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Found in 2000 by Martin H. & Honza V. (two persistent members, the rest of lineup slowly changing), in following years, band did some gigs and were gaining confidence with some original material of theirs. It was 2003 when they released their first EP Wishing the Renaissance. However, there were also problems with drummers and so they sometimes used electronic drummer.

2004 was in sign of touring with other Metal outfits. In 2005, they made full length album Mighty Cosmic Dances and it meant some kind of breakthrought, because for releasing this album, they signed deal with American record company Deepsend Records with releasing all around the world. However, promising start of new line of albums was interrupted by personal problems (and other circumstances).

They started working on their new record in 2008, stepped out of their deal with record company and despite many problems, album Communitas (Deconstruction of Order) finally see the light of the world in 2009 under label Werewolf Production.

They currently acts like two man project with gigs done as full-member group (using help of their friends from related bands).

Thanks to Marty McFly for providing the biography.

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 Mighty Cosmic Dances by OBLOMOV album cover Studio Album, 2005
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Mighty Cosmic Dances
Oblomov Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

5 stars Bookended by spacy synthesiser instrumentals to establish the titular cosmic themes of the album, Mighty Cosmic Dances by Oblomov at first sounds like a comparatively standard melodic black metal album, if competently performed.

That said, it isn't too long before certain differences emerge. For one thing, Oblomov seem much happier to throw in honest-to-goodness solos than your standard black metal act, and apply a clean production style so as to tease out the best of those rather than burying them in wailing distortion; indeed, some instrumental sections, such as the opening couple of minutes of Redefinition of the Past, resemble prog metal more than black metal.

Between that, the offbeat choice of subject matter (there's a song inspired by Asimov's Foundation trilogy, for instance, which is hardly a very black metal topic), and the way they don't use pseudonyms and corpsepaint as a major component of their look, it's clear that Oblomov aren't too interested in being kvlt black metal purists, but as well as throwing in more accessible sections they're also willing to experiment a bit with the format, tossing in the occasional instrumental solo which defies expectations.

You get this towards the end of Mentality Failure, with some pretty synth twinkling which by itself would sound naive but at the end of that track carries a certain gravitas; they really go to town with it on Lost Between Emotions, which combines some of the most ferocious playing on the album with lovelorn lyrics and honest to goodness saxophone solo with synthesiser backing - and then, towards the end of the song, what sounds to me like an honest to goodness didgeridoo, though rather than making it sound like a cod-Australian novelty track it instead (with the aid of the synthesiers) gives it a quasi-medieval flavour, like the didgeridoo is being used to make a sound not dissimilar to a crumhorn.

The saxophone returns again towards the end of Starsend, lending the conclusion a sort of Van der Graaf Generator character - not in terms of musical similarity, but in terms of using the saxophone as an instrument to express tension and anxiety, as happens in the most nightmarish VdGG tracks. (It also heralds perhaps some of the best synthesiser playing on the album, including either an honest-to-goodness mellotron or a decent facsimile of one). The subsequent tracks are more standard melodic black metal fare, but strong examples of the form by and large - and just when you think things have become predictable again, Nostalgic Idealization fades out on a gentle unaccompanied organ solo to keep you guessing, whilst closing song Dreamworks represents the heaviest song on the album but also includes some strange processed vocals towards the end that really help keep up the otherworldly atmosphere.

From what I have heard, the followup album Communitas (Deconstructing the Order) takes their genre-blending and use of unexpected instrumental ingredients even further, and this debut album certainly makes me want to explore that, but it also reveals them as a very capable melodic black metal unit who are able to let their experimental instincts spice up their compositions without upstaging them.

 Communitas (Deconstructing the Order) by OBLOMOV album cover Studio Album, 2009
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Communitas (Deconstructing the Order)
Oblomov Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Marty McFly
Special Collaborator Errors and Omissions Team

4 stars Nice Death Metal miracle from Czech Republic. The main advantage of this album is its variability - Metal part is enhanced by many elements that accompanies it quite well. Quite fast paced heavier 'n' growling parts are more prominent than rather ambient, calm like passages, which serves as This would make this normal album, standard band of this category, but Oblomov has more to offer. "Funny" elements (like trumpets in Romans 1580 or funny didgeridoo sound in later stage of Jeke Mongol Ulus). Songs here are (except these additional elements & flavours) not so complex and this album won't surprise much.

4(-), even some parts are interesting (Silencio y Tranquilidad for example).

Thanks to Marty McFly for the artist addition.

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