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Obscurum - Lost (2014) - Review

Band: Obscurum
Album title: Lost
Release date: 13 April 2014
Label: Self-Released

01. Celebrate Death
02. One Direction To Hell
03. Spiritual Tower
04. Immortal Identity
05. She Came
06. Serenity
07. Isolated
08. Morbid Night

Slovenian underground extreme metal scene seems to be on the rise this days, at least in quantity of the bands if not in quality, and one of newcommers is one-man band Obscurum. What we have here is the debut album which passed by rather unnoticeably, not only by the foreign metal scene, but as well in the local one, even though it was released almost six months ago. So the name Lost suits quite fine to this release and maybe with some better promotion it could reach more fans of that primitive form of black/death metal and not end in the abyss of things forgotten by man.

With Obscurum's debut release you'll not discover anything new in the musical sense, everything in the sound of this act is loyal to that mystical Scandinavian second wave form of black and death metal which started evolving in late 80s and early 90s. Obscurum with these eight featured tracks serves with uncompromising extreme fast tempos sometimes crossed with mid paced ones like in "She Came" for example, then well played tremolo picks, with some melodic inlays, simple, yet precise and sometimes too linear drumming, but yet with structural emphasis on the atmosphere, that gets richer when here and there some strange psychedelic synth sounds come into the picture, just listen to those cosmic interferences in "Serenity". Well, if you can imagine a mix of the Darkthrone's debut album Soulside Journey, early era Mayhem, some Belphegor's rage and add a touch of that typical old schoolish Celtic Frost groove then you are near to Obscurum's Lost. And still there's more as I was pretty much surprised when guitars take that melodic blackened thrash approach as used before by Immortal, that's best heard in the rather outstanding "Morbid Night". Otherwise on the rest of the album could be used some more imagination and ideas that could enrich the final outcome. Vocal job by Mr. Obscurum is one of the brightest points in here, quite mesmerizing and powerful blend of black metal shrieks and death growls slowly paints the ambiance with rage and darkness. Too linear compositions still find kind of a flow, but even compulsory blast beats can't save the album from averageness and if you are not really a true fan of the genre I will understand that you'll skip this one. The thing could be saved and became more appealing with more depth, maybe texture in the production and with some more layers added in the final mix, but still, I believe that the point of satisfying that narrow circle of fans of underground black metal is reached, thus if you are one of them then don't dare to miss Lost.

Obscurum with his debut album adds another stone into the vast mosaic of black metal, even though not bringing anything new, but in a peculiar way it shows what was really black metal before its expansion. Lost certaily brought me back in the time when everything was still so innocent and truly devilish, but Obscurum is not the only one doing this, right? Btw... Obscurum is already working on his sophomore album and of course, I expect everything to be at least some steps more developed and arranged in the right way. For orders and more informations please feel free to write at this e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Review written by: T.V.
Rating: 6/10

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Band: Ugasanie
Album title: The Dark Side
Release date: 19 September 2015
Label: Black Mara Records

Ugasanie takes a vacation from his often polar dark ambient style, to give us a truly eerie album! White Silence's “To The Lord Of The Polar Desert With Seven Faces” and “Arctic Hysteria” on Call Of The North gave us a hint of some of the creepier territory that Ugasanie was comfortable in. However these tracks were part of greater polar-themed albums. The Dark Side takes us to a whole new place with Ugasanie, down the deep dark corridors of the underworld itself. The Dark Side is an ode to death and eternity, where you will hear field recordings captured in places such as morgues and cemeteries. It is a prayer to Mara, the Slavic goddess associated with seasonal rites based on the idea of death and rebirth of nature. She is associated with death, winter, and nightmares. A very fitting patroness for Ugasanie and a fitting name for the fledgling label Black Mara, which specializes in dark ambient. The darkness Ugasanie portrays here is as cinematic as it is unnerving, yet it is never too harsh or overwhelming for the listener. It holds us tightly in Mara’s embrace and keeps us there from beginning to end. Ugasanie has shown us the darkness of Mara, goddess of death, in a brilliant collection of tracks. This album is highly recommended for any fan of dark ambient with equal amounts of subtlety and aggression.

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