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Monday, March 5, 2012

Obscura - Illegimitation review

Year : 2012
Genre : Cybernetic Black Metal, Technical Death Metal
Label : Relapse
Origin : Germany
Rating : 9.2 / 10

Relapse shoots an Obscura compilation towards your way through an illegal space-time rift, and this is not the worst thing that can happen to you. This German formation, while now it is one of the premiere technical death metal acts the source of all things cares to regard as its own, had its fair share of different musical directions cultivated in its past.

The Illegimination compilation spin-package is a tasteful choice to familiarize yourself with the anatomy of the music that was the source the current variant of the band's language been born amidst. This package gives you 48 minutes of fragmented Obscura activity, ranging from 2003 to 2011. Read on to find out more about this compilation.

The disc is divided into three parts, each dedicated to a certain period. (Of the band, you know?) The first four tracks belong to the Illegimitation demo, released in 2003. These declarations have a keen affection towards traditional black metal, yet the production values are more bombastic and punchy than the general shape of the subgenre cares to dictate, if, at all. Indeed, black metal is ready to work even with modest production values, once the notes are played with the "right" - ha. - mindset.

I tend to think that Obscura's early interest in black metal partly was fueled by the band's curiosity of how black metal would sound if being resonated through steroids, and the results are pretty convincing. Unmistakably the black kind of metal, with an occasional propensity to turn into a blackened kind of death metal during the latter section of the first segment of the record.

Throughout the second region of the disc, that which gives you three robust tracks to showcase fine entries from the preproduction era of Cosmogenesis, - we are in 2006 - the band's readiness to render complexity for the mere-, admirable sake of it, is more pronounced. The death metal tint is more infectious this time around, yet the flow of the music chooses to settle and keep one foot on the field of black. Initially, at least. A propensity to offer instrumental breaks bordering on dignified, epic power metal of cheese-free beauty is notable, while the black metal riffage is revealed with the attitude of the death subgenre. The consecutive and the third addition from this class are stone-orthodox death metal entries with pig squeals and whatnot. The music still kicks all kinds of monumental butts, oftentimes exhibiting a particularly rabid groove metal character. Philip Anselmo approves. The fractal complexity that Obscura gets famous of in a future that these songs keep in store for the band, are "but" promises for now.

The third-, and concluding session of this compilation LP gives you three covers of various - uhm - other bands. A Death, an Atheist, and a Cynic cover, all recorded in a session that took place in 2011. Highly legit deliveries that do not seek to blame the subject matter, they instead adore and praise them with true interest in their respective forms and anatomy. If you are not yet familiar with Obscura, then this compilation is a good starting point to remedy the situation, while obtaining Omnivium will give you an insight of the recent-, technical death metal attitude of this eminent German ensemble.

Rating : 9.2 / 10

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