This maintains a more personal feel for the listener rather than just being the borderline technical exercise combined with over-triggered sound that many drummers in modern death metal bands seem to utilise. The members of Demilich claim that there were no effects used on the vocals while recording Nespithe, and since no evidence is known to the contrary, I think we have to take them on their word for now. That said, for me, they don't add a huge amount, reason being that they are undecipherable and, more importantly, the music is so captivating, so all consuming, that I barely hear the vocals. However Demilich have recently uncovered the original source 24 track master recording and now Nespithe gains the ultimate true remaster, which appears on the 1 st disc of this 2cd limited pressing. Demilich is one of those very experimental and unorthodox death metal bands that came out of nowhere, yet attracted the vast majority of the fans of the genre with ease, and unexpectedly so. I mean, come on, it's one thing having a lo-fi production, but really? Onto the positives. But as terrible as it might be it is not unlistenable (or whatever the proper adjective is). An instrument which does deserve credit is bass however, surprisingly audible and interesting, it would have been very interesting to see what Corpse would have been capable of producing in later records, he clearly has the finesse to play the instrument. It's been said before that the vocalist sounds like he's talking out of his small-intestine, and I guess I say that I concur. The best path to originality, on the other hand, is simply to have a unique point of view. Most instruments are heard quite clearly in this high pitched mess. This album is a great example of what can be achieved with next to no knowledge of music theory or even basic riffing templates. That would be Demilich’s unique point of view? What if we played death metal without resorting to brutality? They are full of twists and turns and generally tend to wind around for a while. Nespithe was ahead of its time and still sounds fresh and highly original 16 years after its initial release. Its also difficult to express just how fucking great it is. It plays with what's technical, surreal, slimy, and pioneers an extremely alien sounding style of death metal with this album being a loner in style and among everything this band has created. Nespithe sounds like a mix of Mental Funeral era Autopsy, Necroticism era Carcass, and Unquestionable Presence era Atheist. Edit Release All Versions of this Release New Submission . Those are only a few of the more visible signs of the strangeness permeating this music. I will say this album manages to suck me into the sick disfigured world that Demilich has managed to construct and keep me there throughout the album without any trouble. Of course, Nespithe in general sounds like a mixture of broken glasses fused together to create the overall song structures, which makes them very confusing and technical in a loose sense of the word. I can see why this album is thought of as a classic death metal album. ERP038; Cassette). This release is inspiration for bands we know today such as Spawn of Possession, Sulaco, Carpharnaum, and later era Gorguts. Alive AG Nespithe. Sadly, this was their only full-length. In those days, when I was stuck listening to the generic metal that I could find on the shelves at my local Best Buy, I thought that Metallica was the pinnacle of human ingenuity, that Iron Maiden was absurd and was nothing more than opera tracked over hard rock, and that Pantera was the heaviest and nastiest-sounding band of all time. Granted the album is a little hard to get into and kind of disorienting, but it does that so in a way that best shows off their skills and revels the most in their murky world of belching beasts and flesh-eating planets. The song's have ridiculous titles that have made me chuckle more than anything, but the whole word displacement like "Nespithe" = "The Spine" and "Erecshyrinol" = "No Lyrics Here" is a pretty cool concept, but it falls face first after such anthems as "The Planet That Once Used to Absorb Flesh in Order to Achieve Divinity and Immortality (Suffocated to the Flesh That It Desired...)". Don't take it from me. Anyone remotely into death metal, especially unique, intelligent death metal, should download this ASAP. If you’ve gotten past your “I hate harsh vocals” stage of n00b-dom as a metal fan, then this really isn’t as inaccessible as some make it out to be. This album deserves nothing less than 100% in my book, because it is nothing less than perfect. Download the album. Size: Price: $15.99. Rhythm riffs ride underneath the leads or the solos, in a profound yet catchy sense, leaving you wanting more. The coiling guitars, manic drums, and burped vocals all twist around each other to maximize the strange and disgusting nature they each possess while keeping the rhythms complex, yet coherent. The percussion and the vocals are very subdued compared to the guitar and bass. I don't know what possessed these drunk Finnish guys to write this mind-warping record, but I'm really glad they did. This may be tricky music, but it doesn’t