Vesania – Deus Ex Machina (2014)


Featuring members (or ex-members) of Dimmu Borgir, Behemoth, Decapitated, etc., this Polish super group is set to make an impact with their fourth full-length release “Deus Ex Machina”. Taking subtle elements for tons of bands like Samael, Emperor, Arcturus, Vulture Industries and making them their own, we are left with ten very unique tracks that will creep you out while allowing you to head bang to them.

Kicking off the release with the brutal Sympho-BM “Halflight”, we are treated to Orion’s talent both behind his sickening vocals and crushing riffs. This track is probably the most straightforward one since it fits solely in one genre. Things go circus like with the Arcuturs-inspired atmospheric elements of “Innocence”, one of the album’s best tracks. The band comes back with the Samael-sounding “Disillusion”, a very intoxicating band with tons of catchy melodic passages and superb drumming.

The experimental “Vortex” creates a very tense atmosphere that is nicely offset by the odd percussions and riffs. This is one of those tracks that immediately stand out as the band expands their sound into unknown territories… and completely excels at it. The uber catchy “Dismay” is another one of those songs that just gets stuck in your head for the rest of the day with its catchy chorus section that features… a trumpet? Brilliant. The same tendency seems to overtake songs like “Glare” and “Notion”, very unconventional, but extremely good.

Our personal favorite track in this release is the Borknagar/Arcturus-esque closer tracks “Fading” and “Scar” and their crushing wall of riffs paired with brilliant vocal melodies and crazy experimental elements. As a whole, “Deus Ex Machina” is one of the best Black Metal releases we have heard in 2014. We did not expect the band to evolve in this direction, but we are thankful for this. Blending all the best elements of bands that have taken Black Metal to new dimensions, Vesania creates a very cohesive sound that is unique to them and delivers it with great precision and grace. If you are buying an album this October, this is the one your hard earn money should go to.

Band: Vesania Album: Deus Ex Machina

Label: Metal Blade Records

Release: October 28th, 2014

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Genre: Symphonic/Avant-garde Black Metal

Country: Poland

Rating: 92/100

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