Obsidian Kingdom
Torn and Burnt


4.0
excellent

Review

by Dunpeal USER (10 Reviews)
November 17th, 2013 | 33 replies


Release Date: 11/15/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: It's cold, you're walking barefoot down the longest and darkest tunnel of your life, and you can hear the rhythm of your own heart growing louder as it yearns for more.

Personally, I'm not the type to get into genre labeling because I usually find that much like religion and politics, someone usually ends up getting offended along the way, and frankly it's just not worth it to me. I prefer to focus on the music itself. That is why I will take Obsidian Kingdom's word for it when they say that their latest remix album incorporates elements of "Abstract Hip-hop, Ambient, Breakcore, IDM and Dubstep." To be quite honest, I'm not even sure what "abstract Hip-hop" would even sound like or if that's just another blanket term being thrown about, but I digress. The truth is that it should come as no surprise to anyone who is familiar with Mantiis, Obsidian Kinddom's first LP, that they would use a remix album to explore another set of styles, since Mantiis was quite a mix of styles in its own right.

The album starts with a very simple drum track that quickly turns into a hypnotizing bass and string duet. At this point my interest was fully piqued and I was anxiously waiting for the vocals to kick in. Were they going to be a sample of the cleaner stuff or the harsher stuff that that was in the original song? I was definitely rooting for the latter to make an appearance, since that seemed like it would make for a more interesting juxtaposition. Before the vocals kick in the song winds down briefly as if it were going into a free fall. Like a skydiver's reserve parachute kicking in at just the right time, the track picks back up in a frenzy of drums and reverb, which are accented nicely by a small sample of those harsh vocals I was secretly hoping for.

The album is very atmospheric and I found myself getting lost in the trance-like rhythms spread about. After listening to this album numerous times, I found that I enjoyed the album as background noise and equally, if not more so, when it had my full attention. There is this really cool part towards the end of "Haunts of The Underworld" that incorporates dubstep into this funky middle-eastern sounding riff. It's definitely one of the standout tracks for me.

As you might suspect, the album as a whole leans more heavily on IDM, but it perfectly captures the essence of its post-metal and black metal origin. The album is very consistent and carries the same tone throughout. Every track has a very dark and ominous feel to it, and does a great job of derailing itself at the appropriate times, thus keeping the listener engaged. I actually wish they had been able to remix every track from the original album. I won't be presumptuous enough to claim that this is anything new, but it was very enjoyable to listen to.



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Dunpeal
November 17th 2013


3687 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

album stream here


http://obsidiankingdom.bandcamp.com/




Voivod
Staff Reviewer
November 17th 2013


6196 Comments


Well written, pos, although a bit more detail would be also appreciated.


one suggestion:

to anyone who is familiar Manits

to anyone who is familiar of Manits

Digging: Alkoholizer - Free Beer... Surf's Up!!!

Dunpeal
November 17th 2013


3687 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks man. will fix. and yea i suck at details while trying to avoid tbt


you think of sounds better than with?

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
November 17th 2013


6196 Comments


Both are equally good, make a random choice.

Also, review could use a bit more detail, just a bit though.

Dunpeal
November 17th 2013


3687 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

k I added a 3rd paragraph, just before the last one. appreciate the input

CaptainDooRight
November 17th 2013


29881 Comments


bookmarked hard

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CaptainDooRight
November 17th 2013


29881 Comments


Ev will be stoked.

Amebix
November 17th 2013


240 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

very different from their usual stuff, but still amazingly good

Calc
November 17th 2013


12249 Comments


"to anyone who is familiar Manits

to anyone who is familiar of Manits"

shouldn't it be mantiis?

Digging: Milo - A Toothpaste Suburb

Dunpeal
November 17th 2013


3687 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah, i'll fix thanks

conesmoke
November 18th 2013


5239 Comments


sounds weird. pos.

oltnabrick
November 18th 2013


31078 Comments


so good it needs two album pages

Digging: Pharmakon - Bestial Burden

conesmoke
November 18th 2013


5239 Comments


well let's make this shit happen then shall we?

Evreaia
November 21st 2013


4045 Comments


"Ev will be stoked"

You bet yo ass I am, gotta hear this shizz!

TheBarber
November 21st 2013


1972 Comments


Cool didn't know they had a new record out, Mantiis was an impressive album

Digging: Iceage - Plowing Into the Field of Love

SpiritCrusher2
November 21st 2013


3154 Comments


but these are just 'remixes' of the old songs : (

Digging: Mare Cognitum - Phobos Monolith

TheBarber
November 21st 2013


1972 Comments


Listened to the And Then It Was remix and damn does it rule

Dunpeal
November 21st 2013


3687 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0


"but these are just 'remixes' of the old songs : ("


yeah, but they're done so well that it's a welcome addition and a worthy stopgap until their next release, which hopefully isn't too far away

Calc
November 21st 2013


12249 Comments


why'd you put 'remixes' these are remixes...anyway that CD looks fuking amazing and the music here aint bad either.

Dunpeal
November 21st 2013


3687 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

and yeah idk why the album glitched. Voivod requested a merge so now it's up to the meds



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