Unlike many other Relapse bands, with all due respect, Obscura remain rather comprehensible, as they don't let their sense of melody get buried under the brutality of the music. Technically outstanding Death Metal by former members of Pestilence and Necrophagist.
Tracklist - Cosmogenesis
- 1.The Anticosmic Overload
- 2.Choir Of Spirits
- 3.Universe Momentum
- 5.Orbital elements
- 6.Desolate Spheres
- 7.Infinite rotation
- 10.Centric Flow
EMP Editorial Team (08.01.2009)
After Deadborn, here’s the next German top-notch technically complex Death Metal band hiring ex-Necrophagist musicians: axe man Christian Muenzner and drummer Hannes Grossmann were also active on "Epitaph". The only one left from the 2004 line-up on "Retribution" is Obscura’s founder Steffen Kummerer (vocals/guitar). He digs early Death, and you could hear that already on the debut - check out "Lack of comprehension"... On the second album, which is far better regarding compositions and sound, intricate melodies rule, and your ears may catch a hint of Schuldiner’s guitar language on the opener "The anticosmic overload", for example. Jeroen Paul Thesseling - well-known from the once disputed, now loved Pestilence opus "Spheres" - adds tone colours with his fretless bass. Details such as non-distorted guitars ("Universe momentum"), subliminal choirs ("Infinite rotation"), or spheric voices ("Noospheres") and the sudden brutality of "Desolate spheres" are particular ear candies.
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Obscura's 'Cosmogenesis' is the first album in a tentative four album concept piece, and seeing as this Obscura is an almost completely different lineup than the one heard on 'Retribution', this is the band's defacto debut. As good as 'Cosmogenesis' is however, the music still feels somewhat conventional for technical death metal. Particularly in regards to the cold, mechanical production, Obscura are not yet a full head above their competition at this point. Regardless, Obscura obviously have technical chops beyond most in metal, but what makes them stand out is their intelligence and complex composition. It's easy to play fast, but Obscura steps up to the plate and delivers a calibre of songwriting that justifies their technical abilities.
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