Obsidian Kingdom
Mantiis


4.0
excellent

Review

by Simon B. AKA Sputs OFFICIAL Pooh Bear USER (16 Reviews)
December 30th, 2012 | 79 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Not a sound nor emotion is left untouched.

Of late, press releases and advertisements only seem to be used as coals for a hype train, the train that will delude inattentive listeners into buying just about anything despite the quality of the product. On the bandcamp page of a band named Obsidian Kingdom I found the following words;

“Mantiis” embarks the listener in an eerie musical trip, noted for the coherent exploration of a wide range of styles and emotions. The band spares no sound resources in order to portray the most varied scenes; from quiet despair to utter violence “

For those unfamiliar with the band, this might seem like “just another one” of those false advertisements, but those who heard this album are already grinning from cheek to cheek after reading this. Not because it’s a lie, but because this is a severe understatement. This band themselves says their influences vary from acts Sun O))) to Hans zimmer, from Porcupine Tree to Aphex Twin and even from Godspeed You! Black Emperor to Shining (NOR). And yes, a lot of influences this band names are true making it not that hard to imagine how “bizarre” this record might sound.

“then, what does it sound like?”

Their sound is build on a foundation of something located on the fine line between post-rock and post-metal. But glossed over, dressed up with the use of a lot of other genres and electronic effects. Everything from drone to progressive rock, from black metal to jazz and even post rock is present. Sometimes even in the same song, as demonstrated in the song “Last of the Light”.

While excessive genre-blending is nothing new -especially not in the rock/metal domain-, it does however do something else to separate itself from the pack. Where most bands that use a multitude of genres in their music forget to make sure it sounds and flows well (bands often lose themselves in their ambition and end up with a disjointed result), Obsidian Kingdom’s final result is cohesive, well-structured and flows perfectly. In short, it’s a prime example of genre-blending, it’s done well and it lacks those “out-of-place” moments most bands with the same ambitions often end up with. Everything feels like it belongs together, making it sound less bizarre than what it actually is.

Mantiis feels more like a single huge track consisting of multiple movements, all of which form a collection of 14 songs, which together span a total playtime of 47 minutes. Most songs are also in reach of the 3 minute mark, and while they’re short they never feel like they’re “just filler”. Some undeniably serve as interludes, but even those songs have their owns moments of originality and creativity.

These Spanish musicians must have obviously been brewing this record for quite some time because the genre blending is flawless, the song progression is imaginative, the diversity is immense and the final result is surprisingly captivating. The few less-than-stellar moments drag the score down with just a little, but it would be wrong to rate this anything less than the following score. 4,25/5

Recommended songs;
  • The Nurse
  • Last Of The Light
  • And then It Was




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Evreaia
December 30th 2012


4152 Comments


(Been 6 months since my last review so its about that time for a new one)


Awesome FREE album, get it here.

http://obsidiankingdom.bandcamp.com/

Thanks to Willie, if it wasn't for his top of 2012 I wouldn't have known about this.

Digging: Der Weg Einer Freiheit - Stellar

NocteDominum
December 30th 2012


7197 Comments


Interesting review format, i like it it - reads well have a pos.

Evreaia
December 30th 2012


4152 Comments


fixed the layout and track listing (whoever added that severely fucked up)

notify me of typos I missed please.

MrElmo
December 30th 2012


1955 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Free and cool with crabby cover art? must check

Evreaia
December 30th 2012


4152 Comments


Last of the light is a song that slays for days

foxblood
December 30th 2012


6797 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

one of the coolest things from this year

Calc
December 30th 2012


12572 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

im trusting you here....

Digging: Runaway Brother - Mother

Evreaia
December 30th 2012


4152 Comments


No fear my friend

foxblood
December 30th 2012


6797 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

aww why not?:[

Evreaia
December 31st 2012


4152 Comments


Thanks cap'n

First listen from this was kind of a mixed bag for me, wasn't until second spin i started loking this

FrozenVain
December 31st 2012


2568 Comments


Really good review. I will definitely check this out.
I also dig that album cover it's rad

Evreaia
December 31st 2012


4152 Comments


@FrozenVain

Thanks for the kind words bro, and yeah the cover is artsy as fuck.

Also band used part of my last paragraph on their website, I feel honored.
http://obsidiankingdom.com/2012/12/mantiis-2012-press-summary/

foxblood
December 31st 2012


6797 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

^congrats dude that's really cool

Evreaia
December 31st 2012


4152 Comments


wasn't expecting it, because my English isn't the best. And certainly not this quick, lol.

Nikkolae
December 31st 2012


4906 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thats amazing Ev, this album is fucking immense.

Digging: Taylor McFerrin - Early Riser

Evreaia
December 31st 2012


4152 Comments


More people need to hear this

Propose
December 31st 2012


821 Comments


gonna listen now

tragic.details
December 31st 2012


626 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice review, definitely checking this out

Evreaia
December 31st 2012


4152 Comments


Good, be sure to get those opinions back here afterwards!

mindleviticus
December 31st 2012


8404 Comments


This is a pretty short album. I thought it was going to be longer.

Digging: Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly



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