Deadspace – The Promise of Oblivion

Rating: 4/5
Distributor/label: Independent/Unsigned
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Released:  2015
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Band Lineup

Ben Stanley – Drums
Alex Boserini – Guitars
Nish Raghavan – Guitars
Drew James Grifiths – Guitars, Bass, Backing Vocals
Chris Gebauer – Guitars, Lead Vocals


1. The Promise of Oblivion
2. With Tears of Callous Lust
3. I’ll Buy the Rope
4. The Clouds Won’t Shade the Pain
5. Oblivion
6. Schadenfreude
7. Pain’s Grey
8. In the Coldness of the Darkest Night



Out of all the black metal genres, depressive suicidal black metal has to be my least favourite. Up until discovering this new Australian outfit, I was sick and tired of 20 minute songs consisting of nothing but pianos accompanied by people sobbing in an infantile manner. Now I know depression and mental health are very serious things and I know it is good to use music to express your feelings – that’s the whole point of metal in my opinion – but DSBM did not seem to offer anything legitimate. Until Deadspace came onto the scene with first release, The Promise Of Oblivion.

According to their biography, Deadspace began as a one man project where vocalist Chris Gebauer would vent his depression and eventually it evolved into the five man outfit representing Perth on this record.

We begin with a piano which is dreary and reminiscent of horror movies, but then it changes to more common bl
ack metal at what can only be described as an audible jump scare. The lo-fi distortion of the mike gives Gebaur’s vocals an impression of what Fenriz (Darkthrone) would sound like if he made DSBM. ‘With Tears of Callous Lust’ picks up directly and has some drums which sound almost tribal – maybe a reference to the Aborigines in the band’s local area. Plus these songs are short in length, just over 3 minutes. I believe this is how you make good DSBM because the lengths on many releases do appear gratuitous at times.

‘I’ll Buy the Rope’ chronicles a man’s contemplation of suicide and the lengths he’ll take to relieve himself of pain. It sounds like early Borknagar, so being able to sound like classic Norwegian acts and DSBM is quite a good move for this group.

‘Oblivion’ is an instrumental soundbite which I couldn’t tell if it was from a movie or had been specially made. There’s the sound of a life support machine and ends with a sudden gunshot which I was not expecting. Then ‘Pain’s Grey’ and ‘In the Coldness of the Darkest Night’ round off the release with some melodies that will please people into psychedelic black metal like Nachtmystium.

All in all, one very impressive album which made me wonder if DSBM was the right label for it. Deadspace do sound quite bog-standard black metal on most of it so it’ll please a wide range of fans. Good first album.

Review by Demitri Levantis