Master of Muppets
This thing has had a death grip on my '19 top three since before it even dropped, among the absolute very best melancholic -anything released this year. Doom, sludge, post rock, black metal, classical piano... this thing's got it all, and it uses its weapons to utterly break you. Trust me, you want to be broken. www.angrymetalguy.com/deha-cruel-words-review/Favorite track: butterflies.
When Déhà started making music under his own name "Déhà", he made sure to state that a lot of different music styles would be mixed. It showed on "Halo", a long experimental piano piece, and on "4 5 6", a highly acclaimed progressive post black metal album.
"Cruel Words" continues that path and is the musical embodiment of one kind of depression. Mixing elements of sludge doom and post rock, the album is impressively crushing, heavy, melodic and emotional, as one is used with Déhà's music.
released March 29, 2019
All instruments, all vocals, all lyrics*, all production, artistic direction and calligraphy by Déhà
Drawings by Oana Beatrice Popescu
Layout, photography & artworks by Irene Serrano
Photography by Céline Dejoie
* except "i am mine to break" co-written with Reinhard Hirschauer
This album stands out to me as one of the most emotionally powerful black metal albums I've ever heard. I'd be hard-pressed to name another album that is so simultaneously furious and beautiful. Cody Hunsberger
"Curse These Metal Hands" parlays the UK bands' chemistry into a record which—for all its tinnitus-inducing ferocity and elegiac arrangements—practically drips with transcendent joy. Bandcamp Album of the Day Aug 19, 2019