sound forced, or like a demonstration. This album’s booklet encodes the lyrics in a cryptogram. Making an entire albums worth of atonal riffs is no easy feat but Antti Boman seems to have a great ear for what works and what doesn’t. The right amount of praise, with the right amount of thought put behind it, by the right people, usually not enough for me to budge, but! An amorphous horror creeping towards your brain, devouring your will to live along the way, letting you sink into a nice safe zone to be devoured by this album eternally. Throughout the album, Demilich pays a consistent attention to detail in the shape of the riffs and flow of the composition. Could be. Needless to say, I was totally blown away to hear this. I actually find them to be quite soothing. The bass can at least be heard, and I mean it's really loud, and there are a few interesting parts from the instrument, but I expected a bit more. It’s an album marvellously consistent in tone and style, and though Demilich do not stray any bit from their style, there are plenty of riffs that stand out as being memorable, provided the listener is diligent enough to seek them. It is typical in death metal for the vocalist to rely on aggression and volume to get his point across; Boman goes for something different entirely. Although the lasting quality of Demilich’s work is large part in thanks to their inventive guitar work, nothing has contributed so much to the album’s reputation as have the now-infamous vocals of Antti Boman. It is probably not possible to adequately describe the riffing style in words. Death metal’s trademark aggression is filtered through a labyrinthine network of time signatures and the sort of dissonant harmonies you may expect to mind in modernist classical music. It’s hard to describe, but the vocals here are just other-worldly. You never know. The album booklet itself proudly proclaims that no effects were used to tweak the vocals, which might only be described as ‘cavernous’. This album is a hidden gem and a lost classic. Valid complaints to be sure, but they seem so insignificant here. Throughout the album Demilich prefers to plod at a nice groovy mid pace tempo with the occasional blasting section. 2011-10-13 UMUR "Nespithe" is the debut full-length studio album by Finnish death metal act Demilich. If I were to listen to this in 1993, then yeah, maybe I'd praise it 100%. The guitars aren't constantly playing tremolo lines. No other band sounded like this that I know of and the overall technical prowess of this band was a tier above all others in the death metal scene in that era. Everything comes together beautifully to create this atmospheric and otherworldly soundscape that many bands have since taken inspiration of. rosetta, Album Rating: 5.0The vocals don't sound silly, they're a huge part of why Demilich rapes so hard m/, Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z. Combined with the level of intelligence and creativity seen in the songtitles, it was enough for an interest to be piqued. What a disgusting beast of an album released by Demilich back in 1993. This is one of the most bizarre, psychedelic albums I have ever heard, and the track names only provide a glimpse of how outlandish this album is. Of course, we can’t talk about Demilich without talking about Antti Boman’s vocals. Yes, Nespithe is just that great. They are fairly low in the mix but sound quite detached from the other instrument tracks as well. Demilich really only have one full-length to their credit, Nespithe, which was originally releases in 2000, but the crowd was obviously intimately familiar with the material and roared along. It does however give off this vibe of outer worldly power. ...if all tech death was as good as this?! They have a certain dynamic which is hard to explain, but their sound is very much that of "extraterrestial" sludgy, melodic death metal (with grindy passages no less). In fact, even the double-bass is used somewhat sparingly. How can you not have Behemoth's Demigod in your top three and call yourself a fan of the genre? Yep, the guy sounds like he downed a whole case of beers immediately before delivering this one of a kind performance. The production and guitar technique lead to these possibilities, as the guitar plays very long melodic riffs that are also often very catchy , which creates an opportunity for the bass A simple, generalized blanket statement like that won't get me very far so it's best to explain that, isn't it? The first track begins with Mikko Virnes displaying his amazing skills behind the drums, blasting his way around until the guitar comes in. Written for http://thenumberoftheblog.com/. This page includes DEMILICH Nespithe's : cover picture, songs / tracks list, members/musicians and line-up, different releases details, buy online: ebay and amazon, ratings and detailled reviews by some experts, collaborators and members. Though the band’s template for making discordant death metal has been emulated numerous times by fellow weirdoes like Gorguts and Portal, there’s never been a band that’s one-upped Demilich as far as putting together an experience that’s slippery, dissonant, disorienting, and challenging