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Obscura - Omnivium



8.6 | 620 votes |
Release date: 29 March 2011
Style: Progressive death metal, Technical death metal

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01. Septuagint
02. Vortex Omnivium
03. Ocean Gateways
04. Euclidean Elements [feat. Tommy Talamanca]
05. Prismal Dawn
06. Celestial Spheres
07. Velocity [feat. Morean]
08. A Transcendental Serenade
09. Aevum
10. Concerto [Cacophony cover] [deluxe edition bonus]

Top 20 albums of 2011: 15

Line-up
Steffen Kummerer - guitars, vocals
Christian Münzner - guitars
Jeroen Paul Thesseling - fretless bass
Hannes Grossmann - drums
Linus Klausenitzer - bass

Guest musicians
Morean - guitars
Tommy Talamanca - guitar

Additional info
This album is based on "On Nature's Connection to the Spirit World" by Friedrich Schelling.

Guest solo on "Euclidean Elements" by Tommy Talamanca (Sadist).
Guest solo on "Velocity" by Morean (Dark Fortress).

Recorded, mixed and mastered by V. Santura and Obscura between June and October 2010 at Woodshed Studios, Landshut, Germany.
Produced by Obscura and V. Santura.
Artwork and design by Orion Landau.
Band photography by Christian Weiss (www.weisschristian.com)

Guest review by
Mattybu
Rating:
9.0
Omnivium is the latest offering from technical death metal quartet Obscura, and while I admittedly am not extremely familiar with many bands in this genre, it's safe to say that this album is quite an impressive showcase of talent as well as a listenable and well put-together piece of music.

The album starts off with a very strong track, "Septuagint". The acoustic intro indicates that some attention is being paid to creating atmosphere, which is a good sign. It then seamlessly moves to an electric riff similar to the acoustic intro and then the technical insanity begins. The riffage has a good melody to it and a very fast speed, the drums are being pounded at lightning speed and the bass adds just another layer of depth to the music. Yet within the speed and intricacy of the music, it isn't too hard to follow and it all flows very nicely. The performances on the whole album are very impressive, and while there is often pure showcases of talent, the songs have coherent structure most of the time and it isn't just showing off. The guitar solos on songs like "Septuagint" and "Velocity" are simply amazing, and the technique being used is not easy or simple stuff. Jeroen Paul Thesseling's bass is great, and really adds depth and interest to almost every track. Hannes Grossman lays down super fast beats as the backdrop to the chaos at most times, although, there are slower parts in many of the songs. This was refreshing at times, and the album didn't just suffocate you from start to finish. The album found a good balance between showing off too much and a structured piece of music because there was a lot of pure talent in the spotlight but it didn't disrupt the progression of the songs.

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published 25.07.2011 | Comments (10)

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20.01.2011 - 23:19
Rating: 9
Deadmeat
Necrobutcher
I hope for a killer album! i've seen these guys live, they are awesome musicians and PERFECT guys! (i've met kummerer!)
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30.01.2011 - 23:54
João Pirucas
Mr. Piruson
Septuagint is AWESOME.
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04.02.2011 - 16:15
Rating: 9
arj

Preordered
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06.02.2011 - 17:00
Rating: 9
demonseed

Written by arj on 04.02.2011 at 16:15

Preordered

same here, it's going to be a long wait
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18.02.2011 - 04:04
Rating: 10
The Voyager
The Table
Every review I've seen thus far has given it a perfect score. Combine that with Septuagint's level of greatness, and we may be looking at the album of the year here.
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19.02.2011 - 02:13
Rating: 8
InnerSelf
proofread free
Written by The Voyager on 18.02.2011 at 04:04

Every review I've seen thus far has given it a perfect score. Combine that with Septuagint's level of greatness, and we may be looking at the album of the year here.


Thanks for raising the expectations up to the roof
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25.02.2011 - 06:55
Rating: 10
The Voyager
The Table
I really have not been this excited about an album for a LONG time.
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25.02.2011 - 21:29
Rating: 8
₣rost Giant

Cover art is amazing.
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28.02.2011 - 14:12
Rating: 9
Destructo

Written by The Voyager on 18.02.2011 at 04:04

Every review I've seen thus far has given it a perfect score. Combine that with Septuagint's level of greatness, and we may be looking at the album of the year here.

It just might be, my friend. You are absolutely right about the perfect scores. It's 5/5 on every damn site which has reviewed it already. I'm just getting stoked at the moment dreaming about what the band has in store for us. Can't wait.....
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02.03.2011 - 15:54
Rating: 8
Tatras

I think it will be weak, even weaker than "Cosmogenesis". First album was very good.
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04.03.2011 - 22:44
Rating: 10
The Voyager
The Table
It's........beautiful.
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05.03.2011 - 19:33
Rating: 7
BloodTears
ANA-thema
Anticipating this one. I'm very curious about. Trying not to have expectations, good or bad.
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29

Like you could kiss my ass.


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06.03.2011 - 00:25
Rating: 9
Deadmeat
Necrobutcher
Written by Tatras on 02.03.2011 at 15:54

I think it will be weak, even weaker than "Cosmogenesis". First album was very good.

the first one seemed to have many filler songs and didnt have the beauty of cosmogenesis or of those 2 new songs imo...
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09.03.2011 - 16:15
dioDEATH

Written by Deadmeat on 06.03.2011 at 00:25

Written by Tatras on 02.03.2011 at 15:54

I think it will be weak, even weaker than "Cosmogenesis". First album was very good.

the first one seemed to have many filler songs and didnt have the beauty of cosmogenesis or of those 2 new songs imo...


