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Product Description

OBSCURA release their Relapse Records debut 'Cosmogenesis'. 'Cosmogenesis' is a front-to-back stroke of brilliance that seamlessly fuses modern metals extremity, the upper levels of technical virtuosity, and the symphonic grace of progressive music into a flawless album experience. Boasting a line-up featuring ex-members of such legendary bands as PESTILENCE and NECROPHAGIST.

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One of 2009's best metal albums and a timeless classic in the making!

1. Anticosmic Overload
2. Choir Of Spirits
3. Universe Momentum
4. Incarnated
5. Orbital Elements
6. Desolate Spheres
7. Infinite Rotation
8. Noosphere
9. Cosmogenesis
10. Centric Flow

Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 17, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: MRI
  • ASIN: B001O12THG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,618 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By James M. Pearson on March 21, 2009
Format: Audio CD
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.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Brett on March 18, 2009
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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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy Brackeen on April 6, 2011
Format: Audio CD
I swear, this is truly some of the best modern technical death metal that I've listened to. Obscura's "Cosmogenesis" is simply put a flawlessly virtuoistic, and amazingly mindblowing technical death metal masterpiece that delivers all the goods, and it's also one of the best death metal releases of 2009 I might add. Whenever I listen to this album, I always feel like I'm being engulfed into some kind of dark yet beautiful cosmic universe or something like that. It has the absolute perfect blend of brutality and beauty, it's just amazing no questions asked. Obscura really reminds me alot of such great technical death metal bands like Necrophagist, Pestilence, Gorguts, and even Death (late period stuff), and of course the band's lineup on here does consist of some ex members of Necrophagist (guitarist Christian Muenzner and drummer Hannes Grossman) and Pestilence (bassist Jeroen Paul Thesseling). The overall production on "Cosmogenesis" is simply flawless and perfect, and of course the band's musicianship is even more flawless and dynamic throughout this amazing album. Steffen Kummerer has insanely awesome vocals with a nice combo of eerily, creepy shrieks, and insane gutteral growls and roars, and also not to mention that both Kummerer and Christian Muenzner are a very dynamic duo on the guitars I might add. Together they lash out fast, aggressive, complexed riffage combined with awesomely shredding yet beautifully melodic and technical solos that will make every part of your face melt. Meanwhile drummer Hannes Grossman pummels and dazzles with his outstanding percussioning throughout the album, tons of mad, crazy blast beats and blistering double bass kicking, and of course Jeroen Paul Thesseling's basslines are just absolutely amazing, jaw dropping, and very complexed on here.Read more ›
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