OBSCURA – A Valediction

Perhaps one of Germany’s best bands in the technical death and progressive death metal scene, Obscura have laid the foundation in creating the most unrelenting, atmospheric, dynamic and diverse material in the genre in such a longtime. I first heard of Obscura since 2009’s Cosmogenesis and this very day, its my favorite album by the band. But overtime, Obscura have really made a huge name for themselves after releasing their last album in 2018 titled Diluvium which in my opinion was a return to form from the band and quickly became the most accessible and experimental albums the band has done to date. Now in 2021, we have the newest chapter in the long-running career of Obscura with the album A Valediction which is the sixth full-length album under their new label, Nuclear Blast Records.

Obscura has came a long way to create artistic and stylistic branches of technical and progressive death metal signatures since 2002 and with this album, they’ve emphasized rhythmic variety in guitar riffs, intelligent lyrics, simultaneous harmonies of bass and drums and doesn’t rehash older materialistic sound. Not only this is jam packed with outer space and philosophy lyricism, but the hint of heavy balances of instrumentals, progressive tones and innovative, crushing blast beat drums gives the album a much more perfection production of the mixing department and even contains dark passage ambiance starting ultra fast sonic speed of pure death metal oddities.

Steffen Kummerer and crew all are extremely skilled and well experienced musicians managed to play solidarity rich atmosphere of noticeable technical emphasized within their natural instinctive landmarks keeping the lyrical content alive and comprehensively speaking, these whirling powerful rhythms adds strength to reach out the definition of creativity, propelled instrumentation and the incredibly admiration of Obscura will seriously deliver unleashing sophistication. Just hearing the tracks such as Devoured Usurper, Heritage, The Neuromancer and When Stars Collide provides very well structured efficient tracks with impending constant and amplified slower sections of radiating goodness. A Valediction is not only one of the most engaging Obscura albums in recent memory, it is also the most compelling and intelligently written records they’ve released in the last decade.




Overall Score: 9.5/10
Review by Jake Butler


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