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Demilich - 20th Adversary of Emptiness (Digipak 2CD)

Demilich - 20th Adversary of Emptiness (Digipak 2CD)

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20th Adversary of Emptiness contains everything DEMILICH have ever recorded, starting from Regurgitation of Blood demo (1991) and rounding things off with three songs the band recorded during their brief comeback in 2006. The only DEMILICH full length album Nespithe has been reissued several times over the years in various guises, but always using the inferior 16-bit CD masters and sometimes brickwalled beyond recognition. For this release we dug up the original unmastered 24 bit studio tapes for Nespithe and best possible sources for the demo material, and then had Sami Jamsen of Studio Perkele thoroughly clean everything up and create new masters. This is DEMILICH as you've never heard it before.
The double CD package features new artwork by original Nespithe cover artist Turkka Rantanen, and the classic cover is included as well. The set comes with a 40 page booklet with lyrics, song commentary, new DEMILICH-themed art by David Mikkelsen and Johnny Maddox plus a lengthy Q&A session between Olivier 'Zoltar' Badin and Antti Boman.

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Track listing

  1. When the Sun Drank the Weight of Water
  2. The Sixteenth Six-Tooth Son of Fourteen Four-Regional Dimensions (Still Unnamed)
  3. Inherited Bowel Levitation - Reduced Without Any Effort
  4. The Echo (Replacement)
  5. The Putrefying Road in the Nineteenth Extremity (...Somewhere Inside the Bowels of Endlessness...)
  6. (Within) The Chamber of Whispering Eyes
  7. And You'll Remain... (In Pieces in Nothingness)
  8. Erecshyrinol
  9. The Planet That Once Used to Absorb Flesh in Order to Achieve Divinity and Immortality (Suffocated to the Flesh That It Desired...)
  10. The Cry
  11. Raped Embalmed Beauty Sleep
  12. The Faces Right Below the Skin of the Earth
  13. Emptiness of Vanishing
  14. Vanishing of Emptiness
  15. egasseM neddiH A - ortnI
  16. The Echo (Replacement)
  17. Erecshyrinol
  18. The Sixteenth Six-Tooth Son of Fourteen Four-Regional Dimensions (Still Unnamed)
  19. The Cry
  20. (Within) The Chamber of Whispering Eyes
  21. And You'll Remain... (In Pieces in Nothingness)
  22. The Cry
  23. The Putrefying Road in the Nineteenth Extremity (...Somewhere Inside the Bowels of Endlessness...)
  24. Inherited Bowel Levitation - Reduced Without Any Effort
  25. Introduction / Embalmed Beauty Sleep
  26. Two Independent Organisms - One Suppurating Deformity
  27. And the Slimy Flying Creatures Reproduce in Your Brains
  28. The Uncontrollable Regret of the Rotting Flesh
  29. Uncontrollable Regret of the Rotting Flesh

Review

With the 20th Adversary of Emptiness, you're hearing Nespithe like you've not heard it before, remastered from the original master tapes rather than the lesser version that had been reprinted in the past. The bass and guitars seem a bit more evil, the drums really pop out and Boman still sounds like an undead bullywug gurgling frogs. Yet, you still have that entire toilet-bowl atmosphere due to interaction of the deeper vocals with the swarthy bass and higher pitched grooving melodies. It sounds phenomenal, and every subtlety and detail comes out to the fore here, with some of the moodiest and most creative chord progressions you'll find in cult death metal hands down. These guys were just as off-the-hinge as a Cynic or Carbonized, well before stuff like Gorguts Obscura came down the pipe to redefine death metal's boundaries, and although it fits fully within the genre, the groove and jazziness certainly places it within reach of the 'avant-garde'. It's just one of those albums you hear once and never forget, for better or worse, and if I had to piece together a top 20 death metal record list of all time, it would feature prominently, even if it wasn't at the top. And that's only the first LP in this package, mind you... - 5/5