I realy give this album 4 1/2 stars. This is a great death metal album. The volcals sound awesome, nice brutal understandable growls. The music is very brutal (the way death metal should be) in a symophany type way. It’s so technical, so perfect! This band is still not very well known, that’s to bad, a lot of people are missing out on some very good music.
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This is one of the best death metal albums I’ve ever heard. They have the sickest rhythm section ever! The drummer is just mad-crazy on this album, and the bass player actually STANDS out, which most other bands’ bassists usually fail to do. Plus he’s playing a 6-string FRETLESS. I’m pretty sure he spent lots of time arranging his parts in this album (of course the same applies to all other members as well, haha). And the guitar work, pure beauty, if that can be used to describe a death metal album. Where lots of bands fail to be melodic AND brutal, Obscura shows them how it’s done. They are one of those few bands that never get too repetitive nor boring, but are totally the complete opposite. Their melodies just make you crave more and more, so hitting the pause or stop button is a very difficult task when listening. I rarely find a death metal album like that anymore… One thing on this album that’s a little different (in a good way of course) is in “Universe Momentum,” at about 1:04 into the song there an acoustic passage with some dark, atmospheric classical elements. I love it when bands put in the most unexpected twists such as this. It gives the song a new perspective and totally fits.
As for highlights, I don’t have any. The whole album all the way through is solid, I could play the whole thing through twice without getting tired of it. If you’re into Necrophagist but can’t take their sudden changes in structure into these weird jazzy passages (which I personally like, but to each their own), Obscura may be more up your alley. As a matter of fact, I read somewhere that the drummer and one of the guitarists played in Necrophagist for a while, so that may explain their sound a bit. Also, when I listen I can also hear hints of bands like Demons and Wizards (intro to “Orbital Elements”) (yeah, an odd comparison, I know), Arch Enemy(?), and as someone mentioned in an earlier review, Death (most notably in “Incarnated,” the verse reminds me of “Misanthrope”).
I definitely recommend this to anyone who a fan of the mentioned bands above, or for someone looking for something new to hear. This is an essential for every metal collection… Not just “death” metal, but METAL collections. So what are you waiting for?! Buy it!!!
This is definitely one of the best new releases I’ve come across in a good, long time. Obscura seemlessly melds technical death metal with more of a progressive element on this incredible album. There are a lot of harmonized guitar lines, blast beats, and death growls, but there also slower tempo moments that display a wider range of musicality and dynamism. There are some clean vocals, too, but they are definitely not operatic like Hammerfall or Blind Guardian. I think, actually, the vocalist is probably not the best singer, so the clean interludes don’t offer anything mind-blowing in a melodic sense. Nonetheless, the clean vocals fit nicely into the mix.
By the far the most impressive element of this band and this album is the bassist. All too often the bass is but an afterthought in extreme music, melding inconspicuously into the background. Obscura, however, bring the bass right back to the main stage, a la Iron Maiden and Sadus. The bassist plays a 6-string fretless bass, and it is definitely an integral piece of Obscura’s sound. The bass lines, fills, and (yes!) solos add so much to their music, and I think set them apart from a lot of mediocre bands.
This album is a must-listen for anyone who appreciates technical death metal, particurly the European bands, like Necrophagist and Pestilence. But I would also challenge those of you just discovering heavier music to check it out, too. Fans of God Forbid, Lamb of God, In Flames, Arch Enemy, and the like should be able to find something you’ll like here.
I recommend this album. The songs are melodic, I can actually hear chord progressions, which is not the norm for death. Stellar performances by all musicians. I can actually hear the bass playing notes, on a fretless even.
The vocals have a bit of Gorguts style to them, which is a good thing.
100 percent quality brutal melodic death metal. Does brutal MELODIC death metal make sense? Obscura does.
This album rocks. the guitar work is impressive and the fretless bass is a great addition. this band knows how to write technical death metal tunes without ever boring the listener. This bands creativity, songwriting, and skill, reminds me a lot Death. I highly recommend this album to anyone into metal and not just people into technical death metal.