Deathspell Omega

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Deathspell Omega
Origin France
Genres Black metal, avant-garde metal
Years active 1998–present
Labels Norma Evangelium Diaboli
Northern Heritage
End All Life
Season of Mist

Deathspell Omega is a French black metal band. Their lyrical content deals primarily with Satanism on a metaphysical level – as the band has stated that "all other interpretations of Satan are intellectually invalid"[1] – and other various theological topics. They have also released a trilogy of concept albums which focus on the theological aspects of God, Satan and man's relationship with the two. They released their sixth album The Synarchy of Molten Bones on November 8, 2016.[2] Some of their lyrical inspiration revolved around existentialist themes coming from the French surrealist Georges Bataille[1][3] and the German idealist Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel.[4]

Biography[edit]

Initially, Deathspell Omega produced raw, traditional black metal akin to Darkthrone's Transilvanian Hunger. However, their 2004 release, Si monvmentvm reqvires, circvmspice, marked a change to a vastly more technical, experimental, and well-recorded sound featuring such musical influences as Russian Orthodox chanting and choral music.[5]

The band's work after Si monvmentvm reqvires, circvmspice has been even more experimental and technical, with their output in 2005—Kénôse, "Mass Grave Aesthetics" and "Diabolus absconditus"—totaling nearly eighty minutes in length, longer than Si monvmentvm reqvires, circvmspice. The second volume of the band's trilogy, Fas – Ite, Maledicti, in Ignem Aeternum, was released on July 16, 2007, outside the United States, and the following day within the United States, to considerable acclaim.[6][7] The band released another EP in January 2009, entitled Veritas Diaboli Manet in Aeternum: Chaining the Katechon. The final album in the trilogy, Paracletus, was released by Norma Evangelium Diaboli and Season of Mist on November 9, 2010.[8] The band's final work related to the trilogy,[9] titled Drought, was released on June 22, 2012.

Deathspell Omega's latest full-length album, The Synarchy of Molten Bones, was made available early to download and stream on October 31, 2016[10][11] with a full physical release on November 8.[12][13]

There is little to no concrete information about Deathspell Omega's lineup--they do not have any official website, social media platform or promotional photos, have never performed live and do not list credits in their releases. Finnish musician Mikko Aspa is most commonly cited as the vocalist.[14] [15] It is known that Hirilorn vocalist Shaxul was Deathspell Omega's vocalist until 2002, and has gone on record as leaving due to displeasure with the band's shift in themes.[16] Early interviews were deeply critical of the black metal scene,[17][18] and the last interview they agreed to was conducted by their North American label The Ajna Offensive, with questions and answers sent through the band's exclusive label, Norma Evangelium Diaboli, to preserve their identity.[19] In a 2018 interview with Loudwire, Tobias Forge, lead singer of the band Ghost, stated that the French synthwave artist Carpenter Brut (Franck Hueso) was Deathspell Omega’s producer.[20]

Discography[edit]

Compilation albums[edit]

EPs[edit]

Split releases[edit]

Demos[edit]

Compilation appearances[edit]

Box sets[edit]

  • Untitled 5LP vinyl box (2009): includes Infernal Battles, Inquisitors of Satan, Manifestations 2000-2001, Manifestations 2002, and the band's side of the split with Clandestine Blaze.
  • Untitled 7LP vinyl box (2012): includes Si Monumentum Requires, Circumspice, Kénôse, Diabolus Absconditus, Mass Grave Aesthetics, Fas - Ite, Maledicti, in Ignem Aeternum, Chaining the Katechon, Paracletus, and Drought[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Interview with Deathspell Omega". Kccricket.net. Retrieved May 15, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Deathspell Omega to Release 'The Synarchy of Molten Bones'". Loudwire. Retrieved 2016-11-01. 
  3. ^ "Is Black Metal Coming of Age?". Chronicles of Chaos. December 18, 2006. Retrieved August 12, 2012. 
  4. ^ "An Inquiry into the History and Evolution of Metaphysical Satanism in Black Metal". Tiny Mix Tapes. Retrieved January 20, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Deathspell Omega | Biography & History | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-11-01. 
  6. ^ "Fas -- Ite, Maledicti, in Ignem Aeternum". Allmusic. Retrieved August 12, 2012. 
  7. ^ "No. 2 on Brandon Stosuy's Best of 2007". Show No Mercy. Pitchfork Media. November 28, 2007. Retrieved August 12, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Paracletus' release date announced". Season of Mist. September 2, 2010. Retrieved September 4, 2010. 
  9. ^ a b "Drought's release date announced". Norma Evangelium Diaboli. May 25, 2012. Retrieved August 5, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Deathspell Omega – 'The Synarchy of Molten Bones'". Invisible Oranges - The Metal Blog. Retrieved 2016-11-01. 
  11. ^ "NoEvDia". NoEvDia. Retrieved 2016-11-01. 
  12. ^ "The Synarchy of Molten Bones, by Deathspell Omega". Noevdia News. Retrieved 2016-10-01. 
  13. ^ "The Synarchy of Molten Bones, by Deathspell Omega". Deathspell Omega. Retrieved 2016-10-22. 
  14. ^ "Outcast by Choice; an Interview with Mikko Aspa - Heathen Harvest". Heathen Harvest. 2016-01-02. Retrieved 2018-01-02. 
  15. ^ "Interview with Deathspell Omega". ezxhaton.kccricket.net. Retrieved 2018-01-02. 
  16. ^ "Interesting interview with Shaxul (ex-DsO) | Reanimator". reanimatormetal.proboards.com. Retrieved 2018-01-02. 
  17. ^ "northern+heritage+bm+-zine2-03.jpg (image)". 1.bp.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2018-01-02. 
  18. ^ "northern+heritage+bm+-zine2-04.jpg (image)". 4.bp.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2018-01-02. 
  19. ^ "Interview with Deathspell Omega". ezxhaton.kccricket.net. Retrieved 2018-01-02. 
  20. ^ "Tobias Forge: How Iron Maiden Influenced Ghost". Loudwire. Retrieved 2018-09-05. 

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