Review : OBSCURA – "Omnivium"

Release: 2011Mar29 (US)
Label: Relapse
Rating: 5/5

2011 is turning out to be another stellar year in Metal. We have seen some absolute gems in these first few months, with a great traditional doom album from Ghost, a djenty full length from TesseracT and the rawest of black metal from Dragged into Sunlight. Well, tech death fans, you’re up. Germany’s Obscura has given us their latest attempt to deafen their fans: Omnivium, which picks up where Cosmogenesis left off and pushes you light years further into the void.

With this release, Obscura distinguishes by their innate sense of immersion. Omnivium maintains the outer space sound from Cosmogenesis but has a far more intimate atmosphere. Last time, their focus was definitely on making a brutal, awe-inspiring album that would let the world know just who they are. Omnivium is all that and then some, but sometimes it grabs and takes you to uncharted territories. Their mysterious celestial theme is the strongest it has ever been, and it adds huge depth to this music. And that, my friends, is the key to being a successful tech death band: atmosphere. While bands like Origin have been great for the genre and made some crazy music in their day, they still garner nicknames like Bore-igin and may be why the term “weedily” exists. Bands relying on technical skill ONLY end up becoming dull, if not lousy. Obscura has found their niche. Much like The Faceless, they have managed to blend atmosphere and emotion with intense and chaotic death metal perfectly.

If there is one important thing to point out about this album, it’s the eighth track—Obscura‘s magnum opus. “A Transcendental Serenade” is a beautiful death metal song and one of the best instrumentals I have ever heard. It has every good quality that you could ever ask for—it’s as heavy as it is haunting, paced perfectly, and not a single note goes unnoticed. In a collection of fantastic tracks, this one stands head and shoulders above; not to take anything away from the others, but it truly has something special.

In closing, don’t miss Omnivium… period.

Notable Tracks: All of them. Especially 8.

01. Septuagint
02. Vortex Omnivium
03. Ocean Gateways
04. Euclidean Elements
05. Prismal Dawn
06. Celestial Spheres
07. Velocity
08. A Transcendental Serenade
09. Aevum

~Cole Dougherty


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