Deathspell Omega - Si Monvmentvm Reqvires, Circvmspice 2-LP (Black vinyl)
Gatefold cover. Delivered with A2 poster.
Deathspell Omega’s Si Monumentum Requires, Circumspice has established itself as one of the most influential and controversial black metal albums to date. It has become the most famous and influential album in the burgeoning ‘Orthodox’ style. In my opinion, the album is a triumph, developing an incredibly evil, hypnotic atmosphere. However, the band’s references to Christianity and many listeners’ suspicions of theistic Satanism on their part have attracted a good deal of criticism. However, my understanding of the album leads me to believe that Deathspell Omega sought to satirize Christianity and develop a thoroughly secular, if potentially spiritual, worldview in Si Monumentum Requires, Circumspice, one that uses Satan symbolically in the service of a metaphysical and ontological argument. Furthermore, the musical composition is richly textured, varied, and effectively atmospheric. Thus, the album refines a philosophical criticism of Christianity into an art form.