Obliteration
Black Death Horizon


4.0
excellent

Review

by BlissfulIrony USER (5 Reviews)
November 11th, 2013 | 33 replies


Release Date: 11/08/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Nostalgic yet slightly progressive, ‘Black Death Horizon’ has carved its own niche on the modern definition of the death metal genre.

There is a palpable sense of intensity surrounding the music of the death metal outfit Obliteration. Originating in the Norwegian town of Kolbotn, the birthplace of Darkthrone, the band’s sophomore effort- 2009’s ‘Nekropsalms’- marked a dynamic progression in their sound, hallmarked with creativity over extended song structures and well-implemented doom influences. Arguably the album constituted one of the strongest releases of the year, surpassing its competitors with a plethora of engaging takes on a fundamentally traditional approach. As such, its successor, the titular ‘Black Death Horizon’, was awaited with no shortfall of expectation. Fortunately, whilst not reinventing or wildly innovating on its antecedent, it has most certainly delivered.

A pleasant weighty crunch, incidentally exacerbated by the album’s occasionally muddy production, meets the listener from the first impression. Riffs vary from stately doom progressions to faster, more chaotic affairs reminiscent of the earlier works of Death- the dilation in song length allows for each of these elements to be aptly interwoven. Despite sporadic disparities these shifts in tempo are taut and engaging. Their bass accompaniment is impressive throughout, creative lines allowing for a rich and textured sound. The drumming is also sharp, although it fails to vary sufficiently from slow, methodical patterns and the converse crashing blastbeats. The feel is one of a traditional death metal sound, drawing on the tropes of the 1980s, but one with more alternation without losing the definitive clout.

Continuing in the traditional vein are the vocals, which take the form of the quasi-black metal shriek rather than the more guttural alternative. Whilst respectable, it should be stressed that ‘Black Death Horizon’ is more instrumentally adept. Lyrics adopt a backseat role as accompaniment, and, whilst of a nostalgic twinge, do not add anything new or innovative to the mixture. However, this does not detract from the album’s overall cohesion. Standing upon the solid basis of death metal’s origins, ‘Black Death Horizon’ is sufficiently distinct from both modern and past stylisations so as to compete as, although unsurprising, an enticingly raw listen.

Whilst ‘Black Death Horizon’ is not the forward-thinking reinvention that ‘Nekropsalms’ made over Obliteration’s debut, that is not to discredit its merit as one of the more impressive death metal albums of 2013. Although riffing on the styling of the 1980s, its drawing on a hotchpotch of doom and more modern influences affords it a signature sound that offers more musicianship and capability than the majority of its contemporaries. Nostalgic yet slightly progressive, ‘Black Death Horizon’ has carved its own niche on the modern definition of the death metal genre.


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Kyle Ward STAFF (4.8)
The triumphant return of the black death...

James Lentil (4.5)
A hard slab of exquisite modern-old school death metal....


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Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
November 11th 2013


18514 Comments


better than the other review, everything is mostly covered except you downplayed a little bit how good the vox are on this (they rival drunen, which is impossible)

but yeah metal aoty by a huge gigantic untraversable margin

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KILL
November 11th 2013


71839 Comments


colrurd snadz

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JamesLentil
November 11th 2013


59 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Nice review. I wouldn't have written mine if I knew you were going to post this right after me. This is definitely written better than mine.

Grimlin
November 11th 2013


845 Comments


killer album

SeaAnemone
November 11th 2013


20370 Comments


so fucking good

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bowlofsoup
November 11th 2013


1073 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is so good.

ExothermicTitan
November 11th 2013


27 Comments


Good review.

ffs
November 11th 2013


4878 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

only just got around to hearing nekropsalms dang it

ShadowRemains
November 11th 2013


20842 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this album fucking destroys me

trainofconsequence
November 11th 2013


1441 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Fucking incredible album

evilford
November 11th 2013


22641 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

colrurd snadz [2]

but yeah album's awesome


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Anthracks
November 11th 2013


3744 Comments


god this brand of dm has been done to death

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demigod!
November 11th 2013


44539 Comments


says the slam fan

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JamesLentil
November 11th 2013


59 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It has. But that doesn't mean this album isn't well written.

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
November 11th 2013


18514 Comments


all metal has been done to death, youre never going to hear metal that doesnt sound like every other metal band you've ever heard

but this is better at doing the same things as everyone else so its good

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
November 12th 2013


16410 Comments

Album Rating: 4.8

aoty for sure

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demigod!
November 12th 2013


44539 Comments


you guys sure you aren't hypeing this up at all?

evilford
November 12th 2013


22641 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

colrurd snadz [3]

LifeAsAChipmunk
November 12th 2013


4854 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

album rules

Keyblade
November 12th 2013


14886 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I can see this being better given time



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