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.