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Omnivium

March 29, 2011

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: March 29, 2011
  • Label: Relapse Records
  • Copyright: (c) 2011 Relapse Records Inc.
  • Total Length: 54:07
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  • ASIN: B004RLMMUE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,522 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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The drum work is flawless.
Spencer
Pretty much the same vibe as Cosmogenesis without sounding like the exact same songs.
J. Hill
I highly suggest any fan of extreme metal pick up this album.
S. Paige

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Scott Munden on April 8, 2011
Format: Audio CD
I usually shy away from technical death metal because much of it seems to consist of the same formula: add some crazy poly-rhythmic drum patterns and blast beats to some over-zealous guitar wankery, both coming straight out of the "betcha can't play this" school of music. Yeah, that stuff can be impressive when approached from a "technical" standpoint but if you are not a musician you tend to lose interest in it after awhile or be hard-pressed to tell one track from another. So I approached this one with caution, but after reading some great things about Obscura (and being intrigued by the cool cover art I must admit), I checked out a webpage streaming their new album and must say, it rocked. Seriously. Each track was technical yet each had a melody which allowed them stand on their own. Another cool thing was the flawless production; each instrument was clearly mixed and you could hear them all with great distinction..yes, even the bass! The album is a very good example of blending beauty with brutality: it has acoustic intros/interludes, death growls/clean vocals, and more importantly, a balance of madness and melody. Anyway, I ended up ordering the vinyl edition which arrived the other day and it hasn't left my turntable yet...I am mezmorized by this damn thing! I will definately be checking out their other work..if it is anything like Omnivium, consider me hooked and reinvigorated on technical death metal.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Luke on March 31, 2011
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Describing Obscura's third full length album Omnivium as highly anticipated seems understated following the dizzying impact of their sophomore album Cosmogenesis, which gave the sometimes tired and uninspired technical death metal genre a much needed shot in arm. Following the stylistic change and upward gear shift between the debut Retribution and Cosmogenesis, do not expect a similarly massive veer into new territory this time around. Omnivium works well as a natural continuation of the highly technical and progressive tendencies of its predecessor and ups the ante in regards to songwriting and the dazzling, complex song structures that are rich in dynamics and melody.

Individual performances are outstanding, as one would expect after hearing their last opus. What separates Obscura from the hordes of lesser tech death bands is their ability to craft memorable tunes that allow the music to breathe, saving space for the smoothly executed time changes and Obscura's knack for reigning in speed and blasts in favour of slower, crushing grooves and progressive interplay. During these proggy moments bass player Jereon Paul Thesseling displays his phenomenal talents, combining superbly with the subtle cymbal work and tricky handiwork of drummer Hannes Grossmann.

Speaking of drums, I would be hard pressed to name a better performance in recent years. This guy has all the moves. The double bass work is staggering in its complexity, intensity and groove. Moments of tight blasting are complimented by strong variation and complex rhythms and fills. With the constantly mutating swarm of technical riffage and intricate, melodic solos, it is easy to focus on the guitars, but the stellar rhythm section demands closer attention.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By J. Hill TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 29, 2011
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Omnivium opens with a beautiful, serene acoustic passage that still manages to sound immediately like Obscura, then blasts you with some thoroughly amazing riffs, bass-playing, and drums. As soon as Septuagint, the first track, kicks in, you can hear the similarity to Cosmogenesis; in fact, this album could almost be Cosmogenesis, Part Two. For some bands, that would be a bad thing, but not for Obscura.

Even though Obscura doesn't really offer anything new or different here, what it does offer is frequently mind-blowing. Hyper-speed technicality on every instrument (J.P. Thesseling, especially, does inhuman things with a bass); eerie, atmospheric slower sections; high and low death metal growls, plus a small amount of odd, ethereal clean vocals. Pretty much the same vibe as Cosmogenesis without sounding like the exact same songs. Every track reaches the same high level of expertise, with only Ocean Gateways sounding a little more like slower, standard death metal. It might not be quite as intense and frantic as the others, but it's still an awesome song. The opening two tracks are definite highlights, and Velocity has a crazy hyper-tech solo that stands out. Also, Transcendental Serenade is another entertaining, dynamic instrumental piece, with weird clean vocals at the very end.

Speaking of clean vocals, that might be the only slight difference on this album. They're still used sparingly, but sound less "robotic," or mechanical than before. I thought the robot-sounding voice on Cosmogenesis was too close to old Cynic, but now you can hear more actual voice. But don't get the idea that it sounds like conventional singing; it's still typical Obscura strangeness.

Even though this sounds similar to the last album in a lot of ways, I'm fine with that for now.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Spencer on April 18, 2011
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As a big fan of their previous work, especially Cosmogenesis, I was really looking forward to this disc. And it delivers as it's all Obscura only better. The drum work is flawless. Lots of rythym to go with lots of fast blasting which I'm totally into. The vocals are some of my favorites in this style. The bass is definitaly audible as it should be. And the guitar work is of course flawless. Technical yet simple and catchy. I enjoy playing the disc straight though as I love it's feel from start to finish. Fave track is probably Aevum. Maybe because it's 8 minutes long and I usually hate songs that long, yet it keeps my interest all the way through every time. Really good stuff.
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