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Review: Deathspell Omega - Veritas Diaboli Manet in Aeternum: Chaining the Katechon
Deathspell Omega
Veritas Diaboli Manet in Aeternum: Chaining the Katechon

Label: The Ajna Offensive
Year released: 2009
Duration: 22:12
Tracks: 1
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: February 25, 2009
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
Readers Rating
Veritas Diaboli Manet in Aeternum: Chaining the Katechon

Rated 3.92/5 (78.33%) (24 Votes)

Even though I have worked on their previous release, namely Kenose, I did not recall Deathspell Omega as being so weird, so to speak! Chaining the Katechon is their latest "single" and 22 minutes long release.

From the beginning, you know that it is not going to be an easy listen, and man, is this a Hellenist ride! You might want to call their music avant-gardist, noisy, experimental or simply all of the above, and you’d be probably right! Personally, I consider Chaining the Katechon 22 minutes of complex and chaotic Black Metal. This type of weirdness is right up my alley, no doubt about it! One will hear, through a variation of paces and mood, dissonant guitar work, pummeling and pounding drums, strong bass lines, haunting keyboards, deep rasps, and ghostly and sickly wicked cleaner vocals. The mood could be chaotic/noisy (most of the time), spacey/ambient, psychedelic, even calm at times with funny sounding arpeggios or much more intense in other parts. You will witness more harmonies in the quieter moments as well as a certain melodic edge. The guitars are usually slightly distorted, but can become heavier and crushing the next minute. I was able to recognize a bit of a Robert Fripp (King Cromson) influence in the guitar playing.

With all that being said, I understand that Deathspell Omega is not for every set of ears, and it might require some training before being able to actually understand what has been composed here.

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