Release DetailsLABEL N/A
RELEASED ON 8/19/2006
posted on 10/2006 By:
An unsigned gem that crosses Meshuggah angularity, Dutch chunk with melodic death metal/thrash precision and polish.
Wrapped up in a professional full length offering that matches most label released efforts, Obsidian are not too far removed from country mates Textures as far as their choppy, robotic approach to modern death tinged progressive metal is concerned. And with a slightly fuller production and more gruff vocals, but not quite as experimental as Textures, Obsidian’s full length debut is easily on par with the rather underwhelming Drawing Circles.
With a high level of well produced musicianship and solid song writing that manages to balance chunky, mechanical riffage ( “Footprints”, “Vapours”, “Time”) and a more fluid but still complex sense of melodic death metal/thrash vigor that reminded me a little of Hatesphere (“Kobalt”, “Dogmatic”, “Mirrored”), Emerging has all sort of appeal to a wide range of extreme metal fans, and is well deserving of a label deal. Though not as commercial as say Mnemic, there are some clean vocal segues (“Kobalt”) or more relaxed moments (the instrumental “Emerging”), that are passable and give the album a few moments of respite. The immense “Tsujigiri” closes the album out with a controlled, mid pace stagger, showing that Obsidian are a more than capable metal band just crying for a record deal.
While every deathcore, hardcore or metalcore act is getting a record deal and subsequently breaking up after one promising EP, hard working, consistent, quality metal bands like Obsidian, Reality Grey, The Fifth Sun and The Living Fields are relegated to scratching out an existence on myspace and hoping (as am I) the musical pendulum swings away from cookie cutter ‘core’ bands and back to real music sometime soon.
Register to post comments.