but still cohesive and enjoyable. Death metal novices would do good to try and truly broaden their horizons with this thing, by that I mean gaze into the writhing, slimy maw of the abyss and try to understand it's disgusting, yet profound mutterings. This makes you picture unexplored universes, the darkest depths of existance, and the most paranoid sectors of your mind. Well, first off is the mixing; it's atrocious. This album also harmonizes in its own strange and abstract way, just like the cosmos. The interesting thing about it here is that it’s not muddy like it is on many Finndeath albums. Nespithe is a technical death metal music album recording by DEMILICH released in 1993 on CD, LP/Vinyl and/or cassette. Demilich somehow summarised what terror is in a single album, actually, in a single song, each of these tracks alone is enough to send chills down your spine. Indeed, these are some of the weirdest vocals in all of metal. The overall production is superb and for such and underground release it is a real surprise. Unlike Nothing, this has quite a lot of soloing, which is always refreshing to hear in death metal. Demilich: Nespithe ‎ (LP, Ltd, RE, RM, Gre) Xtreem Music: XM 060 LP: Spain: 2009: Sell This Version: Recommendations Reviews Add Review [r3057305] Release. It’s no doubt clichéd to say in a metal review, but the gurgling sounds downright Lovecraftian in scope and atmosphere. If non-humanoid space aliens ever sent a probe to our solar system with a golden record of their finest music, it probably would not be far off from Demilich's Nespithe. The production work on this albums also adds to this feel with the sound being very clear but also deep and still retaining an ancient feel similar to other death metal bands of the legendary era. Read and write album reviews for Nespithe - Demilich on AllMusic Demilich are a death metal alien life form. Tremolo is used only when it fits the moment, the rest of the riffs are technical fretting on the low and middle strings so it's a steady deviation from the norms of traditional DM. It's like a dreary landscape of an outside universe, and you're traveling through it without any chance of escape as if you were being sucked by a black hole. Demilich Uplevel BACK 24.3M . It all creates a certain aesthetic flow that can only be compared to the beauty of the workings of the universe themselves. Music Reviews: Nespithe by Demilich released in 1993 via Pavement. Printed on both sides Base: Fruit of the Loom Material: 100% cotton I guarantee that by the end of it you'll fell like you've been away for hours when in fact only 39 minutes have passed! The riff writing is maniacal absurdity, and that definitely makes up for the lack of production finesse. It normally follows the guitar which already screams how hectic it is, although at some points it does shine on its own. How can someone make this assertion though? This sort of cryptic complexity plays a lot into this album's, and this band's musical identity. They are insidious, but also at the same time their insanity carries a lot of skill. Erecshyrinol. I already mentioned the guitars, but so much else is altered to fit the demented outlook of this album. Antti Boman sounds like a belching demon frog unlike any other. Other reviewers may think I'm crazy, but Demilich's overall style sounds like a head-on collision of Disembowelment and Meshuggah, especially with the sound of Meshuggah's Nothing album. Note the bizarre, surreal song titles as well. While Gorguts delve into the very depths of chaos Demilich focus primarily on utter destructive power. In a way, it almost bodes well for the band’s cult of legacy that they never graced listeners with a second album. The sound is still very crisp and enjoyable. Songs are mostly linearly constructed, always moving forward and never looking back. Whether these guys are blasting, building, squealing out a solo, or dishing out a rare mosh groove, Demilich always manage to sound like their music is creeping and spiking along in manic patterns that accent this album's level of Lovecraftian insanity. Palm mute picking and legatos are all over the place, so expect a lot less melody and more frenzy. Never have I heard such a thing and I doubt I ever will, but you should really check for yourself what I mean. All the tracks except When the Sun Drank the Weight of Water and The Planet That Once Used to Absorb Flesh in Order to Achieve Divinity and Immortality (Suffocated to the Flesh That It Desired...) are the only two original tracks, while the rest are demos that have been reintroduced, which I think the demo versions beat the versions on this record. Demilich has got to be one of the most awe-inspiring death metal bands ever from the early days. So what does Nespithe sound like? Most are twangy, some are death/thrashy, but all of them seem to fit into place. This is an album so original and well crafted, I literally can't find anything bad about it, nothing even mediocre or above average. The pace of the album seems to be smooth the entire way through, regardless of the occasional blasting and non-shred solos, progressing at a medium pace, which is possibly why the album doesn't sound like a