DEIPHAGO - I, The Devil CD
DEIPHAGO are arguably the most violent band on the planet, as well as one of the most envelope-pushing. Over the course of four albums - 2006's Satanik Eon, 2009's Filipino Antichrist, 2012's Satan Alpha Omega, and 2015's Into the Eye of Satan, the latter three all released by HELLS HEADBANGERS - and with a history spanning 30 years, this power-trio have challenged the norms of black metal, death metal, even extreme metal in general, resulting in a catalog that's unchallenged and untouchable. Quite simply, DEIPHAGO are without peer, and I, The Devilunderlines this fact with no uncertainty.
Always pushing themselves, DEIPHAGO teamed up with producer Kurt Ballou (Converge) to record I, The Devil, with mastering handled by Brad Boatright (Audiosiege), and the legendary Joe Petagno returns to do the album's cover art. Featuring eight songs in 40 minutes, I, The Devil sees DEIPHAGO taking their ever-singular "Experimental Hyper-speed Satanic Bestial Metal" down avenues both more violent and more angular. No other nowadays metal band sounds this extreme - extreme violence, extreme progressiveness, extreme EXTREMITY - and I, The Devil shall prove, once again, that DEIPAGHO are truly in a league all their own. If the Colin Marston-produced predecessor Into the Eye of Satan displayed a band aiming for the most atonal and challenging ends of the black/death spectrum, then I, The Devil will prove that DEIPHAGO have crossed their Rubicon - and they've left everyone behind, cowering in their conservatism.