Friday, July 8, 2011
Obsequiae - "Suspended in the Brume of Eos" (2011) [Bindrune Recordings]
Obsequiae's debut full-length, the incredibly impressive Suspended in the Brume of Eos explores an area of folk-tinged black metal that most people either a) try and fail miserably or b) are too afraid to even attempt for fear of being called cheesy. Yes, whenever black metallers miscegeneate with medieval-styled music, it normally spells for something that isn't terribly unlike a distorted Castlevania soundtrack, yet Obsequiae's spidery, complex guitar harmonies create something a bit more genuine. A music nerd myself, at times I recognize early organum (early polyphony) practices within the guitar interplay, creating interesting, ancient polyphonic textures. This reverence for pre-Renaissance music practices is definitely something into which more artists should look, rather than just sort of "throwing in some harpsichords" and calling it a day. There is more to writing periodic music than just mimicry; one needs to understand its practices, which Obsequiae performs flawlessly.
What really makes this album for me is the powerful, punchy bass.