Obscura
Omnivium


3.5
great

Review

by Andrew K. USER (12 Reviews)
April 4th, 2011 | 57 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Obscura isn’t as obscure as they once were, but that doesn't stop them from releasing another quality technical death metal album.

Back during Retribution and even on Cosmogenesis, Obscura’s bass heavy sound and progressive songwriting had a very unique feeling to them, and in a sense still do. However, today we have Omnivium and Obscura seems to have done little more than slowly refine their songwriting into a more and more proficient level of odd but well-sculpted technical death metal. In the scope of the entire technical death metal genre, Obscura has a sound to them very much its own, but within their discography change seems to be far from a priority.

Now lack of change does not equate to low quality, and I’m well aware of that. However it’s difficult to justify rating this any higher than one would rate Cosmogenesis which essentially is superior to this album in almost every field. Omnivium is not without its own merits though, with plenty of what Obscura does best such as overamplified bass and groundshaking technicality. Unfortunately, they do not venture too much further past this. Vocals, riffs and beats remain largely the same albeit with some softer sounding passages (one of which opens the album). The vocal explosions backed by furious bass riffs played along a blast beat is getting a little old, especially considering that none of them have really changed all that much, and if at all have been dumbed down a tad. Everything works, but that’s about all there is to say.

Comparisons aside, Omnivium in itself is a great album. The technicality and songwriting skill has most definitely carried over from their other two albums and shows a level of improvement in some cases. Guitar riffs are still off-the-wall insane and bass riffs are jacked up so you’d have to be hard of hearing not to identify them. What the album does best is refine a sound that is already well crafted and original and turn it even more into a unique and polished version of itself. On one hand, the production feels much more organic than the previous two, which can go both ways for listeners. These fellows still love their astronomy but have thrown in an equally prominent theme of spirit and transcendence perhaps displayed best on “Velocity” or “Aevum” on Omnivium. Solos still showcase the immense playing ability of each individual member and the songs in themselves are a feat in their own right and are up to snuff with past releases and may be the one area Obscura has truly polished itself undoubtedly on Omnivium. Steffen Kummerer is still head of the vocal department and decided to throw some spacey cleans onto the album and are a nice little addition but overall his vocals are the same deep lows as they were on Cosmogenesis. Omnivium offers plenty more Obscura, but if they want to stay in the game, they’re going to have to shake it up at some point.

For many, Omnivium will be in their contender spot for album of the year already. Others already have it checked off for disappointments of the year. In itself, Obscura’s latest outing cannot be called bad or lackluster, but can certainly be called a step down from their last album. Obscura still has yet to disappoint, perhaps because they’re not willing to take that chance and stray from their comfort zone in technical death metal songwriting. Omnivium is a must-buy for Obscura fans and is as good an entry point as any for those not familiar with their work, but owners of Cosmogenesis may want to think twice before purchasing.



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Ending
April 4th 2011


1919 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Haven't reviewed in ages, checked out the review to this album only to find there was none. Great album, but really doesn't offer enough new material to really rise above being anything more in my opinion. Velocity might be my favorite track off here.

Feedback, as always, is appreciated.

ShadowRemains
April 4th 2011


21641 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

ugh this band

jayfatha
April 4th 2011


2882 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Album was meh. Had some pretty kickass solos but nothing that really jumped out at me.
I liked the review, though

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
April 4th 2011


19067 Comments


Not even gonna listen to this, but good review anyways.

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Ending
April 4th 2011


1919 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Album was meh. Had some pretty kickass solos but nothing that really jumped out at me.
I liked the review, though


Yeah the solos were somethin' else.

srm90
April 4th 2011


104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm listening to it for the first time and so far it sounds better then Cosmogenesis, which I thought was decent.

Scrambled
April 4th 2011


392 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

After 3 full listens I like this album more than cosmo, but we'll see. pretty good review

album has so much damn bass noodling

Ending
April 4th 2011


1919 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

album has so much damn bass noodling


Welcome to Obscura. : P

bloc
April 4th 2011


35024 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Cosmogenesis was quite enjoyable but for some reason this was really stale even though it was pretty much the same thing.

MO
April 4th 2011


19078 Comments


nothing new here

Sound
April 5th 2011


3904 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

First and second last song are as good or better than most of their previous album. Overall though Cosmogenesis is a little more solid.




TheSpirit
April 5th 2011


18001 Comments


How can this band have members of Pestilence and Defeated Sanity and not fucking rule

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Wizard
April 5th 2011


19644 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

How can this band have members of Pestilence and Defeated Sanity and not fucking rule

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Wizard
April 5th 2011


19644 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

This sucks hard btw. Gonna start up my hate train on this album.

Scrambled
April 5th 2011


392 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

This sucks hard btw. Gonna start up my hate train on this album


haha do the instrumental songs redeem it at all for you?

MisterSteel
April 5th 2011


453 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I tried a few times, and this just doesn't do anything for me.

toolguitarkid
April 5th 2011


265 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

dont really know how i feel about this now. was pretty good the first few listens, now its kinda disappointing/boring, where as Cosmogenesis kinda had some replayability to it. also the tapping part in the Velocity solo is horrible, they should have tried a couple more times to get it clean.

TheSpirit
April 5th 2011


18001 Comments


disappointing effort by far considering some of the members of this band

Ending
April 5th 2011


1919 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I'm kind of curious now as to why some of you guys dislike it so much. Like, what just doesn't click with you guys? Just wondering.

srm90
April 5th 2011


104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is too inconsistent for me to be considered great.



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