Label: 20 Buck Spin
Release date: 11.05.2015 (CD/Digital), 08.06.2015 (LP)
Minnesota' s Obsequiae have returned with their second full length "aria", "Aria of Vernal Tombs", four years after their high acclaimed debut "Suspended in the Brume of Eos".
"Aria of Vernal Tombs" is a hot album delivering us occult folk epic black metal at its best. I will call it like another Obsequiae dark magnificent artifact. Songs, arias, and operatic thrilling black metal are mixed together, and that works perfect too.
Markedly, music speaks louder than words. I felt totally ecstatic throughout this album's whole duration. I've been listening it straight for two days and I can't believe how sophisticated and yet distinctive it is.
The ecstasy begins from the opening instrumental song "Ay Que Por Muy Gran Fremosura". A three minutes accoustic soporific anthem reminding me of ancient greek music. An Orphic hymn! (the same goes for the second to the last track, "Des Oge Mais Quer eu Trobar").
Then comes the "Autumnal Pyre". A complete musical enticement into a medieval impulsive journey full of dark lyricism but still so epic and black!
Each song to follow is a fantasy beyond the borders of reality. Melodies marry with otherworldly fairy sounds, ruinously guitar riffs twist and bend their sound into strange and unnatural position. And what a perfect frowsty voice!!!I shuddered with horror by listening Tanner Anderson tearing to pieces like a dying dark elf!
Comprehensively all the instruments had been stacked up in neat piles.
Not exaggerating, the melodies that are included in each song will stick in my mind forever.
You find me quite consistent. This is an album that bears repeated listens and never seizes to reward its listener.
Medieval Black Metal classic!
Jim "Mutilator" Patsouris