Deathspell Omega - Kenose (Southern Lord Recordings) - Back
There is a certain mystique that surrounds the band Deathspell Omega. While they pay tribute to other black metal elite, they include a technique that sets them apart from the rest. For one thing, you feel and evil presence due to the dark atmosphere and eerie melodies, very pressing on your soul. Along with aggressive black metal riffing, speed driven riffs (we are talking blistering fast), and intense blast beats, “Kenose” is definitely for any true-black metal fan. Many bands come to mind…Dark Funeral, Emperor, Burzum, Mayhem, Enslaved, Dissection, Neurosis, Ved Buens Ende, etc. An album blessed with fire! Grim, elite, progressive, black metal, what else could you want? They keep their dynamics up, but changing their approach throughout each song. With a few more well selected parts, this would have been way up their for me. This thirty-seven minute CD has three well-written and lengthy tunes. Their length might be one downfall of this album, but that’s only if you don’t appreciate fully developed songs. The disc includes a 40-page booklet, which is enclosed in a Digipack case.


Reviewed By: Jeffrey D. Adkins