Blatant Necrophagist and Cynic worship with a little added melody and a supposed level of progression leaves Cosmogenesis as not only a mess of an album, but puts Obscura in a very unstable position, one in which they try their very best to imitate all their influences and come off as nothing but a poor clone of numerous bands. The fact that they aren't anywhere near as technical as the bands they try to replicate throws them onto thin ice, and the thieving bastards shouldn't think that they can get away with stealing Cynic's robotic vocals without anybody noticing. On top of that, the gutturals are nothing short of irritating. Funnily enough, the single track worth listening to is the instrumental, Orbital Elements, if only for its sufficiency in imitation and its lack of vocals.
Obscura kicked it up a notch on this one, trading in their streamlined, melodic brand of death metal for ultra technicality and a jaw-dropping sense of grandeur. The solos are blistering, the drums are relentless and the action never stops.
This album is definatly a breath of fresh air. The guitars and drums are both fantastic, and the bass is very high up in the mix and full of diversity. The vocals are also pretty good, some parts almost remind me of Frieden (old), in a good way. Highly reccomended