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Bending The Spine - 86%

psychoticnicholai, February 16th, 2018
Written based on this version: Unknown year, Digital, Independent

Nespithe is an anomaly in the world of death metal. 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. It did things that few other death metal bands ever did and it did them in such a way that there is really no better way to describe this than pure deranged filth, and I mean that in the nicest way possible since it makes for a truly interesting listening experience. 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. Yeah, this is one of those kinds of albums that thrives off of how strange it is, but weirdness is not all that's on offer. Beneath all of the slime and confusion is a solid tech death album that dishes out some pretty intoxicating and impressive instrumentation that plays on the strengths of such techniques while avoiding sounding like a mess. In fact, it feels planned out in a way that probably shouldn't be comprehended by mere humans.

The music presented on here is unorthodox not just by the standards of metal, but of music itself. These riffs are spiny and jagged with the guitar rhythms themselves being very snaking and rumbly with a heavy emphasis put on the low end of the music to emphasize the sliminess and ugliness of their music to its fullest extent. They are insidious, but also at the same time their insanity carries a lot of skill. The insanity on here is calculated and deliberate, but never contrived. In fact, you'd be hard pressed to find something resembling normality on this album as every aspect of it has been twisted, bent, and warped in some way that makes it sound intriguing, and otherworldly terrifying, but also gives this album it's signature momentum of snaking, rhythmic insanity. I already mentioned the guitars, but so much else is altered to fit the demented outlook of this album. The drums, courtesy of Mikko Virnes, change patterns frequently, use unusual patterns, and usually fire on all cylinders. The vocals, courtesy of Antti Boman, sound like the belching of some frog-like abomination from deep within the bowels of the earth. Even the lyrics and song titles are deranged with them being long and fixating on grotesque images of flesh, gore, and outer space. The album title itself is an anagram of "the spine" with the letters mixed around in a certain pattern. This sort of cryptic complexity plays a lot into this album's, and this band's musical identity.

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. 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. 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. However, it all holds together in a way that's not just technically impressive, but also manages to maintain a bit of swing to the music with the rhythms never devolving into formless clatter, always keeping their monstrous forms intact and coherent.

Nespithe is one of those albums that is unique simply for the fact that it tread ground no-one else was willing to tread and in doing so set the bar for surreal, and mind-bending death metal with almost nobody else touching that bar for a long time. This is a thoroughly alien piece of technical mania and it pushes itself with riffs that pulsate and writhe in rhythm that perfectly reflects the atmosphere while the solos and melodies are warped and complex in a way that terrifies while holding the melody firm to whatever bent patterns emerge. 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. The mission of this album is to be as slimy, as grotesque, and as otherworldly as possible and it succeeds at doing so while integrating that with this band's penchant for rhythms that are unorthodox and hard to pull off even with an expert's grasp of music. It really is something worth getting into and it grows on you like some freakish Lovecraftian blob parasite feasting on your essence (or some other crazy shit like that). The pulsating guitar rushes may seem just strange at first, but they have their own way of being infectious over time and it lures you in to see just how off the wall this thing really is. Nespithe is the kind of album that is unique, but also very good, and very mind-bending with how it presents itself in a way that few would dare to imitate. 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.