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Release date: 1993
Style: Progressive death metal

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01. When The Sun Drank The Weight Of Water
02. The Sixteenth Six-Tooth Son Of Fourteen Four-Regional Dimensions (Still Unnamed)
03. Inherited Bowel Levitation - Reduced Without Any Effort
04. The Echo (Replacement)
05. The Putrefying Road In The Nineteenth Extremity (...Somewhere Inside The Bowels Of Endlessness...)
06. (Within) The Chamber Of Whispering Eyes
07. And You'll Remain... (In Pieces In Nothingness)
08. Erecshyrinol
09. 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

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Lyrics (10)


Additional info
A mention in the booklet reads:
"Absolutely no effects were used on the vocals in any way"

Nespithe means "The Spine", and Erecshyrinol means "No Lyrics Here." They can be decrypted by grouping the letters in three, starting at the end of the word, and reversing the order of those groups.

Reissued by Repulse Records (RPS 014) with "The Four Instructive Tales Of Decomposition" demo as bonus tracks. Unlike the rumor that was going around, Repulse had the band's permission. Demilich only decided to let people download this album because they've never received any payment from the Necropolis reissue. This album was also reissued by Pavement Records. It was reissued again in 2002 by Century Media Records as a digipak with "The Four Instructive Tales Of Decomposition" demo as bonus tracks.

Also released on tape by Sick Records (Poland). This release was licensed by Repulse.

Also released on 12" vinyl and CD by Spanish label Xtreem Music in 2009. It contains no insert and has typos on the back side of the cover. This version was mastered by label owner Dave Rotten at Xtreem Music Masterings in January 2009 (It has the same bonus tracks as the Repulse edition).

Staff review by
Lucas

Rating:
9.1
It seems so simple. All you have to do in order to acquire a legendary status in the underground Death metal world is this - be unique. It is, apparently, one of the most difficult things of all for many a band these days.

Back to '93. Death metal was still young so it was easier to stand out, I'll give you that, but there were still a couple of bands that did something in those days that nobody was ever able to copy. Not then, not now. One of those bands is the bizarre Demilich. 1993 sees the release of their sole full-length Nesphite (or "The Spine") and to this day it remains an incredible and breath-taking album.

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published 19.12.2009 | Comments (7)

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Tetravirulence - 27.05.2011 at 14:20  
  Absolute masterpiece
!J.O.O.E.! - 10.01.2012 at 23:00  
  I forgot how much this album absolutely slays every death metal album released in the last decade, practically.
Troy Killjoy - 10.01.2012 at 23:07  
  I should listen to this again. It's been... uh, holy shit. I think it's actually been like 4 years since I gave this any attention. :/
!J.O.O.E.! - 10.01.2012 at 23:13  
 
Written by Troy Killjoy on 10.01.2012 at 23:07

I should listen to this again. It's been... uh, holy shit. I think it's actually been like 4 years since I gave this any attention. :/

Pretty much the same with me. Before I thought it was cool, now it's like the best set of Lego with everything slotting into place. It boggles the mind that this is from 1993.
Troy Killjoy - 10.01.2012 at 23:15  
 
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 10.01.2012 at 23:13
It boggles the mind that this is from 1993.

I thought it was really good when I first heard it, but that was even before I was really into death metal and more extreme forms of already extreme genres, so I don't know if I'd think better or worse of it now. Maybe I'll listen to it... right now actually, while I've got the place to myself.
Boxcar Willy - 28.01.2012 at 00:33  
  Listened to the first track and didn't really like it...
InnerSelf - 17.05.2012 at 20:19  
Rating: 9 I've played this about 10 times in the past couple of days, this just ninja'd all of the other album on my mp3 player and I can't seem to get enough of it
!J.O.O.E.! - 17.05.2012 at 20:45  
 
Written by InnerSelf on 17.05.2012 at 20:19

I've played this about 10 times in the past couple of days, this just ninja'd all of the other album on my mp3 player and I can't seem to get enough of it

It has a habit of doing that.
InnerSelf - 17.05.2012 at 22:40  
Rating: 9
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 17.05.2012 at 20:45

Written by InnerSelf on 17.05.2012 at 20:19

I've played this about 10 times in the past couple of days, this just ninja'd all of the other album on my mp3 player and I can't seem to get enough of it

It has a habit of doing that.

