DEATHSPELL OMEGA - Fas- Ite, Maledicti, In Ignem Aeternum LP
French Satanic apostles Deathspell Omega continue their spiritual and intellectual quest for the Devil on their fourth full-length studio album, Fas—Ite, Maledicti, in Ignem Aeternum. Continuing where 2004’s Si Monumentum Requires, Circumspice left off, this record is part two of a trilogy of concept albums that collectively deal with famous theological matters from the point of view of a spiritually developing Satanist. As usual, the band does not let up on the cryptographic nature of their espoused ideas, as evident from their seemingly indecipherable title (again), wanton abuse of uncommon and difficult vocabulary, and the usage of provoking imagery within the CD booklet. The title is Latin for “Divine law—depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire!”
As with the previous album, there is perfect synergy between the music and the nature of the lyrical ideas presented. The introductory version of “Obombration” sets the surreal atmosphere into place with monotonous chanting followed by the familiar Silent Hill-esque guitar passages Deathspell Omega is now so well known for, while the exiting version of “Obombration” experiments delightfully with avant-garde jazz elements like atonal piano chord progressions and brass fanfare tainted with dark tonal colors, giving the record a contrasting yet atmospherically apt closure. The four tracks in between follow in the style of the standout tracks of Si Monumentum Requires, Circumspice—namely, “Second Prayer”, “Third Prayer”, and “Carnal Malefactor”—containing numerous passages of vicious black metal assaults that are frequently punctuated by out-of-this-world guitar melodies that plod along at a doom metal pace to invoke a creepy sense of foreboding.
As French-born Canadian sci-fi author and musician Dantec once said, “True art is cruel by definition.” Indeed, Deathspell Omega have successfully channeled to us yet another awe-inspiring record from beyond the mortal realms of our world, and which abides by this tenet very closely. Certainly not for those who aren’t esoterically inclined or seekers of pure sensorial entertainment, this is yet another exceptional masterpiece that will be thoroughly enjoyed by people who have obtained the elusive acquired taste for experimental forms of black metal.
This Gatefold LP comes with an A2 poster and a 20 page booklet.
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