Obsequiae - The Palms Of Sorrowed Kings LP (Clear/Gold/Mint Green Splatter vinyl)
Ultra Clear w/ Gold & Mint Green Splatter
Mild contradictions withstanding, the glorious lilt and dash of the album hits the mark admirably consistently for 50 minutes. Little can separate the styles of the 7 longer songs and 5 shorter interludes, although the choral vocals on the title track stand out boldly, while some of the glistening solos are simply phenomenal, in addition to most of the melodies being memorable, ‘Ceres in Emerald Streams’ harking back to early Amorphis through a similar tone to the Finns’ distinctive keyboards. What seems increasingly difficult to declare as Obsequiae take confident step after step is whether this compelling formula was perfectly realized at first, or has some way still to go.