Deathspell Omega
The Long Defeat


2.0
poor

Review

by AGuy666 USER (1 Reviews)
March 29th, 2022 | 45 replies


Release Date: 03/23/2022 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A Eulogy for Deathspell Omega

The conductor has left the building.

Actually, he’s in the corner noodling around on a prototype guitar. He announced that detail several times before they started their set. I think the band is still playing, though - can you believe it? They’ve invited all their homies to take turns spitting lines. It kinda sucks. Wait, who’s playing again?

This sounds like one of those interminable nights I’ve wasted waiting for Celeste or Russian Circles or any of their nameless, forgettable and forgotten ilk to stop playing from two rooms over. This can’t be the headliner, can it? This certainly isn’t the same band that put out Si Monumentum, Chaining the Katechon, or Paracletus.

No... They’re actually calling it the same band, and the dude who I’ve long imagined is the principal songwriter - nay, one of the greatest living legends of a guitarist and composer - is sitting in a corner, hovering over A. He’s been doing that for quite some time.

Across the room, the drummer - the same drummer who laid down the first glorious minute of Devouring Famine - is locking a rock-beat. He knows the beat’s wack. He’s also been doing that for quite some time. Occasionally they’ll lock into something else, and then something else. They work themselves into a trem/blast section or two. Maybe they’re saving a few decent riffs, like that one off the end of the title track. “Who knows where this crazy train is going, man?” Yes, they’re feeling out a vibe - and it’s a really fucking boring one.

A decade and a half ago, Deathspell Omega was something that you could count on to deliver a passionate, fully realized multimedia experience, and even a few timeless classics. Sure, there was Diabolus Absconditus. And Fas is sketchy, at times - though the consensus is overwhelmingly positive. But this?

For the first time in their career, they had to play up the multimedia angle. I had a feeling reading the press release, and it wasn’t a good one. Do you remember when they'd just drop an album with nothing but the tracklist, and it turned out to be just as earth-shattering as the last? It was fucking inspiring.

Let me delineate the self-proclaimed “three eras of DsO:” (1) a competent black metal band that would eventually get usurped by a precocious guitarist and songwriter and his equally precocious cadre of instrumentalists; (2) something completely else that became the vehicle for that songwriter to fully realize a grand artistic vision, to confront, integrate, and surpass all of his influences, with a few excellent addendums at the end that seemed like the beginnings of a potentially just-as-great post-spiritual “third era”; (3) the burned and bonged-out remains of that vehicle, sputtering along under the same name, hinting at going this way or that way. It just doesn’t work. Someone needs to sober up and take the wheel, and I really, really hope it’s the guy who put together Carnal Malefactor.

That songwriter has checked out - nay, he may have just slumped over and died. But instead of exiting the stage left (which could have really occurred after Drought) and continuing to release music under a different moniker, he decided the new course was to jam with those same instrumentalists, throw in a few extra homies on vocals (and maybe obfuscate their position on He Who Shall Not Be Named's involvement, haha that’ll show the lefties), and somehow bill the results under Deathspell’s name.

Was Ketola’s art really that important to their overall vision? Perhaps it really was. It’s something to consider - a Deathspell album without Ketola’s visuals… but here we have it, in all its glory. Someone or something had to break down one day, but I didn’t think that someone would be the architect of Paracletus.

From Si Monumentum to Furnaces, every section had its place. There was breathing room for jamming, sure - but the structure of everything was worked out, because they were trying to create new and good structures. Actually, they were trying to do something really, really great, something that would be influential - even if it were overlooked in our time. They wanted to do something that would potentially galvanize generations of musicians to go beyond the dumb bullshit that permeated underground music.

I can’t say the same for this thing. I really wish things had worked out differently, but here we are. This could have - nay, should have - been billed as one of those forgettable supergroup bands that put out an EP and die, but instead this is supposed to be called… Deathspell Omega? No. Someone wake me up from this nightmare.

Ulcerate is a band that began composing records together while they jam, and have always since created interesting and good results. Deathspell Omega is a band that, at its best, probably worked like an autocracy. For me, this record confirms that hypothesis.

Imagine if Death Grips had billed one of their dodgy EP's as a record, or if Kayo Dot put out a talked-up early version of Coyote. That's this record. It's just as bad as how a band like ISIS went out - maybe worse. It's just so tactless and self-deluded, and speaks to a lack of integrity. And the confusion as to its EP or LP status (fueled by how it is labeled on some streaming platforms) implies even a lack of confidence - a rightful one. Deathspell can't even decide what this is.

Traditionalist metalbro types used to call this band pretentious, which actually means high talk and lack of content. This was never actually the case. Liturgy always was a pretentious band. With this record, Deathspell became one.

