Deathspell Omega - Kénôse [EP]



8.9 | 125 votes |
Release date: 8 May 2005
Style: Black metal

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Staff review by
Lucas
Rating:
8.9
Like many others, my first encounter with the French Deathspell Omega was slightly after the release of Kénôse, their 2005 effort. Despite it not being regarded as a full-length by the bandmembers themselves, this was the release that got them out of the underground and boomed them into the spotlights of Black Metal.

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published 07.02.2008 | Comments (24)

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14.01.2015 - 21:02
Mattybu

Posts: 2588
From: Canada

Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 14.01.2015 at 20:43

Written by Mattybu on 14.01.2015 at 19:58

This EP is super macho, definitely among the best black metal I've heard (which admittedly isn't a ton).

I'm glad you didn't hate it=3


Truth be told, I enjoyed it quite a bit. The intro is really great in particular. I also like the fact that it's an EP cause I don't think an hour of this would be necessary, it went everywhere it needed to go IMO.
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14.01.2015 - 21:05
!J.O.O.E.!
Defunct

Posts: 19156
From: UK

Written by Mattybu on 14.01.2015 at 21:02

Truth be told, I enjoyed it quite a bit. The intro is really great in particular. I also like the fact that it's an EP cause I don't think an hour of this would be necessary, it went everywhere it needed to go IMO.

Yeah that intro is pretty immense. Such a great build up. Deathspell's stuff really suits the EP format I think. Their sound is really dense and technical so smaller bursts is not a bad thing.
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14.01.2015 - 21:16
Rating: 9
Zaph
The Nothingth

Posts: 2522
From: Belgium

Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 14.01.2015 at 21:05

Yeah that intro is pretty immense. Such a great build up. Deathspell's stuff really suits the EP format I think. Their sound is really dense and technical so smaller bursts is not a bad thing.

Indeed, that's my only problem with their albums that I have heard, so I guess I should really check this EP out.
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Wubba Lubba Dub Dub
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14.01.2015 - 21:19
!J.O.O.E.!
Defunct

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From: UK

Written by Zaph on 14.01.2015 at 21:16

Indeed, that's my only problem with their albums that I have heard, so I guess I should really check this EP out.

This, Chaining the Katechon and Diabolus Absconditus are all great short bursts of the band's sound. The latter 2 are each 1 song that last 20 minutes or so. Probably easier than trying to get through SMRC or FAS in one go.
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14.01.2015 - 21:30
Rating: 9
Zaph
The Nothingth

Posts: 2522
From: Belgium

Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 14.01.2015 at 21:19

This, Chaining the Katechon and Diabolus Absconditus are all great short bursts of the band's sound. The latter 2 are each 1 song that last 20 minutes or so. Probably easier than trying to get through SMRC or FAS in one go.

Both great albums, but they are anything but easy listening

I'm gonna check this one out right now. It's time. I can feel it.
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Wubba Lubba Dub Dub
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14.01.2015 - 21:32
!J.O.O.E.!
Defunct

Posts: 19156
From: UK

Written by Zaph on 14.01.2015 at 21:30

Both great albums, but they are anything but easy listening

I'm gonna check this one out right now. It's time. I can feel it.

Well hopefully this one will live up to the hype it has (around here anyway).
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14.01.2015 - 22:24
Rating: 9
Zaph
The Nothingth

Posts: 2522
From: Belgium

Finished listening to this and... I think I had actually listened to this before Anyways, great stuff.
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Wubba Lubba Dub Dub
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18.01.2015 - 09:25
Rating: 9
Maco

Posts: 1385
From: Peru

Such riffs...
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I'm derp.
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06.02.2015 - 18:40
Rating: 9
Paz
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Posts: 2875
From: Poland

[fanboy mode on]

Finally, got my copy So late because I simply couldn't afford it while studying (booze/going out was a priority back then). And holy fucking shit...everything about this release is so damn perfect. Man, the booklet is out of this world! Literally

[/fanboy mode off]
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09.05.2015 - 10:50
Dima

Posts: 1479
From: Australia

10 years ^.^
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04.09.2015 - 01:53
Rating: 9
Zaph
The Nothingth

Posts: 2522
From: Belgium

Been spinning this a lot lately. It's quickly becoming one of my favorite pieces of black metal madness. The first song is just insane. No other album of theirs can match this.
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Wubba Lubba Dub Dub
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04.09.2015 - 14:51
!J.O.O.E.!
Defunct

Posts: 19156
From: UK

*Luxuriates in the positivity*
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24.03.2016 - 23:34
Rating: 10
Unhealer
Eclecticist

Posts: 2187
From: Argentina

By any chance does anyone know where I can find this album in Paris? Or some good record store that could have it? Either cd or vynil
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11.05.2016 - 23:21
Rating: 10
Jaeryd
Desert Mouse

Posts: 939
From: USA

This feels like it's the actual first part of the trilogy that ends with Paracletus. This, the aforementioned, and FAS all have a similar sound, whereas Si Monumentum doesn't sound related to these albums at all.

Anyway, even if it's the case that Si Monumentum is the first part of the trilogy, I'm still going to treat this one as the first part, because listening to them like this makes way more sense to me.
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"It is not your sin—it is your self-satisfaction that crieth unto heaven; your very sparingness in sin crieth unto heaven!

Where is the lightning to lick you with its tongue? Where is the frenzy with which ye should be inoculated?"

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06.08.2016 - 00:10
Mattybu

Posts: 2588
From: Canada

Well, it's been about a year and a half since I first let my ass get kicked by this, and my thoughts on it are pretty much the same (which is actually saying quite a lot, all things considered). Still some of the best black metal ever. It gets into mind-crushing territory quite a lot but there's a real sense of purpose to everything, which I really appreciate. Not the same genre, but I was listening to Epidemic of Violence as well at work today and while there's a time and place for it, that type of mind-crushingness isn't always as engaging.
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06.08.2016 - 12:19
!J.O.O.E.!
Defunct

Posts: 19156
From: UK

True, though it is over 30 mins, so feels more complete than most EPs. A monster of a record.
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01.10.2016 - 02:06
Rating: 10
Jaeryd
Desert Mouse

Posts: 939
From: USA

So, I've progressively liked this EP more and more the longer I've been listening to it. At first, I liked this EP a decent amount, then I ended up deciding I really enjoyed it, and now it's amongst my favorite releases of all time. The whole thing is incredible, but track 2 is particularly good. I don't know why, but I feel like I could listen to that track every day.
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"It is not your sin—it is your self-satisfaction that crieth unto heaven; your very sparingness in sin crieth unto heaven!

Where is the lightning to lick you with its tongue? Where is the frenzy with which ye should be inoculated?"

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01.10.2016 - 14:35
3rdWorld
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Posts: 2990
From: India

Sorry.
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14.10.2016 - 16:37
Dima

Posts: 1479
From: Australia

Currently addicted to II
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17.11.2016 - 03:18
Rating: 9
VIG

Posts: 330
From: USA

I love this so much
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I wear this crown of thorns
Upon my liar's chair
Full of broken thoughts
I cannot repair
Beneath the stains of time
The feelings disappear
You are someone else
I am still right here
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15.01.2017 - 00:09
Rating: 10
koob

Posts: 231
From: France
Probably the greatest black metal record of all times, I think.
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15.01.2017 - 00:12
!J.O.O.E.!
Defunct

Posts: 19156
From: UK

Written by koob on 15.01.2017 at 00:09

Probably the greatest black metal record of all times, I think.

Hard to find an argument against that tbh.
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