We also now carry the limited edition, deluxe gatefold double LP edition of this masterwork of progressive French black metal that was released by Norma Evangelium Diaboli. Somewhat expensive, but this double LP looks amazing, filled with Deathspell Omega's twisted theological lyricism and their dark, evocative artwork, and also includes a large Deathspell Omega poster.
2004's Si Monvmentvm Reqvires Circvmspice had been out of print for some time before being reissued through Ajna Offensive/Southern Lord, but now this masterpiece of weird, theological black metal is readily available, and we've got it on both CD and a special limited edition double LP release.
Deathspell Omega's third album Si Monvmentvm Reqvires Circvmspice is a high water mark for 21st century progressive black metal, and four years after it's original release, it remains one of the most ferociously groundbreaking albums to come out of the French black metal scene in this decade. Previous releases had showcased a raw, buzzing Satanic blastbeast descended directly from the primitive black metal of Darkthrone, but by the time Deathspell Omega recorded Si Monvmentvm, they became something much different, harnessing the grim unearthly glow of Black Legions outfits like Mutiilation, the progressive tendencies of Leviathan, and the droning midpaced blackness of Burzum. The music is mysterious and otherworldy, filled with hypnotic midpaced tempos and the infrequent blastbeat, weirdly mathy arpeggiated guitar parts that have drawn comparisons to post-rockers Slint, sorrowful but surprisingly memorable riffs, convoluted arrangements and eerie ambient passages, subtle industrial noise, evil croaking vocals, and haunting Gregorian-style chants. A strangely complex and melodic black metal masterpiece. Highly recommended.