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Death's Design [Remaster]

  • 1. 1st Movement: Nerves in Rush - (with Diabolical Masquerade)
    2. 1st Movement: Death Ascends - The Hunt (Part II) - (with Diabolical Masquerade)
    3. 1st Movement: You Can't Hide Forever - (with Diabolical Masquerade)
    4. 1st Movement :Right on Time For Murder - The Hunt (Part III) - (with Diabolical Masquerade)
    5. 2nd Movement: Conscious in No Materia - (with Diabolical Masquerade)
    6. 2nd Movement: A Different Plane - (with Diabolical Masquerade)
    7. 2nd Movement: Invisible to Us - (with Diabolical Masquerade)
    8. 2nd Movement: The One Who Hides a Face Inside - (with Diabolical Masquerade)
    9. 3rd Movement: .And Don't Ever Listen to What It Says - (with Diabolical Masquerade)
    10. 3rd Movement: Revelation of the Puzzle - (with Diabolical Masquerade)
    11. 3rd Movement: Human Prophecy - (with Diabolical Masquerade)
    12. 3rd Movement: Where the Suffering Leads - (with Diabolical Masquerade)
    13. 4th Movement: The Remains of Galactic Expulsions - (with Diabolical Masquerade)
    14. 4th Movement: With Panic in the Heart - (with Diabolical Masquerade)
    15. 4th Movement: Out From the Dark - (with Diabolical Masquerade)
    16. 4th Movement: Still Coming at You - (with Diabolical Masquerade)
    17. 4th Movement: Out From a Deeper Dark - (with Diabolical Masquerade)
    18. 5th Movement: Spinning Back the Clocks - (with Diabolical Masquerade)
    19. 6th Movement: Soaring Over Dead Rooms - (with Diabolical Masquerade)
    20. 7th Movement: The Enemy Is the Earth - (with Diabolical Masquerade)
    21. 7th Movement: Recall - (with Diabolical Masquerade)
    22. 7th Movement: All Exits Blocked - (with Diabolical Masquerade)
    23. 7th Movement: The Memory Is Weak - (with Diabolical Masquerade)
    24. 7th Movement: Struck at Random/Outermost Fear - (with Diabolical Masquerade)
    25. 7th Movement: Sparks of Childhood Coming Back - (with Diabolical Masquerade)
    26. 8th Movement: Old People's Voodoo Seance - (with Diabolical Masquerade)
    27. 8th Movement: Mary-Lee Goes Crazy - (with Diabolical Masquerade)
    28. 8th Movement: Something Has Arrived - (with Diabolical Masquerade)
    29. 8th Movement: Possession of the Voodoo Party - (with Diabolical Masquerade)
    30. 9th Movement: Not of Flesh, Not of Blood - (with Diabolical Masquerade)
    31. 9th Movement: Intact With a Human Psyche - (with Diabolical Masquerade)
    32. 9th Movement: Keep Faith - (with Diabolical Masquerade)
    33. 10th Movement: Someone Knows What Scares You - (with Diabolical Masquerade)
    34. 10th Movement: A Bad Case of Nerves - (with Diabolical Masquerade)
    35. 10th Movement: The Inverted Dream/No Sleep in Peace - (with Diabolical Masquerade)
    36. 10th Movement: Information - (with Diabolical Masquerade)
    37. 10th Movement: Setting the Course - (with Diabolical Masquerade)
    38. 11th Movement: Ghost Inhabitants - (with Diabolical Masquerade)
    39. 11th Movement: Fleeing From Town - (with Diabolical Masquerade)
    40. 11th Movement: Overlooked Parts - (with Diabolical Masquerade)
    41. 12th Movement: A New Spark - Victory Theme (Part I) - (with Diabolical Masquerade)
    42. 12th Movement: Hope - Victory Theme (Part II) - (with Diabolical Masquerade)
    43. 12th Movement: Family Portraits - Victory Theme (Part III) - (with Diabolical Masquerade)
    44. 13th Movement: Smokes Starts to Churn - (with Diabolical Masquerade)
    45. 13th Movement: Hesitant Behavior - (with Diabolical Masquerade)
    46. 13th Movement: A Hurricane of Rotten Air - (with Diabolical Masquerade)
    47. 14th Movement: Mastering the Clock - (with Diabolical Masquerade)
    48. 15th Movement: They Come, You Go - (with Diabolical Masquerade)
    49. 16th Movement: Haarad el Chamon - (with Diabolical Masquerade)
    50. 16th Movement: The Egyptian Resort - (with Diabolical Masquerade)
    51. 16th Movement: The Pyramid - (with Diabolical Masquerade)
    52. 16th Movement: Frenzy Moods and the Other Odditites - (with Diabolical Masquerade)
    53. 17th Movement: Still Part of the Design - The Hunt (Part III) - (with Diabolical Masquerade)
    54. 17th Movement: Definite Departure - (with Diabolical Masquerade)
    55. 18th Movement: Returning to Haarad el Chamon - (with Diabolical Masquerade)
    56. 18th Movement: Life Eater - (with Diabolical Masquerade)
    57. 18th Movement: The Pulze - (with Diabolical Masquerade)
    58. 18th Movement: The Defiled Feeds - (with Diabolical Masquerade)
    59. 19th Movement: The River in Space - (with Diabolical Masquerade)
    60. 19th Movement: A Soulflight Back to Life - (with Diabolical Masquerade)
    61. 19th Movement: Instant Rebirth - Alternate Ending - (with Diabolical Masquerade)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): CDUILED-162

