Obliteration
Black Death Horizon


4.8
classic

Review

by Kyle Ward STAFF
November 13th, 2013 | 1260 replies | 53,473 views


Release Date: 11/08/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The triumphant return of the black death

I have found it. Finally, after many ages of conjecture and search by scholarly and religious figures alike, it has come. The second coming is upon us, but not quite like it was envisioned. It was said to be instantaneous and worldwide; visible and audible, and indeed it is all that and more. The descent of the holy figure is as glorious as anyone could have dreamed, but for reasons not expected. The second coming is not of Christ, but of pure, filthy death metal riffage. Descending like meteors from the heavens above, Obliteration pummel us into submission with an onslaught of technical, putrid riffing, somehow coming together to create the monstrous Black Death Horizon. They have already showed us their almost otherworldly penchant for huge riffs and sickening vocals on their 2009 sophomore effort Nekropsalms, but this record prays at an entirely different church: one of masterful production, frantic pace, and truly brilliant death metal songwriting.

If anything, the kind of veiled technicality present on Black Death Horizon is its most potent attribute, because sometimes the riffing is so murky you can’t catch the hugely impressive guitar playing or the wicked plucking of the bass until things shift in a way that slaps them right at the forefront. Then, we are met with a truly monumental spectacle where the guitars become sentient, the drums unleash pure chaos, and the bass proves to be the music’s lifeblood rather than a cold, dead corpse lost somewhere back in the mix. It all invokes something so wholeheartedly real, making the album have an almost literary suspension of disbelief in that you really can’t believe that the record can maintain such a level of brilliance – but it does. The mounting dread of "Transient Passage" or “Ascendance” makes for a brilliant transition into the otherworldly melody or blistering solo that they eventually spill into, a motif that is used to great effect several times on the record. There are also more savage numbers like “Goat Skull Crown” or “Sepulchral Rites” that prove to be less about building atmosphere but rather about unleashing it in a hail of drumming, echoing vocals, and swirling riffs.

It all comes together to form a display of death metal mastery that is almost biblical in scope. Black Death Horizon is only seven tracks in length, but it is absolutely massive, thanks to songwriting that does not take a breath and production that slots it all together in a sound that is raw, murky and listenable all at the same time. Thanks to that short length, there is not even any time for filler, not that Obliteration would be capable of such a thing. It's nothing new in the genre, but it is all so refined and well-written that the lack of innovation barely even matters. There are times when the shrieking vocals are so desperate and frantic, the drumming so impossibly fast, and the riffing so maniacal that you think Obliteration simply cannot improve upon such brilliance, but then things fade away and a new track begins an even more savage beating than before. For those that think death metal died sometime in the early to mid-1990’s, I have great news. It may have went away to whatever unholy place it came from, but here in 2013 Black Death Horizon is the glorious second coming that is everything it could have been and more. Revel in its darkness.




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Crysis
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November 13th 2013



16005 Comments

Album Rating: 4.8

aoty

Stream it here:

http://blackdeathhorizon.bandcamp.com/releases

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Hyperion1001
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November 13th 2013



17343 Comments


crysis for ultramod 2013

yeah metal aoty

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oltnabrick
November 13th 2013



29282 Comments


Yeah

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ShadowRemains
November 13th 2013



19440 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

feature noooowwww

great review, album destroys/mutilates/disembowels/brutalizes/etc.

BigPleb
November 13th 2013



28547 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Awesome review as per usual and yeah album does indeed m/m/m/

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
November 13th 2013



11408 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Review reads like a hard 5, but oh well, album rules

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Crysis
Staff Reviewer
November 13th 2013



16005 Comments

Album Rating: 4.8

Yeah meant to bump the rating to 4.8. Minus 0.2 for lack of innovation over their previous record even though this is way better.

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
November 13th 2013



11408 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

fuck yeah

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
November 13th 2013



17343 Comments


he now lets not say things we cant take back

SnailTRAIL
November 13th 2013



886 Comments


can i buy this on itunes?

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
November 13th 2013



11408 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Why isn't my vinyl+shirt pre-order here yet I'm getting antsy.

TheSpirit
November 13th 2013



16662 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Bracing for the flood

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SpiritCrusher2
November 13th 2013



2631 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

album is awesome, might bump my rating after a few more listens

"Trending Metal albums: Volition, Augment, Hesitation Marks, Sunbather"

lol this is so sad

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
November 13th 2013



16005 Comments

Album Rating: 4.8

bring back the dm and bm

ReAnimator
November 13th 2013



240 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Review's got me excited. Will be checking this out later tonight

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Asmodeuss1990
November 13th 2013



119 Comments


Crysis #1

Asmodeuss1990
November 13th 2013



119 Comments


Giving the album a few more listens and then I'll rate it. Sounds freaking badass though man.

Relinquished
November 13th 2013



22378 Comments


guys

what if they top this for their next record

bloc
November 13th 2013



34499 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Definitely liking this more than Gorguts (only saying this because it's supposedly the dm album of the year). I'll up the rating soon.

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climactic
November 13th 2013



17261 Comments


cant find a link for this anywhere



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