part epic draws to a close.

Surprisingly, the drums in this record are not always breaking the sound barrier. For the most part, they are found within a more comfortable mid-paced beat, whilst the guitars are doing the fast shredding. This is for the most part however, as the drummer truly does show he can hit a couple of hundred beats a minute. This comes with the more hectic moments of the record, which absolutely pummel the listener. These do prove as a test to whether one can cope with this band, and is surely rewarded if so.

The vocals in this record are impresingly consistent, and never fail to caese the malevolent nature being generated. It is fair to say these are not the best vocals a Deathspell Omega record has seen, but are amazing nonetheless. As for the lyrical content, it is of standard fashion for the band. But, that standard is of tremendously impressive proportions. This band is known for its highly philosophical content, as it is highly unusual for a band to put this much thought into lyrics. The subjects at hand on 'Kenose' are Kenosis and Plerosis, dealing with becoming an instrument to a deity and losing any hints of lust.

With all this, comes a truly horrific, yet enjoyable experience. From the unbelievable explosion that is the introduction, to the profanely evil jack-in-the-box-like sound within the break of the third track, this EP never lets up. It is dark, unique and simply a benchmark in the Deathspell Omega discography. It may take numerous listens to appreciate this record fully, as it is incredibly precise and layered. But by doing this, it makes it clear how massive of a 30 minute record this is. So much is condensed into it, and every bit is mesmerising. A truly captivating listen from start to end. Simply, a must listen.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
parksungjoon
August 21st 2017


8316 Comments


this sorely needed a review fitting of its true quality

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pjorn
August 21st 2017


4312 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

v nice



pos

Evok
August 21st 2017


7314 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great review. Amazing EP.

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BlackwaterPork
August 21st 2017


4182 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks for the kind words, I was hoping I could give this the review it deserved.

zaruyache
August 21st 2017


19529 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"profanely evil jack Ina box"



*jack-in-the-box

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dbizzles
August 21st 2017


12072 Comments


Fuck yeah, nice review.

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BlackwaterPork
August 22nd 2017


4182 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Fixed the jack-in-the-box, cheers for pointing that out

Demon of the Fall
December 14th 2017


7622 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

These guys deliver again. Man they have a lot of EPs, mostly highly rated ones as well. Good for listening to in short bursts on my lunch.

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osmark86
December 14th 2017


7256 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

DSO are generally very consistent imo.

Demon of the Fall
December 14th 2017


7622 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good to know. I've only heard this (once) & Fas, Ite/Veritas a few times a piece. Looking forward to jamming Paracletus at some point.

BlackwaterPork
December 14th 2017


4182 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Paracletus rips hard

osmark86
December 14th 2017


7256 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

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Demon of the Fall
December 14th 2017


7622 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

That 80 minute album looks intimidating. Not really sure why I'm even listening to these guys when I've not jammed Darkthrone or Burzum (amongst others) yet. They just looked intriguing.

BlackwaterPork
December 14th 2017


4182 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It’s a great album but is a lot to take in

osmark86
December 14th 2017


7256 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

tbh I think this band is infinitely more interesting than anything Burzum has outputted. classic kvlt or not. can't speak for Darkthrone as I haven't listened that much to them.

Demon of the Fall
December 14th 2017


7622 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Fair enough. It just seems nonsensical to me, yet here I am. I've heard some first wave stuff & also Emperor, Dissection & Enslaved. That's about it, I think.



The fact I've been listening to a lot of DM this year & I'd heard these guys described as the BM Ulcerate, plus all the mystique/lore surrounding them piqued my interest.

WretchedCacophony
December 14th 2017


601 Comments


I listened to DSO before Darkthrone or Burzum. Doesn't really matter what order you do it in.

Eons
January 27th 2018


1783 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

There's some spoken word parts in the first song and they're really haunting.

Eons
February 17th 2018


1783 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Man, III has some creepy chanting in the background. Super dark stuff.

Hawks
August 31st 2018


59780 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This doesn’t get anywhere near as much attention as it should so bump. m/

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