The second track is the one I played the most, it almost makes me dance xD
Alex Fenger - 29.11.2012 at 23:29  
Rating: 7 Honestly. The vocals just don't sound good in my opinion. It's been a while since I've listened to this... which was once a long time ago, and I remember finding the vocals more attractive then :/ Good songwriting on the other hand (and an awesome album cover)
Illog1cal - 04.02.2013 at 20:21  
  Its unique and possesses a very twisted and warped atmosphere, yet there are many flaws. If only they had had the chance to do a followup.
Lit. - 08.04.2013 at 02:44  
  Nice riffs and the vocals sound like someone drowning. Crushing.
!J.O.O.E.! - 30.10.2013 at 01:09  
  An update from Sami Jämsén, who's mixing and mastering the compilation at the moment:

"The stuff that nightmares are made of. A new song by Demilich that I've been mixing for what.. 7 years. Insane pattern changes, impossible scales, superlow tuning, the damn weirdest time signatures. Meshuggah meets Fantomas feeling all over. But now.. very close to wrapping this up for good."
mz - 30.10.2013 at 08:13  
Rating: 9
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 30.10.2013 at 01:09

An update from Sami Jämsén, who's mixing and mastering the compilation at the moment:

"The stuff that nightmares are made of. A new song by Demilich that I've been mixing for what.. 7 years. Insane pattern changes, impossible scales, superlow tuning, the damn weirdest time signatures. Meshuggah meets Fantomas feeling all over. But now.. very close to wrapping this up for good."

I don't want to be mean but this 7 years thing reminds me of wintersuna ans Jiri's stupid excuses
!J.O.O.E.! - 30.10.2013 at 13:45  
 
Written by mz on 30.10.2013 at 08:13

I don't want to be mean but this 7 years thing reminds me of wintersuna ans Jiri's stupid excuses

I wouldn't say it's the same thing at all. As far as I know this was never a promised thing, in fact I don't recall it ever being mentioned before. This is probably something that is being tinkered with every so often when he gets a break in his life as a bonus to long time fans. Demilich aren't actually together after all.
mz - 30.10.2013 at 13:59  
Rating: 9
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 30.10.2013 at 13:45

I wouldn't say it's the same thing at all. As far as I know this was never a promised thing, in fact I don't recall it ever being mentioned before. This is probably something that is being tinkered with every so often when he gets a break in his life as a bonus to long time fans. Demilich aren't actually together after all.


I know that they never set a deadline for album but the guys is using the complexity of music and stuff like odd signatures as excuse I think and this is similar to the case of that notorious ext power metal band.
!J.O.O.E.! - 30.10.2013 at 14:03  
 
Written by mz on 30.10.2013 at 13:59


I know that they never set a deadline for album but the guys is using the complexity of music and stuff like odd signatures as excuse I think and this is similar to the case of that notorious ext power metal band.

It's not an album, it's just one song, presumably a remix of one written decades ago I also don't see him making excuses here. He mentioned the complexity of the music just to tantalise people. The difference with Jari is that he promised something, put the deadline back, then made excuses and then repeated the pattern. This is the first time, as far as I know, that this song has ever been mentioned so the fact he's spent 7 years tinkering with it is of no consequence to anyone as no one knew about it.
mz - 30.10.2013 at 14:13  
Rating: 9
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 30.10.2013 at 14:03

It's not an album, it's just one song, presumably a remix of one written decades ago I also don't see him making excuses here. He mentioned the complexity of the music just to tantalise people. The difference with Jari is that he promised something, put the deadline back, then made excuses and then repeated the pattern. This is the first time, as far as I know, that this song has ever been mentioned so the fact he's spent 7 years tinkering with it is of no consequence to anyone as no one knew about it.


True. I guess wintersun has made me over sensitive when it comes to music that takes so long to be produced/released
Daniell - 30.10.2013 at 16:33  
 
Written by mz on 30.10.2013 at 14:13

True. I guess wintersun has made me over sensitive when it comes to music that takes so long to be produced/released

Like you have any right to be mad at musicians because they take time making their music.
Marcel Hubregtse - 30.10.2013 at 16:37  
 
Written by Daniell on 30.10.2013 at 16:33

Written by mz on 30.10.2013 at 14:13

True. I guess wintersun has made me over sensitive when it comes to music that takes so long to be produced/released

Like you have any right to be mad at musicians because they take time making their music.


but he has a right to be mad at musicians who lie through their teeth
mz - 30.10.2013 at 17:15  
Rating: 9
Written by Daniell on 30.10.2013 at 16:33

Like you have any right to be mad at musicians because they take time making their music.


I admitted that I overrated here but I cannot deny that I've got allergic because of that Time album. Musicians can spend as much time as they want on writing and recording but they do not have the right to fool their fans.
mz - 30.10.2013 at 17:16  
Rating: 9
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 30.10.2013 at 16:37

but he has a right to be mad at musicians who lie through their teeth


Tnx <3
Daniell - 30.10.2013 at 18:26  
 
Written by mz on 30.10.2013 at 17:15

they do not have the right to fool their fans.