What a swansong. I never imagined it would go down like this, though. When I read those Bardo interviews, I thought to myself, "This is what committing career suicide looks like." This record is apparently what it sounds like.

Long live Deathspell Omega.


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AGuy666
March 29th 2022


11 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

I had fun writing this, moreso than I did listening to this piece of shit. Thanks for the read.



EDIT: I’m not a mod or staff member. I just hate this record. I have been a rabid DsO fan since around Fas came out.

parksungjoon
March 29th 2022


44601 Comments


youve claimed all this time
that you would die for me
why then are you so surprised
when you hear your own eulogy

ToSmokMuzyki
March 29th 2022


1862 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

hell yea more dso reviews written by accs created day of



goddamn it park foff with that shit

Digging: Beirut - Gulag Orkestar

Aluktodolo
March 29th 2022


331 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

The way he talked up the band during that painful Bardo interview, you’d have thought they were about to drop their magnum opus, not a completely throwaway black metal/rock album with riffs that sound like MGLA cast offs and vocal performances that represent the absolute worst cliches of the genre. I had a listen to Kenose yesterday, just to check I hadn’t overrated this band from the start, and the quality of musicianship, composition and guitar work is so far above and beyond this current album that it’s almost laughable.

ToSmokMuzyki
March 29th 2022


1862 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

and this one got approved right away too



quick everyone get on ur alts and write long defeat reviews we can cover the front page in dso

AGuy666
March 29th 2022


11 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

My girlfriend likes this record.

KnickFurey
March 29th 2022


184 Comments


This is going to be another quality thread isn't it.

ToSmokMuzyki
March 29th 2022


1862 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

at least its rated more or less correctly



dso is a chick magnet ngl

alkostach
March 29th 2022


277 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

A, shit. This sits in my backlog waiting for a spin. I never got into DsO and I don't think this will change it, but still it's too big to miss out on, especially if it's so contentious.

AGuy666
March 29th 2022


11 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

This record makes Wavering Radiant sound good.

JS19
March 29th 2022


7762 Comments


Awful, awful review - doesn't even begin to describe anything about this album or what's up with it or what it sounds like or, just about anything really

Can someone fill me in? What happened with this record? DSO usually solid

AGuy666
March 29th 2022


11 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

To sum it up, DsO dropped a record that's 45 minutes of semi-structureless recordings of them jamming with little in the way of riffs or anything very interesting going on, managing to sound like a far less competent, amateurish band. There's a decent section or two. Basically every element that was great about their sound is not present in this record. You have to hear it to believe how bad it is.

alkostach
March 29th 2022


277 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

In modern day and age, when everyone can listen to any album at any time I don't think that an accurate description of sound is the most important thing. If the read is fun it's almost all I need, whether I agree on the conveyed ideas or not I can judge by myself, no?



But on the other hand I'd agree, that after reading this I have no idea what AGuy's problem with this album is, which would be a thing I miss. But calling this awful is an overstatement.

AGuy666
March 29th 2022


11 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

My problem with this record is that it sucks. It sounds like a far shittier band playing uninteresting material for too long, with no sense of direction or urgency. That sense of necessity was one of the things that made Deathspell Omega (and a lot of other bands) great. This could have been 20 minutes of more refined material, or (better yet) not existed.

Storm In A Teacup
March 29th 2022


40160 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Tldr, pos'd. 🤣🤣🤣

alkostach
March 29th 2022


277 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Well, I'm still not sure what you exactly mean. I'm sure you have a point. Paracletus also has like 20 something minutes of amazing music and rest is just meandering, but it's still a quality album.



Anyways my sense of urgency is growing, gotta listen to dis asap. I hope it's not as structureless as you say.

AGuy666
March 29th 2022


11 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

For me, those sections on Paracletus weren't meandering. They were necessary spaces, kinda like how Jane Doe or Panopticon had those, or any great record that's proggy. This record, on the other hand, has spaces of neglect rather than intent, kinda when you’re watching a shitty post-whatever band struggle to stay awake during their own set. It’s pretentious. For DsO, it’s worse - it feels like an abuse of their name.



It is just, like, my opinion brah - I hope you actually find something cool in it.

Azog
March 29th 2022


813 Comments


Sure, they've done better. Doesn't mean it's bad. Some distinct post and prog influences shining through, this just may be one of those transitional albums. Not my favorite DsO release, but a welcome one nevertheless.

AGuy666
March 29th 2022


11 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Hope you’re right.

Aluktodolo
March 30th 2022


331 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

There’s nothing ‘post’ or ‘prog’ about this. It’s some of the most linear and turgid sounding melodic BM you’ll hear. Think of the most boring second wave riffs, slow them down, play them in to the ground whilst doing nothing interesting rhythmically, and you’ve got the framework for this entire album.



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