The first edition is released with a CD exclusive bonus track.
Five years after the release of the hyper album "Omnivium" Obscura take off again with their new album "Akroasis". The excellent LP was produced by the band in collaboration with V. Santura (Triptykon, Pestilence) and certainly provides one of the highlights of the upcoming year in this genre. For fans of Death, Necrophagist, Gorguts, Spawn of Possession, Cynic, The Faceless and Origin this is a must.
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Tracklist - Akroasis
- 1.Sermon of the Seven Suns
- 2.The Monist
- 4.Ten Sepiroth
- 5.Ode to the Sun
- 6.Fractal Dimension
- 7.Perpetual Infinity
- 9.The Origin of Primal Expression (Bonustrack)
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On Akróasis we see Obscura continuing from new beginnings, that is to say, a band staying true to its trademark sound but evolving it to a form that has benefited from fresh blood and new songwriting strategies, all while staying within the borders of its conceptual and lyrical framework as well. It is a monumental task, to say the least, but Kummerer has pulled it off spectacularly, and truly the lasting impression is nothing short of sheer reverence.
It is a less frenetic and aggressive album, the speed noticeably toned down and rerouted towards a much more rhythmic course, which is very much on par with Death’s Individual Thought Patterns, in fact, a path that fits in very well with Obscura’s style without ever seeming too domineering. Tracks such as “Fractal Dimensions” showcase this marriage of harmonies deceptively well, whereas the title track is more upfront about it but in no way reeking of its source material. One of the major points of differentiation, though, has to be Sebastian Lanser, who is clearly the more gifted drummer, and his techniques at times create an unorthodox yet somehow fluid (not to mention, fascinating) instrumental interplay, such as on opener, “Sermon of the Seven Suns,” and towards the end on “Perpetual Infinity,” which might vaguely seem out of character even for progressive death metal.
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