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Review: Deathspell Omega - The Furnaces of Palingenesia
Deathspell Omega
The Furnaces of Palingenesia

Label: Norma Evangelium Diaboli
Year released: 2019
Duration: 45:23
Tracks: 11
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: December 23, 2019
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
The Furnaces of Palingenesia

Rated 4.25/5 (85%) (4 Votes)

Deathspell Omega is one of those bands that I either love or hate because their albums can be so different, not unlike what Enslaved have been doing for the past 15 years or so. The Furnaces of Palingenesia fortunately fall into the "love" category, being less experimental and weird that some of their other albums and closer to what you expect from post-1990s French black metal. That's the backbone and it checks all the checkboxes, providing a good foundation for the band to do their thing—some experimentation and trippy stuff—without being a turn-off for those more into the traditional stuff, like yours truly. The album is largely slow to mid-paced and packs in enough diversity to keep the listener busy. In a way I'm reminded a little bit of Mardraum-era Enslaved, only this is not based on Viking black metal. An album that warrants many listens to really take it all in.

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