complete cacophony. In fact some will probably dismiss it in seconds. Nespithe 14,99 € Classic Adversary T-shirt 15,99 € Logo T-shirt 14,99 € Em9t2ness of van2s1ing / V34ish6ng 0f emptiness 2LP - 1st pressing! That is an expression more adequately used for something the parts of which would have some appeal of themselves and being put together to something of high quality. Basically, this album is the culmination of all cool ideas in metal from all the years after this album was released, but Demilich did them before they became cool ideas in metal as a whole. Even if tech death isn't your thing, listen to this album, because it will open your eyes to what metal can be at its weirdest. It hints at the fact that they didn't take things (including themselves) too seriously. This album is a classic for a reason. See how this album was rated and reviewed by the users of AoTY.org. It's to illustrate a point - to draw a parallel between my discovery of heavy metal and my discovery of this album. Nespithe (which is really "The Spine" or "The Penis") contains very unusual, metaphoric (in some way), and ridiculous lyrics, whether they're merely just for comedy (as much as the abominations in the album cover look) or veering away from the general themes of death metal. Úzkost – Blood Debt (2020) 01. I have heard Demilich described as technical metal, but I’ve never really thought of them as such. The drumming is beautifully fluid throughout the album, reminding me of Chris Reifert and Nicke Andersson. The vocals, courtesy of Antti Boman, sound like the belching of some frog-like abomination from deep within the bowels of the earth. The mix is seamless. It’s a shame that some listeners can’t look past Demilich’s vocal choices, because even if Boman’s vocals lack the range of a more conventional masterpiece, they still come secondary to the otherworldly riffs that consume Nespithe. The vocals in itself helped shape the lyrical themes to give you this kind uncomfortable feeling and obscure listen. Ordinarily it’s dealt with from the perspective of a criminologist, callous and apathetic, like an autopsy. The reason for this, I think, was that the bands and the albums that were the most readily accessible were also some of the most lackluster. The band has made the whole album available for free download from its website, along with demos, rehearsals and live material, due to it getting shafted by Necropolis which didn't pay them royalties for sales of the reissue. Necropolis Records. It's not exactly aesthetically pleasing or exciting in any traditional senses, and it won't strike anyone as "heavy fucking metal," but it is so weird that not acquiring it through whatever means (it's free for download) will leave you incomplete. 0; Weight: 170.00 g. Band: Demilich. Even the lyrics are outright bizarre, starting with Lovecraftian horror and going further left field from there. In spite of all the sickened insanity, there is an element of cohesion to this with how much the music's progressions serve to maximize the murkiness of this album's sound. Oh, and another thing, the song titles on this release are out of this world. This is the kind of album that takes a while to get used to and it wouldn't surprise me if this was initially off-putting to some people, but the music on hand really holds together well despite the insanity and mixes in a way that comes off as natural. huh so i checked this out it was pretty cool I feel like every aspiring metal musician should listen to this album. BUUUUUURRRRRRRPPPPP!!!!!!! God was I wrong. The album title itself is an anagram of "the spine" with the letters mixed around in a certain pattern. Got you interested? User reviews & ratings for the album Nespithe by Demilich. Four demos’ and one full-length later they broke up which is sad, leaving us with only these releases to marvel at. It's another one of those albums that isn't easy to headbang to because the main melodies aren't decipherable enough. The riffs here are dissonant, yet also fucking catchy. In Stock. It’s almost like Antti brought a couple new scales with him from whatever higher dimension he came from. Overall I would say the average death metal fan might not find this album intriguing, although there is no denying the fact that Demilich have produced something which is absolutely distinctive and maybe even unrecognizable. They vocals are beyond guttural, and from what I recall reading, are naturally created through some method of tilting the head down. Maybe if I wasn't busy cleaning up my room I would've headbanged more to it. Simply put, this album will stand the test of time. If that wasn't weird enough Antti Boman starts...well, singing. Yet the weirdest part of this album are the absurd vocals of Antti Boman. The Echo (Replacement) Maybe it was my mind blowing Forgotten Legend’s article about Demilich’s incredible debut, or maybe is just serendipity, but Svart Records has just released a brand new 3LP and 2CD digipack box set entitled 20th Adversary of Emptiness that contains every single brutal note Demilich has ever recorded. (03:41) The Sixteenth Six-Tooth Son of Fourteen Four-Regional Dimensions (Still Unnamed)03. Can't believe this