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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 7, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Noevidia
  • ASIN: B000EVQ5QI
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #516,582 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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A must buy for all serious metal fans, Kenose is the future of black metal.
Christopher Krause
Although Kenose mixes all of these different elements together, the album flows perfectly and flawlessly.
A Critical Reader
These moments are mixed with incredibly fast and technical black metal and some cool doomy passages.
phobos

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Krause on October 14, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Deathspell Omega is one part Mayhem and one part Blut Aus Nord - with the violent, hateful, satanic and brutal grinding of Mayhem and the mesmorizing and suffocating soundscapes of Blut Aus Nord. In Deathspell Omega you find the marriage of these two styles of black metal to create a unique and innovative style that is evolving the genre forward into new and unexplored territory.

I suspect that in the future Deathspell Omega's unique fusion of classical era black metal brutality with avantgarde cross-genre influences (epitomized in bands like Blut Aus Nord and Diabolical Masquerade) will become the new standard for any respectable black metal band - and will be imitated much in the same fashion Burzum or Mayhem was in the mid 90s. Deathspell's performance in Kenose is not pretentious or unintentionally hilarious as was the case with some of the classical era black metal founders but has a mature, intimidating and threatening sound.

The lyrics are profoundly philosophical and focus on discussions of metaphysical satanism and nihilism. As with any Deathspell Omega album some research will be neccesary to fully appreciate the album's message (a notable portion of which is quotes from historical literature and puzzling and cryptic sayings in latin, german and french) but the lyrical complexity further adds to the artistic value of the album.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By phobos on September 16, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Before I heard this album, my interest in black metal was restricted to Enslaved, Ved Buens Ende, and other left-field experimenters like Ulver that aren't even really black metal anymore. In other words, I wasn't a real black metal fan--but this album changed all that. It may be the best metal album I've heard in years. It is one of the most sinister albums in my collection, with some of the most eerie and best artwork I've seen. It stays true to the black metal ethic (as far as I can tell, not being having been a black metal fan for very long), while going in all sorts of new directions. Their lyrics are thought-provoking and very well done. Whether or not you agree with what the they say, you have to acknowledge that these guys are true artists at what they do. Despite the ultra-orthodox lyrics, the music is anything but conventional. The slow opening dirge of the first song says it all-- one of my favorite moments in metal. So clean and beautiful, yet so grim and deep. There are quite a few moments on here that sound like Ved Buens Ende (I think they actually borrowed quite a bit from them, but who cares), with weird chords and strange clean melodies. These moments are mixed with incredibly fast and technical black metal and some cool doomy passages. The vocals are a little less screechy than most black metal, almost like death metal growls. Anybody into black metal obviously needs this, but I think it would also appeal to anybody interested in complex and intelligent metal. This is one of those rare metal albums that has it all.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Critical Reader on March 2, 2007
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Kenose is Deathspell Omega's follow-up to their album Si Monvmentvm Reqvires, Circvmspice. Kenose is only three tracks and is 36 minutes long. These were some of the best 36 minutes of my life. This album is dark, deep and has a haunting feel to it. Kenose is great in every aspect, from lyrics to album artwork.

The lyrics sound like a thesis paper. They are written so well and press the listener to draw their own conclusions from the lyrics. The lyrics are thought-triggering and intelligent. One wonderful thing about Kenose is that it includes phrases in Latin, German, French and English. This use of different tongues shows off Deathspell's intelligence and works wonderfully on the album. Although Kenose mixes all of these different elements together, the album flows perfectly and flawlessly. Overall, the lyrics are done wonderfully and are quite intelligent.

Now, we go on to the music. The bass, guitars and vocals are excellent. They all just flow in this unstoppable wave of awe-inspiring black metal. I must say, the vocals may the best part of the whole album. I believe Deathspell Omega's vocalist's name is Mikko. He has the perfect voice for black metal. His voice sounds so dark and fits in perfectly with the guitar and bass work. Another wonderful thing about this album is the great pace of it. Kenose I starts off slow and then the musical chaos begins. Kenose II continues this chaos and leads into Kenose III which, has a part in which the music slows down and calms. This calm is just the calm before the storm. The fury begins after this calm and Kenose ends on a high note. The music is wonderful, entrancing and very well put together.

Another thing I would like to discuss is the album artwork. It's very creepy and has the same haunting feel as the music has.
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