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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
05. Prismal Dawn
06. Celestial Spheres
07. Velocity
08. A Transcendental Serenade
09. Aevum
10. Concerto [Cacophony cover] [deluxe edition bonus]

Top 20 albums of 2011: 14

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Lyrics (9)


Line-up
Steffen Kummerer - vocals, guitar
Christian Müenzner - guitar
Hannes Grossmann - drums
Jeroen Paul Thesseling - bass

Guest musicians
Morean - guitar
Tommy Talamanca - guitar


Additional info
March 29th: North America
April 1st: Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, Luxembourg
April 4th: Rest of the world

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

Line-up on the CD:
Steffen Kummerer - vocals, guitars
Christian Muenzner - guitars
Jeroen Paul Thesseling - bass
Hannes Grossman - drums

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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SymphonyImpaled - 10.06.2011 at 21:30  
Rating: 6
Written by Zaphod on 10.06.2011 at 21:04

Written by Gigantidild on 10.06.2011 at 02:44

LoL, Go to CoB shit and be the most mature person posting. Got to Obscura and everyone is politely sharing their thoughts on this album. xD
But I still love CoB even though their followers are extremely retarded.

SymphonyImpaled just rubbed me the worst way with that post. I can tell from his taste in music that he wouldn't really understand how amazing this album truly is so I cannot take his post seriously anymore. Just a really lame opinion on something never to be understood.

"Too many notes"
progressive death metal is the classical music of modern times.

"Too many notes" Haha I know what that's from...


Based on my music taste?
Hahaha. Goofy kid.
I've been listening to metal for over 10 years, i think i'd understand an album devoid of proper atmosphere when i hear it.
Zaphod - 11.06.2011 at 00:37  
 
Written by SymphonyImpaled on 10.06.2011 at 21:30

Written by Zaphod on 10.06.2011 at 21:04

Written by Gigantidild on 10.06.2011 at 02:44

LoL, Go to CoB shit and be the most mature person posting. Got to Obscura and everyone is politely sharing their thoughts on this album. xD
But I still love CoB even though their followers are extremely retarded.

SymphonyImpaled just rubbed me the worst way with that post. I can tell from his taste in music that he wouldn't really understand how amazing this album truly is so I cannot take his post seriously anymore. Just a really lame opinion on something never to be understood.

"Too many notes"
progressive death metal is the classical music of modern times.

"Too many notes" Haha I know what that's from...


Based on my music taste?
Hahaha. Goofy kid.
I've been listening to metal for over 10 years, i think i'd understand an album devoid of proper atmosphere when i hear it.

I just thought it was funny someone referred to Amadeus. I didn't say anything about you so please don't talk to me like I insulted you or your music taste. And 'Goofy kid'? Wow thanks.
SymphonyImpaled - 11.06.2011 at 03:07  
Rating: 6
Written by Zaphod on 11.06.2011 at 00:37

Written by SymphonyImpaled on 10.06.2011 at 21:30

Written by Zaphod on 10.06.2011 at 21:04

Written by Gigantidild on 10.06.2011 at 02:44

LoL, Go to CoB shit and be the most mature person posting. Got to Obscura and everyone is politely sharing their thoughts on this album. xD
But I still love CoB even though their followers are extremely retarded.

SymphonyImpaled just rubbed me the worst way with that post. I can tell from his taste in music that he wouldn't really understand how amazing this album truly is so I cannot take his post seriously anymore. Just a really lame opinion on something never to be understood.

"Too many notes"
progressive death metal is the classical music of modern times.

"Too many notes" Haha I know what that's from...


Based on my music taste?
Hahaha. Goofy kid.
I've been listening to metal for over 10 years, i think i'd understand an album devoid of proper atmosphere when i hear it.

I just thought it was funny someone referred to Amadeus. I didn't say anything about you so please don't talk to me like I insulted you or your music taste. And 'Goofy kid'? Wow thanks.


