CORPS-SANS-ORGANES - Deleuze Edition

Corps-Sans-Organes - Deleuze Edition

8 songs
27:14 minutes
***** ***


As strange as it may sound, death metal and philosophy have gone hand in hand since the early days of this extreme metal genre. Death metal pioneers Death became more and more philosophical during the course of their expanding career. And yet when it comes to Colombian technical death metal trio Corps-Sans-Organes, they are taking the whole concept to another level.

Their first longplayer Deleuze Edition is named after French philosopher Gilles Deleuze and assembles the tracks from their two preceding EPs The Deleuzian Century Vol. 1 & 2. The band name itself is titled after an important concept of Deleuzeís body of work. Also this is a concept album about the different aspects of Deleuzeís ideas, and as much as I tried to inform myself about it, I left with the impression that CsO are far better informer in that matter than I am.

A lot of current death metal bands have great technical abilities, but few can be said to play technical death metal the way Corps-Sans-Organes are doing it. The hyperfast drums are building the foundation on which the guitarist and the bass player are putting their intricate riffs and rhythms. The vocals are quite high pitched for a death metal band, but not too unlike those of a late career Chuck Schuldiner for instance. The eight songs on the album donít even make it to half an hour, not really that much material for a band that has been together for five years, but then the different tracks are crammed with as many ideas as other bands might use for half an album.

In the end, you might call Deleuze Edition a progressive death metal album, but the band prefers the term technical death album, to highlight the incredible skills that have gone into giving birth to the songs. They are definitely not easy listening, and even after repeatedly running through the record from beginning to end, I canít say that there are any catchy parts that you will remind later, and yet the music is still as fascinating as when I first listened to it. The production is clear and tight, giving every instrument enough room to make its statement, and the technical prowess will allow comparisons to later Death or a more focused Ephel Duath. Deleuze Edition may only be a short longplayer, but it has enough power and gravitas to leave a lasting impression on its audience.

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