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Best Tech-Death Album in Recent Memory,
This review is from: Obscura (Audio CD)
I knew this album would be something unusual just because of the stellar reviews it has accumulated, but I really didn't expect anything amazing. I expected another death metal band just barley emerging out of the general rehashed blandness of the genre. I couldn't have been more wrong.
'Obscura' is a completely original and demonic effort from the tech-death scene. You might think to yourself that even tech-death is getting maybe a little stale, lacking anything that Cryptopsy or Suffocation hasn't done already. This belief would be well warranted, but nonetheless, inaccurate thanks to 'Obscura'. This slab of demonic dissonace is even unique in the world of tech-death. I have yet to hear an death metal album as completely absorbing as this one is. Several times I have popped 'Obscura' into my player hoping to only listen to maybe a track or two, and realizing later that I had just listened to the whole album. Yes, it is THAT gripping.
All the usual stuff is here, the abrupt time changes, the staggering drum beats, and the relentless, dischordant madness, but what puts this album head and shoulders above the rest is the fact that it is actuall very well written. Everything contributes to the awesome atmosphere that 'Obscura' achieves, and everything is perfectly timed, avoiding repetiveness. Every riff from start to finish is just so down-right demented and ugly that I can not help listening to this constantly, even almost a month after I purchased it.
If you are looking for something wickedly original and entertaining, then click purchase immediately. A wonderful album even surpassing the greatness of Cryptopsy's 'None So Vile'. An absorbing and relentless masterpiece.