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After a period of enthusiastic but questionable musicianship, OBSIDIAN started to play some serious metal in 2002 when drummer Melle Kramer joined Simon Lawford (Guitars), Glen Loupias (Bass), and Sjaak Kassies (Guitar).

The renewed line-up made it possible for the band to experiment and evolve, creating a unique style of music in the vein of bands like MESHUGGAH, SCARVE, CYNIC and OPETH.

OBSIDIAN played big Dutch venues like the Melkweg and Paradiso in Amsterdam, the Mezz in Breda and the P60 in Amstelveen, supporting bands like TEXTURES and GOREFEST. And after two demos and finals in the Amsterdam Popprijs and the renowned Metal Battle, OBSIDIAN had earned their share of respect.

But OBSIDIAN was not yet complete. Simon and Sjaak had to divide their attention between killing their guitars and screaming at the microphone. They felt it would be better to keep it at one task at the time and to leave other things to other people. So the search for a new frontman had begun.

A fitting vocalist was found in the person of Serge Regoor (ex-AMETHYST), who did the vocals on OBSIDIAN'S first full-length album 'Emerging' in 2006 - which was mixed and mastered by Jochem Jacobs (TEXTURES, SENGAIA). But shortly after releasing the record, Obsidian and Serge decided to part ways. A new vocalist - and true frontman! - was quickly found in the person of Robbe K (DISAVOWED, ARSEBREED).

'Emerging' was received with a lot of enthusiasm by the press , and it didn't take long for a label to take interest in OBSIDIAN. In March 2007 OBSIDIAN signed with Rusty Cage Records for an official international re-release of 'Emerging', fully remastered and fitted with new vocals by Robbe K.

Highly recommended for fans of brutal yet complex progressive death metal.

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Emerging, studio album (2007)
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3.38 | 4 ratings
Emerging
2007
3.05 | 5 ratings
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2010

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 Point of Infinity by OBSIDIAN album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.05 | 5 ratings

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Point of Infinity
Obsidian Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by UMUR
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars Point of Infinity is the 2nd full-length studio album by Dutch death metal act Obsidian. The album was released in October 2010 by Candlelight Records.

The music on the album is technically well played death metal with progressive leanings. The vocals vary between growls/ harsh vocals and clean type vocals. Acts like Meshuggah and especially Textures come to mind albeit with a death metal edge. The riffing is angular and at times odd-metered but generally simpler than the riffing by the above mentioned acts. The musicianship is on a very high level and the production is also of good quality and thatīs some of the greatest assets of the album.

While the description above sounds like this is the kind of album that I would really enjoy, there are a couple of issues, that prevents me from fully enjoying Point of Infinity. First of all Robbe Kok isnīt the most interesting singer and especially his clean vocals leave much to be desired, so thereīs an issue with the vocals ( and the vocal lines) if you ask me. The quality of songwriting isnīt really on par with the output of the best acts who play similar music either and overall the album unfortunately comes off a bit mediocre and maybe even worse lacking memorable moments. A 2.5 - 3 star rating is warranted.

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 Point of Infinity by OBSIDIAN album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.05 | 5 ratings

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Point of Infinity
Obsidian Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by J-Man
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3 stars Point of Infinity

There are a LOT of progressive death metal bands making albums each year. It's actually almost a headache-inducing number. No human being can possibly listen to every one of these such albums, so making a successful album in this crowded genre can be quite a challenge. Dutch prog death metal quintet Obsidian's newest release falls into the category of "worth hearing, but non-essential". Point of Infinity is a very competent album, but doesn't do much to stand out in the genre. This has most of the genre cliches and typical sound characteristics, but these guys still manage to make an album that's highly enjoyable. Though this is by no means essential, it comes recommended to fans of modern prog death metal.

The music played on Point of Infinity is progressive death metal, with more of an emphasis on technicality. The main influence I hear on the album is Meshuggah, although there are also distinct Opeth and Edge of Sanity influences in the more melodic sections. The music is generally strong, and I enjoy the entire the album during the entire 45 minute duration. The album rarely reaches the excellent mark, but the entire album is consistent and enjoyable. Songs like Tidal Waves, Point of Infinity, and the instrumental Spectral Pathways are especially noteworthy. One of the best things about Point of Infinity, however, is the very impressive musicianship. This is a highly proficient group who never sacrifices melody for technicality. Every musician in Obsidian is a joy to listen to.

The production is raw, but very fitting for the music. A little bit more polish may have been nice, but Point of Infinity still sounds great in its current state.

Conclusion:

If you like progressive death metal, and aren't looking for anything incredibly original, this is a solid album worth checking out. Since Point of Infinity isn't too far above average, I'm going to go with 3 stars on this album. If Obsidian can develop a more original sound in the future, I could see them becoming a leading modern progressive death metal act. They definitely have the chops to be with the best of the best.

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 Emerging by OBSIDIAN album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.38 | 4 ratings

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Emerging
Obsidian Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by UMUR
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3 stars Emerging is the debut album from the dutch band Obsidian. Itīs a very promising debut even though Obsidian clearly needs to work on a more original style. I think they wear their influences too much on their sleeves.

The music is tech metal with a deep growling vocal. The vocals and the slow parts sound like Opeth, the midpaced riffs sound like Meshuggah and the faster parts sound like Soilwork or one of their many clones. Obsidianīs music might not be the most original mix but their playing abilities are way above average and their music is pretty good despite the obvious influences. Towards the end of the album the music becomes a bit too trivial though.

As mentioned one of the real assets on Emerging is the musicianship which is outstanding. Time signature changes, Tempo changes and high class instrumental performances are what we are treated with in every song on Emerging.

The production is good and helps the music to unfold. If there is one regret itīs that the acoustic parts donīt sound too good. They are a bit underproduced.

Obsidian is certainly an up and coming band in the tech metal genre and you should pay attention the next time these guys release an album because it might well be something very special. Untill then this is a good teaser and deserves 3 stars. Itīs not excellent by any means but there are signs of better things to come. Obsidian are certainly better than many other bands in this style ( Read: Textures).

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 Emerging by OBSIDIAN album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.38 | 4 ratings

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Emerging
Obsidian Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by avalanchemaster

4 stars like many bands, this one has borrowed liberally from Meshuggah, whether that puts you off or turns you on remains to be heard, yet in my opinion this is one of the most original "clones" without being utter rip-offs. The influence is obvious, but Obsidian does an excellent job of injecting ambience and feel into the music, which is a gripe many people have with Meshuggah (the fact they seem to lack feeling to some)....

either way, this is a great disc for that polyrhythmic tech death metal scene......

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