Years ago I wrote a review on a demo by a then unknown band from Amsterdam, called Obsidian. They showed a lot of potential back then, but for some reason it all got lost in the fog of time. Fast forward to the present day because the guys have just released a new album, entitled Point Of Infinity. Let’s take a closer look.
I don’t know what it is, but there’s something about Point Of Infinity that makes me listen to the record over and over again. It’s not like they’re reinventing the progressive death metal wheel all over again. Obsidian isn’t about axe slinging either. The band consists of obviously capable musicians, but they’re not showing off like many of their American counterparts tend to do.
The charm of Point Of Infinity is the way the band members manage to put their technical skills in the context of the song. They know exactly what certain song parts need to spice things up, but without overdoing it. Tracks like Breach, Tidal Wave and Radiating Light are shining examples of that.
Obsidian are obviously inspired by Meshuggah, especially when it comes to polyrhythmic grooving guitar parts underpinned by melodic guitar lines. This technique is used in a very innovative way, thus giving an original twist to the familiar recipe. The band are at their progressive peak in The Upward Spiral and Spectral Pathways (hello Deftones!) which act as melodic counterbalances to more aggressive tracks like Illuminate, Desolate Rage and Incinerate.
Point Of Infinity by Obsidian is a very mature release. The song writing is top notch and their musical angle is fresh and innovative. These guys are in the same league as Textures, Hacride, Trepalium and In-Quest. Impressive!
written by Raymond Westland