Deathspell Omega– Fas – Ite, Maledicti, in Ignem Aeternum (“The Shrine of Mad Laughter” for sample)
The French black metal scene is notorious for not having a unanimous sound, unlike Sweden or Norway. In their chaotic avant-garde scene they find a unity in nonconfomity. Bands such as Blut Aus Nord or Deathspell Omega retain very secretive identities and compose esoteric lyrics that are philisophical and difficult to understand (if they even get published). Sometimes this artistic and unique take on metal even carries over to the Montreal scene, which has an extensive history of producing a wealth of extreme metal bands in the avant-garde sub-genre.
Deathspell Omega are perhaps the most archaic and occult inspired of the whole French metal and possibly the entire black metal underground. The members own and run their own recrod label “Norma Evangelium Diaboli” which has a near microscopic output of exclusively black metal releases such as Antaeus and Funeral Mist. No one knows who they truly are, and that which is known is usually more of a rumor than a fact.
“Fas – Ite, Maledicti, in Ignem Aeternum” is the second piece in a trilogy of albums, the first being “Si Monumentum Requires, Circumspice” and the final being “Paracletus”. “Fas…” stands out to me as the most abstract, on a sonic level. The other band’s releases have defined song endings and beginnings, maybe not so much a chorus but the occasional bridge or repeated verse will turn up every now and then. This pitch black chunk of dark sermon, however, is jagged and deranged with random melodies fading in and out and gaps of silence sharply ending swelling compositions. Lyrically the album is clandestine and complex, reading like an alchemy text book or an occult ritual. If you are a fan of black metal, the dark arts, or artistic music, I suggest getting some music by these mysterious gentlemen.