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Demilich: 20th Adversary of Emptiness

I won't whine too much, but after typing out the complete track listings on this release, I feel like I deserve a medal of some sort. I have to hand it to Demilich, though; these are some of the most interesting and strange titles I've ever seen.

This release is nothing less than the complete works of Demilich, everything they've ever recorded from their beginnings in 1991 to the endings in 2006. Some of the tracks repeat themselves, but this is exactly the kind of package that long-term fans have always wanted. Better still, the music is completely remastered from the original studio recordings. The result is a clear and crisp two hours of music from an interesting and important Finnish death metal band. The two-CD set also comes with a 40 page booklet that includes all the lyrics (so far as the band remembers them!) and some pretty cool art. It's a terrific set, one that will surely please fans.

I enjoyed the music for the most part, though I found the length to be a little overwhelming at times. The songs have a keen melodic quality that interested me. It's Antti Boman's vocals, though, that make Demilich a can't-miss band. There is something just otherworldly about his style—a growl so deep, so menacing, that it really seems demonic at times. I admit that I occasionally found it hard to enjoy them. I agree that traditional vocals deserve to be challenged and that new vocal possibilities are always fascinating. Still, I sometimes found Boman's low-end growl, especially after 112 minutes, to be a little much. For those unfamiliar with Demilich, his vocal will take some getting used to. In the end, though, the effort is definitely worth it. In the end, this is a high-quality release, the definitive Demilich.

Track Listing:

CD1: Nespithe
1. When the Sun Drank the Weight of Water
2. The Sixteenth Six-Tooth Sun 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

CD2: Emptiness of Vanishing / Vanishing of Emptiness
1. The Faces Right Below the Skin of the Earth
2. Emptiness of Vanishing
3. Vanishing of Emptiness
4. egasseM neddiH A – ortnl
5. The Echo (Replacement)
6. Erecshyrinol
7. The Sixteenth Six-tooth Son of Fourteen Four-regional Dimensions (Still Unnamed)
8. The Cry
9. (Within) the Chamber of Whispering Eyes
10. ...And You'll Remain...(in Pieces of Nothingness)
11. The Cry
12. The Putrefying Road in the Nineteenth Extremity (...Somewhere inside the Bowels of Endlessness...)
13. Inherited Bowel Levitation—Reduced without any Effort
14. Introduction / Embalmed Beauty Sleep
15. Two Independent Organisms – One Supprating Deformity
16. And the Slimy Flying Creatures Reproduce in Your Brains
17. The Uncontrollable Regret of the Rotting Flesh
18. Uncontrollable Regret of the Rotting Flesh

Added: February 27th 2014
Reviewer: Carl Sederholm
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Language: english

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