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Review: Obsequiae - Aria of Vernal Tombs
Aria of Vernal Tombs

Label: 20 Bucks Spin
Year released: 2015
Duration: 44:16
Tracks: 11
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4.75/5

Review online: August 12, 2015
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
Aria of Vernal Tombs

Rated 4.17/5 (83.33%) (18 Votes)

This band made a splash back in 2011 with their debut album Suspended in the Brume of Eos, when they proved that with some Medieval-styled riffs and a delay pedal it is possible to innovate a whole new kind of sound. When I saw they had a follow-up I was nervous, because the sound on their first album was kind of uneven, with about half of it being awesome and different, and the rest of it more standard melodic Black Metal. Fortunately this band has grasped exactly what made them unique and doubled down hard on it.

Obsequiae have such an individual sound that they don’t really recall anyone else. They play intensely melodic, middle-ages sounding riffs and they use them to craft these big, rolling epics of beautiful sound that heave like the waters of an ocean, carrying you along. There is hardly a moment of this that is not dense with startling, inventive guitar work. There is some genuine acoustic instrumentation here, but it’s not dominant. Despite their themes and feel, this band never forgets they are a metal band. The vocals are the one place this does not really shine, as they are a low-mixed rasp that doesn’t have a lot of character. It does not clash with the music, but it does not add to it at all, and I think this would have been much better if they just went fully instrumental. Overall, this is an excellent album by a band who seem to have grasped exactly what they are good at.

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