Album of the Day: Deathspell Omega – Fas – Ite, maledicti, in ignem aeternum

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  • Artist: Deathspell Omega
  • Album: Fas – Ite, maledicti, in ignem aeternum
  • Year: 2007
  • Label: Norma Evangelium Diaboli
  • Genre: Black Metal

Domine, in pulverem mortis deduxisti me, PERINDE AC CADAVER!

Arguably one of the most important black metal releases in the genre’s somewhat checkered history, France’s mysterious Deathspell Omega took a genre essentially spearheaded by a group of bored Norwegian teenagers and transformed it to a near religious experience in terms of their intellectual explorations of existentialism and mythology through the medium. Progression was always a dirty word in black metal, the great irony being that a genre that was founded with the intention of breaking all of the rules somehow ended up becoming severely restricted inside a series of strict and seemingly self-imposed rules from both bands and fans alike (although I suspect the oftentimes elitist fanaticism of the latter has a lot to answer for here). But Fas – Ite, maledicti, in ignem aeternum, the final part of a trilogy exploring, in particular, the themes of French anthropologist and philosopher Georges Bataille (eroticism, sovereignty, and transgression), is too grand and eloquent in scope to be regarded simply as a progression. Instead, I’d be more inclined to label it a revolution in the genre – a game changer, if you will. Equal parts aggressive and ambient, as well as psychologically evocative throughout, I have no doubt it will be looked back upon as a massively significant release in heavy music in general, and a hugely reinvigorating one within black metal specifically. It confronts listeners not just with the expected cacophony and viciousness of the genre, but also, perhaps unexpectedly at first, encourages reflection on and exploration of far more profound motifs.

Author: Andrew R Craddock

Metal and Spotify enthusiast, freelance copy-editor, writer, jolly nihilist.

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