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Obscure Infinity - Into the Vortex of Obscurity Award winner

Obscure Infinity
Into the Vortex of Obscurity
by Liam Easley at 02 April 2019, 9:32 AM

For a band named after a GRAVE song, I was expecting OBSCURE INFINITY to be another Swedish Death Metal snore-fest. But, like I say in every one of my other reviews, I was wrong! OBSCURE INFINITY’s new album is an old school revival with technical twists. It actually reminds me a lot of MONSTROSITY. If I were to put any label on this, it would be close to Melodic Death Metal. Each song has some level of melody, and it’s usually present throughout the entire song. There is also a good deal of technicality spread throughout the tracks. This is mainly expressed through the dual guitar attack that also serves as the mediator between melodic and boring.

That being said, this album covers aspects of Death Metal without completely adhering to them. This is why it reminds me of MONSTROSITY. I can hardly ever pin them on a specific genre because they’re either playing normal Death Metal or Technical Death Metal. Likewise, OBSCURE INFINITY is either playing Melodic Death Metal or just Death Metal and sometimes Technical Death Metal without being just one genre. They are usually two of these genres simultaneously. This is what I love about this album. The perfect example is “Grotesque Face”. It’s my personal favorite song from this album, incorporating melody, technicality, and damn good riff-age into a conglomeration of original Death Metal. This song shows melody that is for once unpredictable, and this is mostly because it’s so technically composed.

I mentioned the dual guitar approach to this album, and this comes up in almost every track. “Void of the Soul” and “Embrace Obscurity” are just two of the songs on here that make use of the two guitarists in this band. Each song has riffs that harmonize, just like MONSTROSITY did on “In Dark Purity” as well as their two newest efforts. The song structure is also notable. This album has two dauntingly long tracks, and they both keep good pace throughout the song. In fact, they both feature acoustic interludes with voiceovers. “Swallowed by Time and Darkness” is the better of the two, as the recovery from the interlude is flawless and is even able to quickly go into technical riff-age. The outro is full of guitar leads that evoke emotion and become more layered as they go on.

Not only are the songs structured well, but so is the album itself. While my favorite tracks are near the beginning of the album, it’s obvious that this is still well-balanced. We start with four normally long tracks and go into an eight-minute song, one normal track, an instrumental interlude and finally a nine-minute track. Although the longer songs are at the end, the placement of the interlude makes it flow much more smoothly. OBSCURE INFINITY has released a very solid Death Metal release. It’s melodic, technical and it packs a punch with every track. This has definitely been one of the better releases so far this year.

Songwriting: 9
Originality: 9
Memorability: 9
Production: 10



 

4 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. Embrace Obscurity
2. Cosmic Disgrace
3. Grotesque Face
4. Invoke Deliverance
5. Lightning Spear (A Forlorn Wanderer Part II)
6. Void of the Soul
7. Withering Starseed Under the Cosmic Vault
8. Swallowed by Time and Darkness
Lineup:
Kalle – Drums
Stefan – Guitars, Bass
Jules – Vocals
Sascha – Guitars, Vocals
Record Label: F.D.A. Records
     


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Edited 18 September 2019
 

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