In Trenches
Sol Obscura


4.0
excellent

Review

by Ryan Kroner USER (29 Reviews)
February 1st, 2013 | 9 replies | 1,240 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: One of the most viscerally ferocious and overlooked EPs of 2012, "Sol Obscura" is a sign of great things to come.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

This whole metalcore meets post-metal style, while a relatively novel idea in and of itself, is not something that hasn't been done before. With brilliant releases from bands like Trenches and Amia Venera Landscape having been dropped in the past few years, what this particular fusion lacks in pure volume of releases it more than makes up for with quality, and the latest from Melbourne-based conglomerate In Trenches is no exception. Imagine if the tearing-the-skies-asunder fury of Amia Venera Landscape were fused with the deliberation and precision of Trenches, and throw a dash of pissed-off crust punk into the mix: chances are the final product would sound like something along the lines of Sol Obscura. From the very start of opener 'Beneath', with its thundering bass, vaguely dissonant progressions, crushing atmosphere, and Neurosis-on-steroids riffs, you know that you're in for one hell of a ride. This formula changes little throughout Sol Obscura's five tracks, albeit for speeding up some on 'An Impending Collapse', thus providing for the EP's crustiest of songs, and slowing down slightly on the closer and highlight 'Silhouettes', but there is very little to complain about when the formula in question is this good. The aforementioned closer in particular is an absolute must-listen; an eight-minute, brilliantly progressive endurance test of furious metalcore and crushing sludge metal that houses some of Sol Obscura's best riffs and most memorable moments, especially during its immense, wall-of-sound finish. Also worthy of note is penultimate track 'Distant', with its glitchy drumming, unrelenting bass performance, and spectacularly bleak atmosphere. However, while these two tracks may be the best showcases of In Trenches' brilliance, their positive aspects permeate every one of Sol Obscura's numbers, making for one of 2012's most aggressive, bleak, and unique releases. If this EP's 27 minutes are any indication, big things are in store for In Trenches, so I implore you to keep an eye out for them in the coming year.



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Ignimbrite
February 1st 2013



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I haven't reviewed in a bit and I feel like I should be doing so far more often. This quick little writeup is PROOF of my ABSOLUTE COMMITMENT to WRITING EXCELLENT REVIEWS ON A FAR MORE REGULAR BASIS.

not like there was any reason for this, though

Calc
February 1st 2013



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nice auto pos you got there.

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Ignimbrite
February 1st 2013



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yes if there is no comment from another user I must have done it myself brilliant logic

Nikkolae
February 1st 2013



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well, this sounds pree interesting, gonna check it out.

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Ignimbrite
February 1st 2013



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Yeah, that summary was a placeholder until I could do d something better. I'll change it when I be back to my dorm.

Ignimbrite
February 1st 2013



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Whoops double post

Funeralopolis
February 1st 2013



11195 Comments


hurry your dorm needs you

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Ignimbrite
February 2nd 2013



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fixed hard

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
February 2nd 2013



19638 Comments


Great review it flows really well. Pos

@Calc, u can't be serious lol

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