I wasn't actually referring to you, mechanix. Just being lazy.
Destructo - 16.06.2011 at 17:54  
Rating: 9 This is the Tech-Death album to beat this year. It's delicious !!!
Koen Smits - 16.06.2011 at 19:13  
 
Written by Destructo on 16.06.2011 at 17:54

This is the Tech-Death album to beat this year. It's delicious !!!


Yeah, but new Anata, Decapitated and Necrophagist are yet to come.
Deadmeat - 17.06.2011 at 23:11  
Rating: 9
Written by Koen Smits on 16.06.2011 at 19:13

Written by Destructo on 16.06.2011 at 17:54

This is the Tech-Death album to beat this year. It's delicious !!!


Yeah, but new Anata, Decapitated and Necrophagist are yet to come.

the decapitated probably will be bullshit though...
Destructo - 22.06.2011 at 20:05  
Rating: 9
Written by Koen Smits on 16.06.2011 at 19:13

Written by Destructo on 16.06.2011 at 17:54

This is the Tech-Death album to beat this year. It's delicious !!!


Yeah, but new Anata, Decapitated and Necrophagist are yet to come.

Not much of an Anata fan, but ya....I'm just stoked to hear what the other 2 bands have to offer us. It's gonna be fun !!!
Destructo - 22.06.2011 at 20:06  
Rating: 9
Written by Deadmeat on 17.06.2011 at 23:11

Written by Koen Smits on 16.06.2011 at 19:13

Written by Destructo on 16.06.2011 at 17:54

This is the Tech-Death album to beat this year. It's delicious !!!


Yeah, but new Anata, Decapitated and Necrophagist are yet to come.

the decapitated probably will be bullshit though...

I really hope not.....guess U must have the heard Album Sampler by now on YouTube.
Deadmeat - 22.06.2011 at 20:31  
Rating: 9
Written by Destructo on 22.06.2011 at 20:06

Written by Deadmeat on 17.06.2011 at 23:11

Written by Koen Smits on 16.06.2011 at 19:13

Written by Destructo on 16.06.2011 at 17:54

This is the Tech-Death album to beat this year. It's delicious !!!


Yeah, but new Anata, Decapitated and Necrophagist are yet to come.

the decapitated probably will be bullshit though...

I really hope not.....guess U must have the heard Album Sampler by now on YouTube.

well after listening to the samples i changed a bit my mind and this probably wont be bullshit but not good also (dont like the organic hallucinosis style)....
JÄY - 24.06.2011 at 15:16  
Rating: 9
Written by Koen Smits on 16.06.2011 at 19:13

Written by Destructo on 16.06.2011 at 17:54

This is the Tech-Death album to beat this year. It's delicious !!!


Yeah, but new Anata, Decapitated and Necrophagist are yet to come.


id have to agree....its just gotten better with time. and I sure hope anata actually does release this year
Marcel Hubregtse - 24.06.2011 at 16:21  
 
Written by Koen Smits on 16.06.2011 at 19:13

Written by Destructo on 16.06.2011 at 17:54

This is the Tech-Death album to beat this year. It's delicious !!!


Yeah, but new Anata, Decapitated and Necrophagist are yet to come.


I really don't think the new Necrophagist will be released this year.
Being and Time - 27.06.2011 at 16:45  
 
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 24.06.2011 at 16:21

Written by Koen Smits on 16.06.2011 at 19:13

Written by Destructo on 16.06.2011 at 17:54

This is the Tech-Death album to beat this year. It's delicious !!!


Yeah, but new Anata, Decapitated and Necrophagist are yet to come.


I really don't think the new Necrophagist will be released this year.

Agreed. New Anata should give Obscura a run for their money, though.
Apothecary - 01.07.2011 at 06:07  
Rating: 9 I'm really torn between this and Septic Flesh's The Great Mass for death metal album of 2011. But I'm a slut for tech death, so I'd probably have to go with Omnivium.
Mixhell - 09.08.2011 at 11:18  
Rating: 8 Omnivium <<< Cosmogenesis
InnerSelf - 07.09.2011 at 00:31  
Rating: 8 This is actually really different from Cosmogenesis , that's what I got after the first play and this is a good thing I guess
Doc Godin - 23.12.2011 at 08:49  
Rating: 10 Strange album for me. Usually not my type of music (tech-death) and aside from "Ocean Gateways" there really isn't any songs that really grab me. All that being said, there's something I can't quite put my finger on that keeps drawing me back to this album...
Night Sight - 25.12.2011 at 12:05  
  This is the fist time im listening to obscura
i think this is the kind of death metal stuffs i like
crucifiedjesus - 07.01.2012 at 21:08  
Rating: 10 Hate all u want this is the pinnacle
Troy Killjoy - 07.01.2012 at 23:21  
 
