Thursday, 11 November 2010

Deathspell Omega - Have You Beheld the Fevers?

Here's my current favourite track from the new Deathspell Omega album Paracletus, out on Norma Evangelium Diaboli and Season of Mist this week.  It's not as cryptically dense and technically convoluted as the previous albums but it is immensely profficient, and the short time I've been listening to it is hardly enough to take in the full majesty of what is undoubtedly hidden within the full 42 minutes of this record. After just a couple of listens, it's proven itself intensely captivating so far. It loosens up a bit more than previously with a couple of the tracks rocking a free flowing momentum that's is less cosmically destructive than the light devouring black holes of Si Momentum... and Fas..., but it involves the same contracting and expanding dynamics, ratcheting up the pressure, summoning up a tumultuous storm of energy and holding on to it, releasing it in an all consuming blast such as this track, Have You Beheld The Fevers? or in incremental burts over Devouring Famine - few black metal tracks this year begin on as grand a magnitude of violence as that.  Dearth has a slower, doomier pace, the thick bass line snaking along its course and there is a lot of mid-pace to allow the guitar signatures to really flourish and pick out detail.  It's no lean feral record that's for sure and its richness looks like it will be massively rewarding.  So far, so awesome.

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