Ovid's Withering
The Cloud Gatherer


3.5
great

Review

by Frederick Metzengerstein USER (202 Reviews)
March 26th, 2012 | 26 replies | 6,902 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Tampa Bay djentlemen bring Royal DeMaria and tuxedos to the party.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

I don't pay much attention to tech-metal but for some reason Tampa based outfit Ovid's Withering walked directly into my house without knocking on the door. That's pretty ***ing rude man. They have a three track E.P entitled "The Cloud Gatherer" which can be found on their bandcamp which incidentally is how I stumbled upon them. Musically, they play a modern take on Meshuggah's polyrhythmic sound. Djent I guess is what the kids are calling it. In addition, the band incorporates elements of tech-death, metalcore and symphonic black metal into their sound. Think Meshugga, The Breathing Process, Septicflesh and Vildhjarta having a Sunday morning gangbang and giving birth the next afternoon.

The most pronounced aspect of this band's sound is their liberal use of the keyboards. They sound like they are being used to make their music "more epic". Opinions will vary on the tastefulness of this addition but I personally feel that they enhance the songwriting ability of Ovid's Withering. The Septicflesh influenced orchestral bombast aligns itself with the guitars in perfect harmony. The breakdowns crush boulders, the riffs start and stop abruptly before erupting into off-kilter melodic sequences, the songwriting is engaging and the machine like drumming fluidly merges with the symphonic passages. The second track "Oedipus Complex starts to sound like a Mirrorthrone b-side at the 1.36 mark beginning with a brief neo-classical break and the vocals shifting into higher pitched territory.

The groovy, Meshuggah inspired rhythms and breakdowns make up the bulk of the EP's guitar orientation but at times the guitars experiment with cool melodic parts, a lone solo and harmonies to break up the monotony. The bass has been somewhat drowned out by the heavy synth and guitar work that dominates the recording but its presence can be felt occasionally. Drumming is performed in a precise, mechanical fashion thanks in part to sterile production and a workman like ethic. There are blasting parts, an ample supply doubebass bursts and other techniques that compliment the music's hostile nature. The vocals often alternate between lower pitched grunts and higher pitched growls, adding some diversity while maintaining an aggressive feel. The closing track "The Omen of Lycaon" features some guest vocals from The Absence front-man Jamie, adding a more traditional death metal feel to the vocals.

Is this the most original band in modern metal? No, not even close, but they are pretty good at what they do. I have a good time listening to these three tracks even if they are over-produced... Yeah...the production is really, really polished. It doesn't really alter the music's substance or the aggression too much but it does make the music sound like it was created by robots. I suppose with the emphasis on melodramatic keyboards and epic atmosphere the band decided to do it the Dimmu Borgir way. Either way, it's a small complaint. This isn't for the "Metal Elite"but everyone else that digs aggressive music should dig this.



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itchy
March 26th 2012



244 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thanks for bringing this to attention! They have an interesting blend of sounds that could work nicely if they focus on their songwriting. I actually welcome the keyboard-laiden symphonic black metal aspects since it scratches a particular itch left by the absence of good Dimmu Borgir releases.

ikarus
March 26th 2012



562 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Completely agree with the review, too bad the EP's only three tracks long, would want to hear more.

bloozclooz
March 26th 2012



1770 Comments


dats some cool album artwork. listening to a track via youtube right now

TheArkitecht
March 26th 2012



1672 Comments


Djent you say? I'm interested.

BallsToTheWall
March 26th 2012



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

It's good shit fellas.

BallsToTheWall
March 26th 2012



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

http://ovidswithering.bandcamp.com/album/the-cloud-gatherer-ep


shit forgot to link....here.

AfterTheBreakdown
March 26th 2012



7108 Comments


i might check this out.

BallsToTheWall
March 26th 2012



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Links right there if you catch a cold.

FuzzyWookie
March 26th 2012



143 Comments


God, that baby would be one hell of a demented preemie.

AdenZerda
March 26th 2012



118 Comments


Everything about this EP sounds great on paper. Complex rhythms, atmospheric keyboard, 'symphonic black metal'? Sign me up. But the real thing comes across a bit bland and insincere. Too much Born of Osiris, not enough of the bands the review dropped. Obsessive gating during production is a real turnoff.

I'd peg this at a 3, if only for the nice latter half and solo of Oedipus Complex. Don't know if I'd be able to sit through a full-length album.

BallsToTheWall
March 26th 2012



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

I can enjoy this because I have never listened to Born of Osiris or many of those other variety bands. Well I used to dig Textures and Viljiharta at one point.

The Mirrorthrone/Septicflesh points I made were solely based on the synth work.

CaptainDooRight
March 26th 2012



28835 Comments


listening to this now, sounds ok

CaptainDooRight
March 27th 2012



28835 Comments


pos btw


spotting belowI/ I/ I/

Ovidswithering
March 27th 2012



7 Comments


Thanks for all the feedback guys. :D

BallsToTheWall
March 27th 2012



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

You guys gonna put out an album? And/or tour the east coast of Florida?

Ovidswithering
March 27th 2012



7 Comments


O course! Working on it. 80 (or very close to) full minutes of music for the album. Gonna fill that CD UP! haha..and yes we'll be touring just as soon as possible. Our newest members are still being brought up to speed so..soon we'll be back on ze road.

BallsToTheWall
March 27th 2012



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Phenomenal. 80...minutes now i'm expecting full on choirs, symphonic clashes and enough violin shredding to tear my face off in one blow.

Looking forward to hearing it.

Ovidswithering
March 28th 2012



7 Comments


Thanks man! I appreciate it. Always nice to hear feedback. (good feedback is better of course ;P)

And definitely. I'll fit in just as much symphonic stuff (choirs,horns,gongs) as I can without overkilling it. hah I'll let you know when it gets released if you want.

poustia888
April 2nd 2012



14 Comments


drum machine is a bit annoying, overall nice work

deathofasalesman
April 16th 2012



5824 Comments


It's really cool when members of a band respond to reviews of their music. I'm gonna dig into this.



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