SPIRITUAL DECEPTION released Oxymoron on October 8. Links to purchase and/or stream follow:
|“This is one intelligent band for the most academic members of the brutal death metal scene. A band who set out to combine two extremes of the music and came back with something unique that sets them apart from the rest of the brutal death metal I’ve heard this year. Great job.”|
– Metal Rules
“The group does indeed traffic in technical brutal death metal enhanced by a symphonic veneer. Oxymoron is damn good shit.”
– Metal Injection
“An interesting concept buried amongst the raging and frothing sound of death metal; Spiritual Deception certainly nail the feeling of celestial battles. Blistering death metal.” (9/10)
– Games, Brrraaains & A Head-Banging Life
“A very good piece of atmospheric Technical Brutal Death Metal.” (9/10)
“The lines between Technical Deathcore and Technical Death Metal have been blurred throughout the EP but frankly, who cares? Don’t be a purist, if it sounds great, listen!” (8/10)
– Metal Noise
“An already mature band and definitely ready to face the stumbling block of the first full-length; from year to year, from EP to EP, the Milanese quartet has always been, until now, in constant growth, reaching its peak with Oxymoron.”
– All Around Metal
“Intense Death Metal EP that crushes everything in its path.”
“A lot of quality and brutality at the same time in these songs.” (8/10)
– Dargedik Rock Metal Webzine
“Well composed and structured.”
– Italia Di Metallo
Following EP releases in 2018 (self-titled) and 2019 (Etemenanki), Oxymoron showcases the band’s highest level of compositional strength and technical prowess to date. A most apt summation of the sound heard on Oxymoron is introspective death metal infused with technical riffs and obscure atmospheres.
The band released the following statement concerning the finer points of the forthcoming EP:
“Oxymoron is born as a concept about light and darkness’ dualism. It takes inspiration from myths, Talmud, and works of literature. In the heart of the EP we placed a 3-part endeavour, composed by the triptych Captatio Benevolentiae’, ‘Oxymoron,’ and ‘Damnatio Memoriae,’ as inspired by John Milton’s Paradise Lost. This mini-concept deals with the relationship between God and Lucifer, their conflict and how each character is depicted by the original author, focusing on the anti-hero concept.
The track ‘Oxymoron’ is actually the antipodes’ meeting point: God and Lucifer, Light and Darkness, Hero and Anti-Hero.
From a musical point of view the three-part concept can be experienced as a standalone and unique song, composed as a three-part climax, with the track ‘Oxymoron’ as a joining link, both musically and conceptually.
‘Hidden in Consciousness’ is a reflection about an alternative origin of mankind, inspired by Mesopotamian mythology.
‘Serpent’s speech’ concerns Lucifer’s thoughts about his and mankind’s condition, how they are deeply linked, one with the other, and actually being the same.”
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Andrea Oriani at Blue House Studio.
Orchestration by Giacomo Savina at Black Alley Studios.
Produced by Spiritual Deception.
Artwork by Luca Zanlorenzi at ZZ Logos.
T-shirts’ graphics by Andreas Christanetoff at Armaada Art.
Band photos by Francesca Mancini.
Videos and graphic videos by Luca Zanlorenzi.
Mirko Frontini – Vocals, Guitar
Riccardo Maccarana – Guitar
Billy Repalam – Bass
Manuel Del Giudice – Drums
Spiritual Deception was born in June 2016 from an idea of Mirko Frontini (guitar) and Luca Zanlorenzi (vocal) after the breakup of their previous band Humans Ablaze.
In a short time Gabriele Della Stua (bass) and Manuel Del Giudice (drums) joined the band to complete the line-up.
In 2019 Gabriele parted ways with the band and Riccardo Maccarana joined the line-up as an additional guitarist.
In 2020 Billy Repalam joined the band as a new bass player and Mirko Frontini became the main vocalist of the band, while keeping playing guitar, after Luca’s departure the same year.