After all the praise that was heaped upon this band’s last album, “Si Monvmentvm Reqvires Circvmspice”, DEATHSPELL OMEGA return with this amazing EP, which is intended to be an appendix of sorts for the aforementioned album. Well, right off the bat I must say that this is one of the best EP’s that I have ever heard and it just proves yet again that this French Black Metal beast is still full of fury, hate and inspiration.
There are only three tracks on here, simply titled “I”, “II” and “III”. Each clock in at an average time of about 12 minutes (!!), something unusual for most Black Metal bands and they manage to hold my attention for every minute. Now, if you don’t like this band or Black Metal in general, then you probably wont like this, but for all of us out there that like our grim and unsettling Black art, it simply doesn’t get much better than this.
The album starts off quietly with some mesmerizing drum and bass/synth interplay, before all hell breaks loose and we are punished with harsh vocals, blistering drumming and tons of unorthodox and intricate time changes and riffs. That is this band’s strongest asset – to incorporate technicality and brains into their brand of “ugly” Black Metal, all the while maintaining their “kvlt” factor. The second track is the highlight here for me, with its amazing drumming (especially the cymbal crashes in the middle – reminds me of those in the BLACK SABBATH track “Supernaut”) and hate-filled vocals. As mentioned before, the songs are all quite long with many time changes and such, but it never sounds pretentious or boring – I can only imagine what they will come up with on their next full length…
This EP also comes with a 40 page (!!) booklet full of abstract images and lyrics (in Latin, English and German it seems), so it is immediately evident that this EP isn’t just some half-baked stopgap offering to keep fans busy until the next album, this is well thought-out and intelligent Black Art, that holds a deep cryptic beauty. Interestingly they quote the Bible a lot in the lyrics – but not in a very Christian way obviously… :)
I highly recommend this EP to any fan of underground Black Metal, you won’t be disappointed!! If there is one negative aspect of this release it is that the vocals sound more akin to Death Metal (a la Immolation), than most Black metal, but they nevertheless remain effective. This EP will reign supreme in the cold, frostbitten hellish woods of the Black Metal Olymp…or something like that… Get this now!!! (Online March 5, 2006)