Obscura ‎– Omnivium -CD


Obscura's 2011 release "Omnivium" is without a doubt one of the best releases from the band and truly showcases why this band, its members, and releases have become staples of the technical death metal world.

Obscura is no stranger to technicality as they've showed with their past releases (especially on their 2009 release Cosmogenesis) but they really went for more than sheer technicality with Omnivium. Omnivium contains just as many beautiful acoustic sections as well as clean vocal sections as it does sweeps and blast beats. The clean vocals done by Steffen ran through a vocoder on such tracks as Prismal Dawn and Celestial Spheres give the listener a sense of euphoria and beauty while tracks such as Ocean Gateways and Vortex Omnivium still broadcast that sheer death metal brutality that brings in many listeners in the first place.

Obscura's lineup for this album is beyond perfect and every single one of the members showcases their abilities perfectly and beautifully throughout the entirety of the album. Steffen's rythym guitar work is nothing less than staggering and with the accompaniment of his clean and harsh vocals he truly gives every track a vibrant and powerful feeling to them. Hannes's drum work adds an amazing base to the structure of the album and is just predominant enough for the audience to enjoy it without being pulled away from the rest of the song. Similar to Hannes, Jeroen's bass work is absolutely beautiful and truly adds something to the album that became a deciding factor in its greatness. With a immense amount of bass solos and predominant riffs Jeroen demonstartes how stunningly beautiful a six string frettless bass can sound. Last but certaintly not least Christian's lead guitar work is completley earth shattering and ming boggling. Throughout the whole album extremely complex and stunning guitar riffs and solos are displayed and are played perfectly without a single slip up.

All the members and their musical abilities truly come together in Omnivium and form an over all perfect tone and feeling with it. Omnivium is easily one of the best albums within the technical death metal genre and will live on as such for years to come.