I agree with you here.
!J.O.O.E.! - 21.02.2014 at 19:11  
  Not massively keen on the new mix. It's clearer, but also seems bassier, or perhaps quieter would be a better description, and the guitar's less prominent and piercing so the drums feel further forward. Lacks the original's vibrancy.
moonflash - 20.08.2014 at 00:03  
  The vocals sound like they would fit better on a pornogrind record, but it also makes it stand out in the osdm crowd. Nice album overall with some extremely catchy tracks. Awesome song names too!
Apothecary - 20.08.2014 at 23:54  
  Seriously tempted for MDF because of these guys
Angel N. - 10.02.2015 at 14:30  
  I see so many good feedback to this album, why it's this long ?
!J.O.O.E.! - 10.02.2015 at 14:36  
 
Written by Angel N. on 10.02.2015 at 14:30

I see so many good feedback to this album, why it's this long ?

It's only 39 minutes long =P Just has long song titles.
Angel N. - 10.02.2015 at 14:44  
 
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 10.02.2015 at 14:36

It's only 39 minutes long =P Just has long song titles.

Ah I see, it's just a bit uncommon for death metal bands to have more than 7 or 8 songs, I think.
Dima - 10.02.2015 at 16:00  
  First time I heard this, which was a long time ago, I lasted ~10 minutes and concluded that you all have shit taste . Maybe I should give it a proper chance this time.
mz - 10.02.2015 at 18:39  
Rating: 9 Btw, this sounds more like an archetypal avant death rather than prog death to me,
Fearmeister - 10.02.2015 at 18:53  
Rating: 10 This just sounds like regular death metal to me
!J.O.O.E.! - 10.02.2015 at 18:56  
  I don't think this sounds like regular death metal, seeing as Demilich-ian death metal is practically is own sub-genre because of those atypical, angular riffs (Chthe'ilist, Cosmic Atrophy, Adramalech etc.) For this to be made in in 1993 is pretty avant-garde to me.

But yeah, when did this suddenly get the prog death tag?
Mr. Doctor - 10.02.2015 at 19:00  
Rating: 9 I bet it was a bird of non-avian characteristics............
!J.O.O.E.! - 10.02.2015 at 19:01  
 
Written by Mr. Doctor on 10.02.2015 at 19:00

I bet it was a bird of non-avian characteristics............

Fearmeister - 10.02.2015 at 19:04  
Rating: 10
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 10.02.2015 at 18:56

I don't think this sounds like regular death metal, seeing as Demilich-ian death metal is practically is own sub-genre because of those atypical, angular riffs (Chthe'ilist, Cosmic Atrophy, Adramalech etc.) For this to be made in in 1993 is pretty avant-garde to me.

But yeah, when did this suddenly get the prog death tag?


Well, yea, its not as copied as much as Stockholm Death or Florida Death and it has its own distinct sound to it. I'm just saying that it sounds like regular death in that it doesn't seem either progressive or avant-garde.

Though, if you say that 'for 1993, its avant-garde' then A Blaze In The Northern Sky is avant-garde as well...for 1992.
!J.O.O.E.! - 10.02.2015 at 19:06  
 
Written by Fearmeister on 10.02.2015 at 19:04

Well, yea, its not as copied as much as Stockholm Death or Florida Death and it has its own distinct sound to it. I'm just saying that it sounds like regular death in that it doesn't seem either progressive or avant-garde.

Well I don't see why Gorguts get the avant-garde tag 5 years after this was made with Obscura. That just seems like a more abrasive version of this to me. Atonality within death metal is pretty avant-garde, and still is, and I can't think of any bands that did it before Demilich.
Fearmeister - 10.02.2015 at 19:14  
Rating: 10
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 10.02.2015 at 19:06

Well I don't see why Gorguts get the avant-garde tag 5 years after this was made with Obscura. That just seems like a more abrasive version of this to me. Atonality within death metal is pretty avant-garde, and still is, and I can't think of any bands that did it before Demilich.


Bah, I think my memory was failing me. I'm getting too old. Just put this on again and I'm all like "God, I'm a moron".
!J.O.O.E.! - 10.02.2015 at 19:20  
 
Written by Fearmeister on 10.02.2015 at 19:14

Bah, I think my memory was failing me. I'm getting too old. Just put this on again and I'm all like "God, I'm a moron".

*pats head*

=P

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