OCTOBER 10th 2014
VESANIA: DEUS EX MACHINA
Review by Metal Mom
Genre: Genre Symphonic Black Metal
Hometown: Warsaw, Poland
Record Label: Metal Blade Records
Orion - guitars and voices
Daray - drums
Siegmar - synths and samples
Heinrich - bass
Valeo - guitars
Release Date: October 27, 2014 via Metal Blade Records.
UNITED STATES RESIDENTS ONLY: as a reminder that the priority of the new album VESANIA continues! Until 15.10.2015, you can still order along with a limited edition t-shirt! until the release of the album will be available in a special pre-sales, price.
"Deus Ex Machina" will be released in Poland, through 25.10.2014 was released by Fonografika/Tune Project world premiere CD-28.10.2014 by Metal Blade PRESALE-visit: http://www.fonografika.pl/sklep/deus-ex-machina/
For some of you that don’t know Vesania, they are from Poland, and are symphonic black metal act that features current and former members of Behemoth, Dimmu Borgir, Vader, and Decapitated, and have been creating their insaneness for over a decade. Their roots are firmly planted in Poland, but their reach has been slowing reaching across the lands. The talent from these members speaks loud of their knowledge and their ability to put together some world class albums. And soon, they are about to unleash their 4th full length album.
I am a huge Vesania fan, and I can boast that I have the split/studio albums/single in my possession, just missing the demos, and I also am proud owner of a few Vesania tattoos. So I was thrilled to know that a new album was being released this year, after 7 long silent years, “Deus Ex Machina”. Look up that and this is what you find: “Deus ex machina, from Latin deus, meaning “A god”, ex, meaning “from”, and machina, meaning “A device, a scaffolding, an artifice”. A calque from Greek (ἀπὸ μηχανῆς θεός (apò mēkhanḗs theós), meaning "god from the machine". And that makes perfect sense coming from Vesania. Now with me being such a huge fan, I am a little worried about reviewing this one, I want to love it, but also afraid on the other hand I might not. But I am going to get on with it, and just review this one as I do all the others that come in.
First thing I notice is the names of the songs, all one word, different, but am curious as to why. When someone says Vesania, the first song that comes to mind is “Hell is for Children”, off the Distractive Killusions album, their last from 2007. It’s a song that just seems to represent them.
Right from the get go, the distinctive vocals of Orion are heard, and you know it’s the sound of Vesania. There are a few subtle changes in his vocals, like a deeper Immortal sound at times, giving it that much more of a great listening pleasure. Musically, symphonic is the way to go, such melody, a perfect blend, completing the sound to a magnificent level. Not everyone can do symphonic, but the talented musicians in Vesania, create a sound with each instrument that harmonizes and let’s the listener sit back and take it all in.
The drumming can be heard, but not overpowering, and not messy, perfectly executed to each and every song. There is some guitar riffs that create a powerful sound, keyboards add that harmony, and they blend, making for a wondrous element. Bass usually is a hard instrument to hear, unless you are hammering at it, but nicely played here. Vesania seems to be a perfect blend, a puzzle that fits together completely. And let’s not forget the undeniable vocals, in fact, on this album there are some obvious changes, Orion has the brutal distinctive ability, but there are also some mellow background to be heard. All in all this album has a lot more to it, giving us the listener much more to appreciate.
I took my time, and I can tell you I listened many times, to really hear what this was all about, but the wait of 7 years, was well worth it. There is a madness to it, which makes sense since Vesania in Latin stands for "madness" or "insanity". I will tell you right now that of all 10 songs on this album, none, none at all sound alike, there are changes, some subtle, others blatantly obvious, all making for an extreme listen. I can tell that time was taken to put this album out, they didn’t rush, they wanted you to remember this album. They succeeded, in fact, I didn’t find anything wrong with it, and it’s not because I am a fan, I like a band that puts some thought into their work, don’t just throw anything out there just to give the fans something.
Do I have a favourite song, gee, I don’t think so, every time I listened to the album, I did try to pick just one, but each has so much to offer, that I can’t. That in itself says a lot, means there is no filler on here, you won’t be skipping over any of the songs, you are going to want to listen to each and every one, and fully listen, you need to take each song as it’s own, to fully appreciate the talent of each of the musicians here. They are talented, make no mistake about that. I honestly went over the album numerous times, thinking I have to find something negative. I personally couldn’t find a thing, so let’s say now, I am hooked, I do love each and every song on this album, there is so much to get from Deus ex Machina. Thank you Vesania for giving us your fans, another fine example of accomplished musicians. Now excuse me while I listen some more. A fine example of what Vesania is all about.
Firefrost Arcanum (2003)
God the Lux (2005)
Distractive Killusions (2007)
Deus ex machina (2014)
Reh (Tape) (1997)
CD Promo (1999)
Rage of Reason (2008)