Kenose is Deathspell Omega's follow-up to their album Si Monvmentvm Reqvires, Circvmspice. Kenose is only three tracks and is 36 minutes long. These were some of the best 36 minutes of my life. This album is dark, deep and has a haunting feel to it. Kenose is great in every aspect, from lyrics to album artwork.
The lyrics sound like a thesis paper. They are written so well and press the listener to draw their own conclusions from the lyrics. The lyrics are thought-triggering and intelligent. One wonderful thing about Kenose is that it includes phrases in Latin, German, French and English. This use of different tongues shows off Deathspell's intelligence and works wonderfully on the album. Although Kenose mixes all of these different elements together, the album flows perfectly and flawlessly. Overall, the lyrics are done wonderfully and are quite intelligent.
Now, we go on to the music. The bass, guitars and vocals are excellent. They all just flow in this unstoppable wave of awe-inspiring black metal. I must say, the vocals may the best part of the whole album. I believe Deathspell Omega's vocalist's name is Mikko. He has the perfect voice for black metal. His voice sounds so dark and fits in perfectly with the guitar and bass work. Another wonderful thing about this album is the great pace of it. Kenose I starts off slow and then the musical chaos begins. Kenose II continues this chaos and leads into Kenose III which, has a part in which the music slows down and calms. This calm is just the calm before the storm. The fury begins after this calm and Kenose ends on a high note. The music is wonderful, entrancing and very well put together.
Another thing I would like to discuss is the album artwork. It's very creepy and has the same haunting feel as the music has. It seems abstract and requires the listener to interpret what it means by themselves. I love music that makes you think about its' every aspect, as Kenose does. All thinkers will love this artwork. I have to give it to Deathspell, they make artwork that really goes along with their music.
Overall, I think Kenose is one of the greatest albums I've ever heard. You just don't listen to this album; you FEEL it and EXPERIENCE it. This album is a journey to dark lands and ideals. Everything on this album just flows together so well and sounds so great. I really have nothing bad to say about it, except I wish it were longer. It's so great but, so short. Oh well, it's amazing as is. If you read this review and feel interested, (which I hope you do) you should buy this album. Don't let this one slip by you. I've said it before and I'll say it again: Kenose is awe-inducing black metal!