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Fas is the third and final album to Deathspell Omega’s trilogy. The trilogy started with Si Monumentum Requires, Circumspice continued through Kénôse, and now finally the epic ending of Fas - Ite, Maledicti, in Ignem Aeternum. The band has been quite different from their black metal peers since SMRC, and they have continued this style.
The album maintains their dark atmosphere through the intellectual ideas of Satan (personal greatness), but the band is able to do this with using more technical riffs, complex arrangements, and ambient moments than the other albums. This album progresses nicely throughout the album with slower steel picking cumulating into an epic arrangement of disharmony, blasphemy, and complex time signatures. The drumming in the album is noticeable, and arranged in a rather odd way; however, the riffing is also quite odd, so it meshes wonderfully. The album has loads of ups and downs leading to ambient passages, which never overstay their welcome nor go away too quickly.
While going through the up and downs of the album, the band makes the evil and epic atmosphere. The album’s chaotic bits have a hypnotic feel to them, which is similar to what Burzum did with Filosofem. The hypnotic parts take the listener on a trip of pure chaos and into the cosmos to obtain the listeners intellectual greatness.
This is a great new addition to the vast world of black metal, and it will be interesting to see where Deathspell Omega goes from here.