Demilich - Nespithe review


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Band: Demilich
Album: Nespithe
Release date: 1993

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

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.

I've already mentioned it, but I'll say it again: Demilich, and in particular Nesphite, is bizarre. Nesphite is not an ordinary piece of Death metal, Nesphite is a cosmic tribalistic celebration of the dead. Well, that or just something extremely wicked. I don't know much about music theory but I do know that the amount of tempo changes could not be counted on ten hands. There is no such thing as 'flow', all there is is constant contradiction, obstinate riffing and you're constantly cheated on. You think you know where the riff is going, but halfway through it makes a 540 degree turn and you're left with your face buried in the pavement. A roller coaster ride, that's for sure. Don't hop in if you're easily sick.

Corpse (bass) and Mikko Virnes (drums) play equally nauseating parts. It's all undeniably Death metal, but still so completely different from regular Death metal. And then there's Antti Boman, responsible for the vocals. Demilich claims not to have used any vocal effects, the sane part of the worlds thinks it's blatantly obvious they have. Whichever is the case, his vocals are LOW. Drink a couple of gallons of Coca Cola, step into a compression chamber and you still won't burp like Boman did. Paired with the atypical instrumentation and the spacious production they make for a positively insane album.

Nesphite is, how lame it may sound for a reviewer to say this, an album you must hear for yourself. If you don't like, that's fine, but if you want some unique and purely alienating Death metal, check it out. One of a kind.

PS: A label screwing over a band occasionally produces positive side-effects. All the Demilich you could ever wish for is up or download, here, completely legal and free of charge.

Rating breakdown
Performance: 9
Songwriting: 9
Originality: 10
Production: 9


Written on 19.12.2009 by If you're interested in extreme, often emotional and underground music, check out my reviews. I retired from reviewing, but I really used to be into that stuff.


Comments: 7   Visited by: 225 users
19.12.2009 - 19:29
Great review and spot-on desciptions!

Although this album is very technical, there's plenty of groove and fantastic, inventive riffs that stick in the mind. It's not a hyper-blast mess like some modern DM albums, the pace never actually gets too fast.. it's strangely controlled and even kind of catchy when the listener becomes accustomed to its strangeness!
19.12.2009 - 20:26
Darkside Momo
Yeah, this album is so UNIQUE.
Like it or not - and it's not easy on the ears for sure - it's something purely exceptional in it's uniqueness, and well, weirdness.
I still have mixed feelings about it, but I'm glad it exists, as it is one of the "high water marks" that death metal can attain, but still hasn't surpassed to this day.
Gorguts's Obscura is another one.

"You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you" - Ray Bradbury

"I've lost too many years now
I'm stealing back my soul
I'm awake now"
Abney Park (Letter Between A Little Boy & Himself As An Adult)
23.12.2009 - 23:15

Evil undisguised
Breathe in pain
Blackened souls remain
03.01.2010 - 14:23
Great review, it is one of the best death metal albums ever.
12.01.2010 - 08:17
Paleblood Hunter
I download this album again (for free from their website) onto my new HD and man, I almost forgot how fucking sick this stuff is. I wish all the new tech death bands would take note: this is how you do it. A fantastic, albeit strange, album.
The force will be with you, always.
20.10.2010 - 09:59
Written by Metalhead2 on 03.01.2010 at 14:23

Great review, it is one of the best death metal albums ever.

29.04.2011 - 09:36
Written by Maxx666 on 20.10.2010 at 09:59

Written by Metalhead2 on 03.01.2010 at 14:23

Great review, it is one of the best death metal albums ever.


+1 +best vocals ever

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