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COSMOGENESIS

Obscura

 

Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

3.89 | 28 ratings

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b_olariu
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4 stars Obscura for sure is one of the most well known and loved progressive technical death metal bands in last years in the world.. I really like them, and special this second album named Cosmogenesis from 2009. My fav from them and probaly my fav prog technical death metal album after Individual thoughts patterns of Death. Now, from the beggining, some line up changes face previous work, their first opus, here apper ex Necrophagist drumer and guitar player, Christian Muenzner and excellent drumer Hannes Gossmann and aswell one of the most " dangerous" bass players from this field the former member of legendary Pestilence - Jeroen Paul Thesseling , with such line up is easy to come with an impressive work. Now, from the excellent cover art and booklet and all, to the lyrics and music this album really smokes, this is near masterpiece of the genre, at least I was knocked out of my socks when I've heread this album 2 years ago, and still impressed to the max. This kind of technical death metal with progressive elements added in the mix is right down on my alley kind of stuff, I love this album a lot, never get bored or tired. The musicianship is top notch, each member delivers some outstandinkg skills, special the bass player, the master of the masters. Cosmogenesis sounds to me if not overall, but in places with Death - Human or Individual thought patterns era, same attitude, even the voice seams like Chucks in some parts specially on Incarnated, what a killer piece. The drumer has some good chops here, energic and tight playing like only germans know, great twin guitars with some Cynic, Atheis, Death kind aproach with jazzy interplays in some parts, very solid solos and riffing, good intresting growls and now the bass player, man the bass lines are not on this earth, what Jeroen Paul Thesseling done here on Cosmogenesis is absolutly killer, just listen to opening track The Anticosmic Overload, Choir Of Spirits, Incarnated or on the instrumental track Orbital Elements, easely some of the best and most intresting and inventive bass chops I've heared since those of Steve DiGiorgio on Individual thoughts patterns, kinda same aproach, impressive playing. Very technical album with a lot to offer, some special guests, the legendary Ron Jarzombek from Watchtower and Blotted Sience appears on some pieces aswell a Cynic meber on one pieces. I love and have a soft spot for this album, to me the best from all 3 released so far by the band and an excellent example for other bands of how must sound and be played this kind of music. 4.5 stars and strongly recommended, high calibre album.

b_olariu | 4/5 |

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