Deathspell Omega – “The Furnaces of Palingenesia”-album review

Deathspell is a band that has kept themselves hidden and surrounded by mystery. Few things are known about the band but the music has been consistently good, so nobody...

Deathspell is a band that has kept themselves hidden and surrounded by mystery. Few things are known about the band but the music has been consistently good, so nobody cared that much about the humans behind the art. “The Furnaces of Palingenesia” is considered to be the seventh album of the French band (not including Compilation albums, EP’s and others), it was released on 24th of May 2019. The wait for this album was excruciating, since the band, with every albums is shaking off the classic Black metal sound for a more complex, abstract vibe.

“The Furnaces of Palingenesia” has 11 songs:

1)Neither Meaning nor Justice;

2)The Fires of Frustration;

3) Ad Arma! Ad Arma!;

4) Splinters from Your Mother’s Spine;

5) Imitatio Dei;

6)1523 ;

7)Sacrificial Theopathy ;

8) Standing on the Work of Slaves;

9) Renegade Ashes;

10)Absolutist Regeneration;

11)You Cannot Even Find the Ruins…

The album is strangely distorted and gives you chills as you proceed to listen every song. It is still a Black metal album, but in a modern way. For sure a Deathspell album, it is weird how they can play so much with their sound yet still make you feel with every bone in your body that this is still the same band.  The album is softer than what we are used to hear from them but still has it’s aggression. Progressive tempos are build-up giving the album a mysterious sound that  is sadistic. To put this album into a image I can see a beautiful ballerina dancing gracefully and with every second passing by  we can see her schizophrenia acting out. Soft dance and madness combine. I am surprised how well balanced this album came to be. It is solid and strong, we all can feel how refined it is. I could imagine the band going on and off and checking and double checking every note to make sure it fits properly. The lyrics and songs are made to play with the idea of rebirth, following a long history  of deep and well-build abstract albums by this band. It is amusing how the album focuses on this theme and hard to figure out if this album is made to symbolize the rebirth of this band, the bridge of maturity, or just follows the same lyrical themes as the past albums. This is not an album for you if you are one of those guys that never stop complaining about how “the old stuff was better”. It is a breath of fresh air but still provides sufficient data to know this is Deathspell Omega. For a band formed back in 1998 Deathspell has proven once again that it can keep up with any new band or new vibe. Is one of the few old Black metal bands that managed to change themself to provide authentic and modern Black metal. This album has incorporated small details here and there that you definitely need to give it 3-4 good listening to catch them all. The album is a totally maddening combination of soft notes and mayhem, purity and rebellion, the ultimate fight over the sick mind.

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