Written by crucifiedjesus on 07.01.2012 at 21:08
Hate all u want this is the pinnacle

I think its predecessor was better.
Alex Fenger - 03.02.2012 at 16:29  
Rating: 6 Previous album was better, but this one still kicks ass
Apothecary - 11.02.2012 at 18:10  
Rating: 9 That solo in Velocity... HOLY FUCK
Array - 16.08.2012 at 20:50  
Rating: 10 "A Transcendental Serenade" is another name for sustainable tension.
Illog1cal - 02.11.2012 at 00:55  
  I detect a very strong hint of Morbid Angel on Ocean Gateways.
Korah - 10.12.2012 at 19:15  
  Next album title from Obscura : Obscuragist! With Momo!?
infernaldeath87 - 21.01.2013 at 05:21  
Rating: 10 I love this album! Everything about it is just awesome!
Kuroboshi - 20.08.2013 at 14:40  
Rating: 6 It's nowhere near Cosmogenesis. I've tried getting into it several times over these last two years, but it's just fad.
Zaphod - 27.07.2014 at 17:16  
  This is probably my favorite "technical death metal" album of all time. Too bad the band split up, I feel like they could have taken this even further. Hopefully Grossman puts out some mind-blowing stuff, though his solo debut only had two songs that come close to Omnivium. As for Obscura, I'm pretty pessimistic now that Muenzner, Thesseling, and Grossman quit. I don't want another Retribution, that album wasn't even in the same league as the other two.
Mattybu - 27.07.2014 at 17:21  
 
Written by Zaphod on 27.07.2014 at 17:16

As for Obscura, I'm pretty pessimistic now that Muenzner, Thesseling, and Grossman quit.


Yeah, I don't know if it'll sound cynical saying this but with those 3 gone I'm going to consider Obscura pretty much dead (their next album will be their chance to prove me wrong and hopefully it does). But as long as those guys go on to do other things of similar quality level, then all is well.

And at least they released this jewel before disbanding
Zaphod - 27.07.2014 at 18:42  
 
Written by Mattybu on 27.07.2014 at 17:21

Yeah, I don't know if it'll sound cynical saying this but with those 3 gone I'm going to consider Obscura pretty much dead (their next album will be their chance to prove me wrong and hopefully it does). But as long as those guys go on to do other things of similar quality level, then all is well.

Yeah, although none of their solo stuff came close to this album for me. Time will tell if Obscura still has something to offer, but I too considered them dead the day I saw the news.
Written by Mattybu on 27.07.2014 at 17:21

And at least they released this jewel before disbanding

True, but ever since they released Omnivium I had been looking forward to what would have come next, since it could have been even better. That excitement has died for sure
Troy Killjoy - 27.07.2014 at 18:45  
  They haven't disbanded - the remaining members aren't about to stop writing under the Obscura name. It's become quite the popular brand within the tech-death scene and I think they'll try to capitalize on it while they're still relevant. If their next album is a flop then people will probably give up on them, but if it's anywhere near the same quality as their last two then everyone forgets about the whole Grossmann/Muenzner thing.
Mattybu - 27.07.2014 at 18:56  
  Even before the Grossmann/Muenzner thing, JPT man, JPT. His bass on this album is insanely good.

In this day and age I don't think it'll be that hard to find capable musicians who can churn out some tech death but based on Grossmann's solo project, he was a big part of the of Obscura sound cause it sounds really similar, and JPT's irreplaceable bass playing is also part of why this album is so good. And Muenzner is a beast in his own right. So the magic may be gone.

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