Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Deathspell Omega - Veritas Diaboli Manet in Aeternum: Chaining the Katechon (2008)

How does one follow up a masterpiece like Fas Ite Maledicti, in Ignem Aeternum? Well, aside from the two excellent Manifestations comps from earlier this year...this is your answer. A new EP with a single track clocking in over 22 minutes, and damned good.

To begin, there isn't a large stylistic difference from some of the faster material on the previous album. Parts of the EP sound as if they'd fit right into Fas Ite Maledicti..., but these are timed cautiously amid a depressing yet beautiful journey of slower, progressive post-black metal with swerving, graceful guitars and pensively structured rasping. Several passages beyond the midpoint of the track exhibit a further experimentation in bizarre, discordant material, including some horns.

In the end, "Chaining the Katechon" never dulled for me, it was an intriguing listen throughout, with is more than I can say for many of these long, single-track albums and EPs. It should appeal to any fans of the band's more modern material, their previous 'trilogy' of albums. For myself, Deathspell Omega is the true master of French black metal, a band which has delivered solid old school records but evolved into something far more throughout the years. This EP is further evidence of that, and I cannot wait until the next full-length.

Verdict: Win [8/10]

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