Deathspell Omega - Drought EP (Norma Evangelium Diaboli)

Music for satanic contemplation...
Release Date: 
31 Jul 2012 - 11:30pm

Those crazy French black metallers are at it again; following up from 2010's Paracletus album, Deathspell Omega have released the Drought EP; just over 20 minutes of spectacular satanic speculations spread across 6 tracks of blackness.

Salowe Vision opens the EP with it's slow, dramatic chord changes; it's not black metal as such but it's dark and atmospheric, and as instrumentals go, I like it. Next is Fiery Seprents and there's a lot going on here; this is your more traditional black metal with layers and layers and layers of instruments. The vocals are suitably raspy and despite the chaos, there's something indefinably appealing about this track. This is followed up by Scorpions & Drought - there's a bizarre 'flow' that connects all the tracks on this EP; perhaps it's the insane drumming or the disorientating wall of noise created by the guitars - for what ever reason, the chaotic musical forms are most alluring and I'm really enjoying this little corner of darkness.

Apparently Deathspell have some preoccupation with satanism on a metaphysical level but as I'm having trouble deciphering the 'chisel dragged across a cheese grater' vocal delivery, I'll just take their word for it. Sand is all too brief at 1.38; a gorgeously hypnotic number with a highly structured intro intersected with hideously bent notes and Abrasive Swirling Murk is wave after devastating wave of aural chaos. There are some beautiful moments when the percussion pierces through, as well as the occassionally grasped lyric that filters down through the madness. There are so many disjointed tones all at war with one another yet somehow they create a tangible whole. Lovely. The last minute was achingly sad and had me almost reaching for the tissues. The last track on here is The Crackled Book of Life, an exercise in restraint with a massive bass jaunt about a third of the way in. Add some distorted strings and choral notes and it's a perfect track to finish on. This is a great song for reflecting on the inevitability of Satan's triumph and it finishes off the album in spectacular fashion. An EP of delight. Go check it out.