Retribution is more brutal (I think). In Cosmogenesis they put more progressive and jazz elements, especially on drums. I've listened to their 2 new songs from Omnivium, they're great. The use of clean vocals really reminds me of Opeth. Really can't wait to have this album.
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15.03.2011 - 23:23
Daydream Nation
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Supposedly it leaked. Let's check this baby out.
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16.03.2011 - 04:17
Evican
Ann O'War
I prefer Cosmogenesis, this release isn't as strong.
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16.03.2011 - 13:44
Horus

Got the leaked version,but will buy when it comes out. Really love it, 9.5/10
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16.03.2011 - 15:35
dioDEATH

I don't think Omnivium is weaker than Cosmogenesis. They sound darker, more mature, and of course, more progressive . Love how they add more clean vocals and acoustic part in this album, sounds beautiful !
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17.03.2011 - 22:51
Daydream Nation
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I'm impressed with Omnivium all around. The technical sections are superior to ones on Cosmogenesis and it's very very proggy....the clean vocals and the experimentation kind of makes it akin to Gorod's Process of a New Decline for me. However, I do believe it is far inferior to Cosmogenesis.
1. The vocals are just....derivative for me. A total reversal of the last album. The first four songs of Cosmogenesis had insane vocals and the ones on this record are....lacking.
2. Some duds, particularly Septuagint and Velocity. These songs are located at vital points of the record that need to be stunning, but fail to offer the same punch as...the whole Cosmogenesis did.

Repeated listens are needed to truly digest this beauty...might I say the best tech death of the year so far! Clearly the most technical ENTERTAINING band anyone could look for (note the word "entertaining," Necrophagist). A solid 8/10.
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23.03.2011 - 13:27
Rating: 8
Tatras

Very weak album as i thought it would be. 6/10 for skills.
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23.03.2011 - 23:57
Rating: 10
sasquatch

Everyone that wants to has already heard all the songs. This will probably be joining among the top of the death metal releases of all time whether it's you like it or not. They destroyed it on Cosmogenisis, it's the right timing to make us all bow to Obscura.
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24.03.2011 - 13:53
Rating: 9
Deadmeat
Necrobutcher
Written by Tatras on 23.03.2011 at 13:27

Very weak album as i thought it would be. 6/10 for skills.

is it really that awful? why? you think cosmogenesis was much better?
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24.03.2011 - 13:54
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by Deadmeat on 24.03.2011 at 13:53

Written by Tatras on 23.03.2011 at 13:27

Very weak album as i thought it would be. 6/10 for skills.

is it really that awful? why? you think cosmogenesis was much better?


I think he only likes the first, more brutal less refined, one
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24.03.2011 - 14:28
Rating: 9
Destructo

Listened to the leaked copy. It's a 9/10 from me.
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24.03.2011 - 15:01
Rating: 9
Deadmeat
Necrobutcher
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 24.03.2011 at 13:54

Written by Deadmeat on 24.03.2011 at 13:53

Written by Tatras on 23.03.2011 at 13:27

Very weak album as i thought it would be. 6/10 for skills.

is it really that awful? why? you think cosmogenesis was much better?


I think he only likes the first, more brutal less refined, one

i am sure about that. i am just curious of someone saying his opinion on the album based in facts. do you have an opinion???
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24.03.2011 - 16:18
Rating: 8
Tatras

Written by Deadmeat on 24.03.2011 at 13:53

Written by Tatras on 23.03.2011 at 13:27

Very weak album as i thought it would be. 6/10 for skills.

is it really that awful? why? you think cosmogenesis was much better?


I don't know if better... like someone said i like only their first, more brutal album. The new one and "Cosmogenesis" are both weak for me.
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25.03.2011 - 07:35
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by Deadmeat on 24.03.2011 at 15:01

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 24.03.2011 at 13:54

Written by Deadmeat on 24.03.2011 at 13:53

Written by Tatras on 23.03.2011 at 13:27

Very weak album as i thought it would be. 6/10 for skills.

is it really that awful? why? you think cosmogenesis was much better?


I think he only likes the first, more brutal less refined, one

i am sure about that. i am just curious of someone saying his opinion on the album based in facts. do you have an opinion???


If you like Cosmogenesis you will love the new one.
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Yesterday is dead and gone, tomorrow is out of sight
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25.03.2011 - 11:48
Rating: 9
Deadmeat
Necrobutcher
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 25.03.2011 at 07:35

Written by Deadmeat on 24.03.2011 at 15:01

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 24.03.2011 at 13:54

Written by Deadmeat on 24.03.2011 at 13:53

Written by Tatras on 23.03.2011 at 13:27

Very weak album as i thought it would be. 6/10 for skills.

is it really that awful? why? you think cosmogenesis was much better?


I think he only likes the first, more brutal less refined, one

i am sure about that. i am just curious of someone saying his opinion on the album based in facts. do you have an opinion???


If you like Cosmogenesis you will love the new one.

i like this comment so i am waiting for it to be done!
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27.03.2011 - 21:18
Rating: 10
Ander

Having listened to the full album, it's a firm 9/10 to me. On par with Cosmogenesis, it retains the Obscura sound with a distinct and more complex character. I'd say one of the best aspects of Omnivium is its identity and coherence as a whole, which is pretty rare in Technical Death. A solid contender for best album of the year.
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29.03.2011 - 00:40
Rating: 7
MIXHELL

Written by Ander on 27.03.2011 at 21:18

Having listened to the full album, it's a firm 9/10 to me. On par with Cosmogenesis, it retains the Obscura sound with a distinct and more complex character. I'd say one of the best aspects of Omnivium is its identity and coherence as a whole, which is pretty rare in Technical Death. A solid contender for best album of the year.


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