Death's Design

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Death's Design
Studio album by Diabolical Masquerade
Released March 2, 2001
Genre Ambient, avant-garde metal, extreme metal
Length 43:23
Label Avantgarde Music
Producer Dan Swanö
Diabolical Masquerade chronology
Nightwork
(1998)
Death's Design
(2001)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 starslink

Death's Design is Blakkheim's fourth and final album, released under the moniker of Diabolical Masquerade and his most experimental. The album is broken up into 20 movements, the shortest of which is just 6 seconds long. Also the album seems to be without genre, changing directions many times. According to the last update of Blakkheim's website it was to be an original motion picture soundtrack to a movie that was never made but that turned out to be a prank on everyone by Blakkheim. The European version features 61 tracks while the US release has 36, both have a similar length.

Track listing[edit]

1st Movement
No. Title Length
1. "Nerves in Rush"   00:06
2. "Death Ascends - The Hunt (Part I)"   00:16
3. "You Can't Hide Forever"   00:24
4. "Right on Time for Murder - The Hunt (Part II)"   01:31
2nd Movement
No. Title Length
5. "Conscious in No Materia"   00:40
6. "A Different Plane"   00:21
7. "Invisible to Us"   00:41
8. "The One Who Hides a Face Inside"   01:09
3rd Movement
No. Title Length
9. "...And Don't Ever Listen to What It Says"   00:57
10. "Revelation of the Puzzle"   00:57
11. "Human Prophecy"   00:20
12. "Where the Suffering Leads"   00:19
4th Movement
No. Title Length
13. "The Remains of Galactic Expulsions"   00:12
14. "With Panic in the Heart"   00:22
15. "Out from the Dark"   00:46
16. "Still Coming at You"   00:29
17. "Out from a Deeper Dark"   00:28
5th Movement
No. Title Length
18. "Spinning Back the Clocks"   01:42
6th Movement
No. Title Length
19. "Soaring over Dead Rooms"   02:19
7th Movement
No. Title Length
20. "The Enemy Is the Earth"   00:35
21. "Recall"   00:14
22. "All Exits Blocked"   00:35
23. "The Memory Is Weak"   00:11
24. "Struck at Random/Outermost Fear"   00:20
25. "Sparks of Childhood Coming Back"   00:27
8th Movement
No. Title Length
26. "Old People's Voodoo Seance"   01:25
27. "Mary-Lee Goes Crazy"   00:32
28. "Something Has Arrived"   00:15
29. "Possession of the Voodoo Party"   00:46
9th Movement
No. Title Length
30. "Not of Flesh, Not of Blood"   00:50
31. "Intact with a Human Psyche"   01:02
32. "Keeping Faith"   01:07
10th Movement
No. Title Length
33. "Someone Knows What Scares You"   00:30
34. "A Bad Case of Nerves"   00:50
35. "The Inverted Dream/No Sleep in Peace"   00:16
36. "Information"   00:17
37. "Setting the Course"   00:52
11th Movement
No. Title Length
38. "Ghost Inhabitants"   00:50
39. "Fleeing from Town"   01:02
40. "Overlooked Parts"   00:50
12th Movement
No. Title Length
41. "A New Spark - Victory Theme (Part I)"   00:49
42. "Hope - Victory Theme (Part II)"   01:01
43. "Family Portraits - Victory Theme (Part III)"   00:36
13th Movement
No. Title Length
44. "Smokes Start to Churn"   00:08
45. "Hesitant Behaviour"   01:35
46. "A Hurricane of Rotten Air"   00:19
14th Movement
No. Title Length
47. "Mastering the Clock"   00:55
15th Movement
No. Title Length
48. "They Come, You Go"   02:11
16th Movement
No. Title Length
49. "Haared el Chamon"   00:20
50. "The Egyptian Resort"   00:35
51. "The Pyramid"   00:24
52. "Frenzy Moods and Other Oddities"   01:10
17th Movement
No. Title Length
53. "Still Part of the Design - The Hunt (Part III)"   00:18
54. "Definite Departure"   00:37
18th Movement
No. Title Length
55. "Returning to Haared el Chamon"   00:45
56. "Life Eater"   00:32
57. "The Pulze"   00:27
58. "The Defiled Feeds"   00:36
19th Movement
No. Title Length
59. "The River in Space"   00:56
60. "A Soulflight Back to Life"   01:18
20th Movement
No. Title Length
61. "Instant Rebirth - Alternate Ending"   00:06
Total length:
43:23


Credits[edit]

Diabolical Masquerade

  • Blakkheim - rhythm/lead/ acoustic and midi guitars,ambiances and vocals
  • Dan Swanö - Keyboards, ambiences and lead guitar solo on "Keeping Faith" plus keyboard solo on "A Hurricane Of Rotten Air" (Session musician)
  • Sean C. Bates - Drums and percussion (Session musician)
  • Ingmar Döhn - Bass guitar (Session musician)

The Maalten Quartet, Estonia

  • Artieer Garsnek - violin #1
  • Jaak Gunst - violin #2
  • Heiki Schmolski - violin #3
  • Elmo Meltz - viola

Other Personnel

  • AAG (Dag Swanö)[1] - Guitar solo on "Possession Of The Voodoo Party", "Frenzy Moods And Other Oddities", "They Come, You Go", "Still Part Of The Design - The Hunt (Part III)" and "The Defiled Feeds"
  • Patrik Sesfors - jazz guitar on "Overlooked Parts" and "Mastering The Clock"
  • Konstantin Uweholst - cello
  • Jaari Fleger - grand piano

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dag "Aag" Swanö". Metal Storm. Retrieved 2012-02-13.