Classic Tech Death Album: 'Nespithe' By Demilich

Classic Tech Death Album: ‘Nespithe’ By Demilich

WHO: The best example of a group disbanded much too soon, Demilich hailed from the eastern region of Finland, although their music leads me to believe this was simply a recorded excerpt from an unfathomable alternate dimension. Despite ‘Nespithe’ being their only full length release, Demilich are hailed as one of the best technical death metal bands in the history of the genre and rightfully so; across eleven tracks, dissonance, atonality and brutality merge to create not only fascinating material, but some of the most wholly original work in all of metal music.

WHEN:  On February 8th, 1993, this cacophonous inter-dimensional symphony was unleashed upon the world from Necropolis Records. In 1996, it was reissued in Europe by Repulse Records. 2003 saw it’s rerelease by Century Media Records. However, the only remastered edition approved of by the band came in 2009 from Xtreem Music on both CD and Vinyl.

WHERE: Depending on whether you think of Demilich as human beings, the album was either recorded in Kuopio, Finland or on The Planet That Once Used To Absorb Flesh In Order To Achieve Divinity and Immortality (Within) The Chamber of Whispering Eyes on The Putrefying Road in the Nineteenth Extremity by The Sixteenth Six-Tooth Son of Fourteen Four-Regional Dimensions (Still Unnamed) When the Sun Drank the Weight of Water.

WHY IT’S A CLASSIC: Simply put, there has never and will never be another album in all of music like Demilich’s ‘Nespithe’. From Aki Hytönen and Ville Koistinen’s mastery of stringed discord to Mikko Virnes’ astounding rhythmic variation on drums, no musical errors can or will be found here. As for Antti Boman’s legendary vocals, the late great Bill Hicks provides the greatest approximation;

“You ARE Satan…don’t look any further.”

Without pitch shifting or indeed effects of any kind, Boman has recorded the lowest, most intense and arguably greatest Death Growls of all time. Coupled with his band mate’s brilliantly inharmonious instrumental work, ‘Nespithe’ took form as not only the perfect otherwordly Death Metal album, but also as one of the Top Five LP’s in all of Death Metal.

HOW: Even as a die hard fan of this band, I’m not entirely sure how this release managed to accomplish what it has. I can only attribute its success to the unbelievable expertise of every member. This is an album that under entirely normal circumstances would have been lost forever, if not for the devotion of Demilich’s fanbase and a musical genius that transcends obscurity, belittlement and time itself. Demilich may be gone forever, but what they’ve given the metal world can never be pushed aside. In only one release, Demilich bested established classics, fellow virtuosos and generations of Death Metal since. Hold your heads high gentlemen; you are legends.

You can find all of Demilich’s material in a downloadable format here on their official website: http://www.anentity.com/demilich/

This site also includes links to merchandise, CDs, vinyl records et. al. 

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9 thoughts on “Classic Tech Death Album: ‘Nespithe’ By Demilich”

  1. “2 old-school albums I’m really starting to enjoy are Amorphis’ ‘Tales from the Thousand Lakes’, and Baphomet’s ‘The Dead Shall Inherit’.”

    Love ‘The Dead Shall Inherit’. A tragically underrated gem of Death Metal.

    ‘Tales From The Thousand Lakes’ I haven’t checked out until rather recently; interesting material that I’ll be listening to in a more extended sense for sure.

    I’ve been on a huge Skinless kick recently, especially ‘Foreshadowing Our Demise’ and ‘Trample The Weak, Hurdle The Dead’, which are my personal favorites from them. The only album of theirs that didn’t strike me is ‘From Sacrifice To Survival’. Everything else from them I love.

    Really digging the new Abominable Putridity album too. Matti Way is the king of Brutal vocals.

    1. I reckon you’d probably like Abnormity’s debut, they’re a Russian band that sound a fair bit like Abominable Putridity, but with more slams.

  2. The drumwork on Festival of Death is just incredible.The blasts scream endurance, and he didn’t use triggers either, which sounds perfect. The snare has the same raw crack that you can hear on Blasphemy Made Flesh, and the volume’s even all the way through. Not to mention use of a china cymbal in a ride beat, rather than a deathcore-esque chug-fest. 2 old-school albums I’m really starting to enjoy are Amorphis’ “Tales from the Thousand Lakes”, and Baphomet’s “The Dead Shall Inherit”. Neither are technical on any instrument, but the vocals on both albums are great, and the Amorphis album has some beautiful melodies on songs such as “The Castaway”. Check them out if you haven’t already, neither are tech-death but both (being released in 1994 and 1992 respectively) are well before their time.

  3. “I have nothing against newer tech-death, I love a bit of Obscura or Psycroptic, but I just prefer the raw sound of older tech-death, albums such as None so Vile, or Assuming the God Form just really do it for me.”

    I know exactly what you mean. One of my favorite expressions of raw production is Brodequin’s discography, especially ‘Festival Of Death’. ‘None So Vile’ is indisputably one of the greatest Death Metal albums of all time. I’m also quite partial to Oppressor’s ‘Solstice Of Oppression’.

    “And yep, the Brain Drill review is generally positive, it’s more of a warning label for those who still have feelings for metalcore, but are starting to discover death metal.”

    All right. Should be a good read in any case.

  4. I have nothing against newer tech-death, I love a bit of Obscura or Psycroptic, but I just prefer the raw sound of older tech-death, albums such as None so Vile, or Assuming the God Form just really do it for me. And yep, the Brain Drill review is generally positive, it’s more of a warning label for those who still have feelings for metalcore, but are starting to discover death metal.

  5. “This release is nothing but pure proof that 90′s technical death metal was better than the recent stuff.”

    I love both for different reasons. 90’s technical death metal produced so many indisputable classics but there’s a sizable percentage of tech-death these days I can never get enough of. Bands like Brain Drill, Origin, Viraemia, Incinerate, Internal Suffering, Mindly Rotten and several key others.

    I noticed you have a review for ‘Apocalyptic Feasting’ in the works. It’ll be very interesting to see where you stand on Brain Drill. I’m probably the biggest fan of theirs on the site so be as brutally honest as you can.

  6. Thank you for this, I forgot this band even existed. This release is nothing but pure proof that 90’s technical death metal was better than the recent stuff. Whether it’s the raw sound shown on this release and Cryptopsy’s first 2 albums to name a couple, or whether it’s just that every idea’s been used, I’ll never know. Also, their vocalist sounds like Satan himself. Great review/blast from the past.

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