review hasn't gotten featured yet. The tracking for the instruments is also unusual for the time period, with separate guitar and bass tracks playing from individual speakers. They're very unique. There is no other phrase to describe this band.) Unfortunately, I suppose you either have your own perspective or you don’t, and calculated attempts to simulate one are sure to make for an inadequate substitute for the real thing. Amazing in its ability to fuse grotesquely guttural, heavy, loose death metal with psychedelic and avante garde technical metal. Hey, whoever said that the abstract realm was a pretty place anyway? It's a voice from the past, present, and future. There a lot of tempo changes throughout the album and many in every song. While the instruments' tuning were tuned very low to sound crushing, this crushing heaviness didn't possess anything mind-blowing on a technical scale, nothing challenging or new. It's mostly what stopped this album from reaching a score of at least 93-94. Nothing could be a greater mistake than avoiding what is being presented on this record based on what its surface elements look like on paper. 'Nespithe' - Demilich (10/10) In a genre defined by its unfettered commitment to extremity, it's rare for a death metal album to retain its stopping … The band also spices up the low end with some great rhythm work on tracks one, four, and six. The techniques which were the daily bread of the genre's musicians of the day are almost nowhere to be found on this album. The crowd happily headbanged as they were treated material from Demilich’s demo output, as well. If the album cover isn't already a good summary of what the band is about then let me tell you more about this bunch of devillish composers. I must admit the vocals were quite off-putting during the first listen, but now I just find them funny and honestly somewhat fitting to the album. The double CD package features new artwork by original Nespithe cover artist Turkka Rantanen, and the classic cover is included as well. It simply sounds unnatural, lurching from one note to the next in a very wrong-sounding way. Demilich - Nespithe - 20th Adversary of Emptiness An Autothrall Classic. 7 Views . Ok, now I got my excessively descriptive sentence out of the way. The distortion they use is one of the best I've heard, and along with the odd riffing it only ads to that otherworldly feeling. Demilich enjoy a production style perfectly-fitted for their work. It's a genre-warping, mind-bending experience. Comparable, of course, to Gorguts in their weirdness, but simultaneously being far more fun than their Canadian cousins. In all these years of listening to metal, death metal was the genre that took the longest for me to come to enjoy. nile The whole album, I feel, is analogous to his story "The Music of Erich Zann". The lyrics are beyond the wildest fantasies of any space madness-induced hallucination, and I can not even begin to describe them in a sober state of mind. This is way heavier and more evil. Did it have to be so... egh, I can't even describe what's wrong with it, it seems like it lacks distortion or the amp used was overall shit. Until I have seen Annti's live mic-rig, and heard them play live, I will maintain that they are pitch shifted a full step down. Be sure to go over to their website to download the FULL album (along with the excellant demos) to enjoy this lost classic. The whole atmosphere of the album is one of foreboding, very akin to a story by a certain H.P. Review: Demilich hold true to the melodic tradition of Finnish metal by merging the heavy metal tradition of rich tonal space liberated by abstract conceptions of harmony with death metal, layering their ideas into songs where complexity silhouettes but does not illustrate an overall thematic space via postmodernist metastructuralism. The riffs throughout the entire album are without a doubt abrasive, and might even deter first time listeners altogether. Yet somehow this makes sense. The bass is very good, very audible and with deep tone, sounding at times as if it was a second guitar. The band denies any vocal effects, but it's kind of apparent that they did something to them. It's meant to be listened to simply as a work of art and not an outlet for metalheads' aggression. I won't compare this band to Death but it seems they only had one album and Death had several. 20,99 € – 22,99 € Nespithe is a technical death metal music album recording by DEMILICH released in 1993 on CD, LP/Vinyl and/or cassette. Mikko Virnes puts in a great performance, easily mixing jazz-orientated rhythms with blast beats and doom-outs. While there’s certainly a proper method at work with these riffs, they sound liberated from conventional scales, pairing notes that wouldn’t normally go together. I didn't find the music to be competitively superior or distraught in terms of the amount of heaviness and song structures the band produced. Has anyone ever talked out of his or her small intestine? The music no longer reminds you of 2 month old milk. this is one of the best death metal albums ever. Burps? However that is all but a small complaint. 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