Register Forgot login?

© 2002-2020
Encyclopaedia Metallum

Best viewed
without Internet Explorer,
in 1280 x 960 resolution
or higher.

Privacy Policy

Where the fuck did this come from!? - 92%

Noktorn, March 24th, 2010

Wow, where the fuck did this come from and why aren't people paying more attention to it? This little unknown demo is easily better than nearly anything that's come out on major black metal labels in the past decade, yet it's flown completely under the radar of most black metal fans. This demo, the (unfortunately) only Deus Despectum release, is one of the most intuitively composed black metal releases I've heard in a long time; it gets just about everything right and I can listen to it again and again without ever being bored. It's varied, professional without lacking what makes underground black metal excellent, and one of the best-composed items I've heard in a long while. Every fan of black metal should be investigating this, and if not, you're truly missing out.

Deus Despectum is one of the few black metal bands I've heard which is able to combine more misanthropic and dissonant black metal with a more melodic and mournful breed of the genre without losing out on the quality of either. Because of this, every track on 'Nocturno Dementia' is intensely varied in key changes, rhythms, and tempos, but never misses a beat in making the songs cohesive and listenable all the way through. The tracks are organically composed and instantly memorable after just one listen; the subtle time signature play on 'Suicide Fétide' or the intensely catchy riffs of 'La Légion Des Ténèbres' are just a couple instances of the brilliant songwriting abilities of this band. Every moment of this release is wonderfully composed; it's truly amazing that this band didn't take off in a big way.

Even the production is perfect: clean and professional but raw enough to provide the necessary atmosphere. The closest musical comparison I can think of to this band would be Sweden's Excessum, but Deus Despectum lacks that band's subtle melodic death influences, instead going for a straightforward black metal attack on this demo. The riffing is really the centerpiece of this; though the drumming is tasteful and very well played and the distressed goblin vocals are both excellent, the pure memorability of the riffs is what catapults this into must-have territory. Every riff is a killer, and the usage of the bass guitar is astounding, proving perfect counterpoints to riffs which on their own are already savagely brilliant. Again, there's no reason you shouldn't be tracking the CD reissue of this release down immediately.

It's incredibly unfortunate that this band broke up after the release of this demo, but at the same time I wonder if they'd be able to live up to the insane bar set by this demo. As stated a hundred times, if you like black metal at all you should already own this, and if not, do your best to hunt it down. Despite its rather plain aesthetic, the music is anything but.