Satan Alpha Omega
Hells Headbangers Records
Deiphago‘s debut in 2006, Satanic Eon was a nice, chaotic war metal release, and the band easily proved themselves to be one of Asia’s premier bestial black/death metal act with that brutal debut, with heavy references from Canadian-styled war metal bands such as Revenge and Nyogthaeblisz. Unfortunately, their 2009 follow up Filipino Antichrist barely caught my ear, and though chaos is of the essence for bands such as Deiphago, it resulted in a rather unstructured mess on their sophomore. Satan Alpha Omega marks their third full length release, and it would be great to see how the band has progressed since then.
As is rather unexpected from the band, the Intro sets down the uneasy mood in the listener, a nice prelude for the chaos and destruction that is to come right after that. And without any warning at all, the band begins their onslaught with Human Race Absolute End. The raw and bestial feel that the band has been known for has not only been retained, but the band further pushes their boundaries and explores how far they can push the sanity of the listener with Satan Alpha Omega. The riffs unleashed by Sidapa are still as chaotic as ever and still border on being formless, sounding like a heavily distorted, crushing wall of sound, and riff-oriented music easily reminds listeners of Canadian war metal fanatics Conqueror. The guitar solos unleashed are also chaotic and are reminiscent of those that Vermin has done on Revenge, with an absolute focus on the speed and intensity and not so much on the melodic aspects. Voltaire 666’s vocals are still extremely barbaric, as he alternates between his tortured growls/shrieks and some whispered vocals, spitting out the lyrics with hate and spite.
But one thing that absolutely helped to make Satan Alpha Omega perhaps Deiphago‘s best effort yet has to be the drumming of new drummer Savnok. The relentless blasting and the style that he utilises throughout the album display the influences that he has drawn from drummers such as James Read and Black Witchery‘s Vaz, particularly on moments such as the starting moments of Exalted Hate, and this, for me is absolutely charming, especially with the marked increase in the emphasis on the drums as well. Compared to prior efforts as well, Deiphago has certainly displayed a slightly more structured form in their songwriting this time, yet without compromising the barbaric style that they have come to be known for.
Certainly, this form of music has never been intended to be easy listening and those accustomed to clean production and melodic music will never understand this. But for fans of such bestial black/death metal, Satan Alpha Omega is definitely a must-have, and is probably the best work that Deiphago has put out thus far.