DEATHSPELL OMEGA — Paracletus (review)

DEATHSPELL OMEGA — Paracletus album cover Album · 2010 · Black Metal Buy this album from MMA partners
5/5 ·
“Paracletus” – the last of the grand three...and what a great job these guys did by maintaining the standards set by “Si Monvmentvm Reqvires, Circvmspice” and “Fas - Ite, Maledicti, in Ignem Aeternum”. If the first album from this trilogy came as a complete surprise, the success of “Fas - Ite, Maledicti, in Ignem Aeternum” (2007) and “Paracletus” (2010) in completing this majestic three-piece work of art was somehow expected by the release made in 2005 (the absolutely phenomenal “Kénôse”) and in 2008 (with the excellent duo “Veritas Diaboli Manet in Aeternum: Chaining the Katechon” – “Mass Grave Aesthetics”). So, after two ground-breaking albums and three exceptional EPs, “Paracletus” came as a natural continuation of their unique style that has influenced and changed the Black Metal scene.

Unlike the previous two albums, “Paracletus” starts off with straightforward riffing and playful cymbals; no choral intros, no atmospheric constructions, just sheer brutality. ‘Epiklesis’ I and II both contain verses in English, Latin and in the newly-added French (I was wondering when will they write in their own language). While the album delivers a more standard Black Metal style (starting from ‘Wings of Predation’ and ‘Abscission’), the dissonant guitars are omnipresent, side-by-side with the chaotic bass and drums that build-up great structures in the evolution of ‘Dearth’, ‘Phosphene’, ‘Malconfort’, ‘Have You Beheld the Fevers?’. And so we stand before ‘Devouring Famine’ and ‘Apokatastasis Pantôn’ – you will get crushed by the incredible polyrhythmic fast-drumming. Everything speeds-up at the end, the feelings get more intense than ever while the haunting guitars just tear you apart; all that has been constructed, created with great skill will crumble upon you from immense heights to intense burning depths.

“You were seeking strength, justice, splendour! You were seeking love!

Here is the pit, here is your pit! Its name is SILENCE…”

...and this fabulous trilogy comes to an end. The value of Deathspell Omega’s work is unquestionable when it comes to atmosphere, ideology, verse-writing, technique, construction and destruction.
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