Demilich - Nespithe ©1994 Pavement
1. When The Sun Drank The Weight Of Water
2. The Sixteenth Six-tooth Son Of Fourteen Four Regional Dimensions
3. Inherited Rowel Levitation - Reduced Without Any Effort
4. The Echo (replacement)
5. The Putrefying Road In The Nineteenth Extremity (...somewhere Inside The Bo
6. (Within)The Chamber Of Whispering Eyes
7. And You'll Remain...(in Pieces Of Nothingness)
8. Erecshyrinol
9. The Planet That Once Used To Absorb Flesh In Order To Achieve Divinity And
10. The Cry
11. Raped Embalmed Beauty Sleep

In the annals of the history of obscure early 90s death metal, Finland's Demilich is a band that has always been spoken of with a sort of hushed reverence. Their one and only album, Nespithe, has snaked its way onto many a top ten favorite death metal albums list, and this subtle sense of worship is not without some merit, as even nearly fifteen years later the album still stands as one of the more unique and original entries in its field.

Demilich's brand was anything but traditional; I have been trying for ages to reach into my bag of music reviewer's adjectives in order to adequately describe the riffs and song structures that permeate this album: circuitous, atonal, sludgy, sometimes grinding, and altogether fucked up. Either way, Demilich never let their songs drown in a field of blast beats. They kept their songs at a reasonably mid-paced groove. The most striking aspect of Demilich, and the one that all reviewers and fans seem to bring up the most, were the absolutely other-worldly vocalizations of Antti Boman. Sounding somewhat akin to a swamp creature with throat cancer, his unbelievably deep, guttural belching (completely unaided by vocal processors or pitch shifting, mind you) still sounds absolutely nothing like any other death metal vocalist around. The shamelessly nonsensical, sometimes anagrammatic song-titles do nothing but add to the swampy, nether-worldly atmosphere of the album.

With a recent reformation and subsequent (not to mention final) break-up, it is highly unlikely that we will ever hear any new full-length albums from Demilich. I will spare the reader a recommendation for this album, as he or she will and/or should already have it.

Another note: By virtue of the band not getting any money from the recent Necropolis reissue of Nespithe, Antti Boman has made it so that every single song Demilich has ever recorded is now available for download via Demilich's official webpage.

Review by Alec A. Head

Review date: 05/2007

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