  • Credits

    Additional personnel includes: The Maalten Quartet.
    Composer: Diabolical Masquerade.
    Additional personnel: The Maalten Quartet, Estonia.
    The enigmatic Anders Nystrm (aka Blackheim, aka, superhuman guitarist for Katatonia, aka, compositional genius) -- whenever his name or talent is attached to a project, one should always take note. Because the guy is one the most talented musicians in all of metal-dom (even in popular music). His gentle, emotional sound waves, crafted in Katatonia, carry enough brevity to sink the moon, but Nystrm also has a cold-hearted, brutally heavy, yet enormously original side to him. His unused inventive energy is combined with his equally pent-up, hateful bliss to form Diabolical Masquerade. Primarily a solo project, with the occasional assistance of "that guy musicians call when they are short a player," Dan Swan, to handle Nystrm's desired percussive assault and keyboard duties. This latest opus is justly that -- a swan song (hopefully not) masterpiece which expounds all of Nystrm's juices and pushes the limits of extreme metal to unfathomable artistic heights. How, daresay, does he pull off this magic act? By creating a soundtrack to a supposed Swedish horror film, Death's Design, that's how. Employing the Maalten Quartet from Estonia to assist with the film orchestration, Nystrm throws everything but the proverbial kitchen sink at his listeners. Sixty-one tracks of sonic madness filled with grinding death metal, circusy keyboards, venom-spewing vocals, deliciously melodic/sometimes-violent guitar orchestration, and of course Dan Swan's famous overly sentimental, Disney soundtrack-like clean vocals. That description alone is the tip of the iceberg, as the album is segmented into 20 movements, each with a distinct flavor and employing varied musical tricks. To individualize or nitpick certain tracks would take way too much time. The album, in all its overarching savageness, is poignantly beautiful. It encapsulates one man's utter devotion to metal and his compositional freedom. Nystrm not only outdoes past masterpieces like "Nightwork" with his rare brand of scope and grandeur, but he utterly annihilates groups like Rhapsody (who claim orchestral superiority) by giving listeners a total package they don't have to be embarrassed showing their girlfriends. Folks, this is intelligent, highly progressive, extraordinarily heavy quasi-film score music (complete with token nods to Conan's score) filled with various horror samples, repeating motifs, mixed emotions, and a bloodcurdling salutation from Nystrm himself. Travis Smith's artwork and photography are also staggering, as he puts himself on par with his luminous cover for Katatonia's "Last Fair Deal Gone Down," with its rare amalgam of organic imagery and cold, digital symmetry. Lastly, it should be noted that in order to achieve the intended level of listening satisfaction, one must start from the beginning. Then one can absorb Swan's keyboard nuances, Blackheim's guitar exorcisms, and the overall ambiences which shape this release as one of metal's rare peaks. Not until Death Design's final disharmonic notes subside can one shake the cobwebs, returning to a grounded consciousness and the glass house they call reality. Or do they? ~ Jason Hundey

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