Obscure Sphinx - Void Mother



8.5 | 155 votes |
Release date: 15 November 2013
Style: Post-metal, Doom metal, Sludge metal

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01. Lunar Caustic
02. Velorio
03. Waiting For The Bodies Down The River Floating
04. Feverish
05. Nasciturus
06. Meredith
07. Decimation
08. Void
09. The Presence Of Goddess

Top 20 albums of 2013: 19

Line-up
Zofia "Wielebna" Fraś - vocals, samples
Tomasz "Yony" Jońca - guitars
Aleksander "Olo" Łukomski - guitars
Mateusz "Werbel" Badacz - drums
Michał "Blady" Rejman - bass

Additional info
Drums recorded at Radio Gdańsk Studio.
Other instruments and vocals recorded at Sounds Great Promotion Studio by Kuba Mańkowski and Jan Galbas.

Additional vocals and choir recorded at Progresja Studio by Paweł Grabowski.

Mixed and mastered at Sounds Great Promotion Studio by Kuba Mańkowski.

Choir in 'The Presence Of Goddess' by Voice and More.
Written, arranged and conducted by Bartek Caboń.

Audio sample in Nasciturus by DJ Chronos from freesound.org

Doll design and photography by Klaudia Gaugier.

Staff review by
R'Vannith
Rating:
8.5
Here's what you need to know: a rift in post-metal has formed.

Its location: Poland.

Its meaning: mental torment.

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published 31.12.2013 | Comments (12)

Guest review by
LascaillesShroud
Rating:
10
Metal Storm helped me discover this band, one that, as you will soon realize, I have been completely and utterly seduced by.

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published 12.02.2014 | Comments (4)

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16.01.2014 - 23:57
Rating: 8
Diverge
Written by Angel N. on 15.01.2014 at 22:53

I don't know really how to explain the vocals sound so impressive to me, I don't know if this would be a matter of taste or nope.

If it makes you feel any better, I'm equally bewildered by the response towards the vocals. I think it's unfair to characterize her singing as stereotypical "I'm a girl doing metal" kind of vocals, because there's so much more substance to what she's doing. Actually, that's a pretty loose critique anyway and not really in concrete terms that can contribute to any kind of useful discussion, so I can understand your dissatisfaction there and I understand why you would reply to that. As R'Vannith put it, the impressive nature of the vocals comes purely from the "mind rending vocal twists" that very few of her peers in the genre have come close to equalling; Lunar Caustic, for example, features a nice part in the middle in which her vocals get progressively more sickening, in a very fluid way that's not jarring or unnatural within the composition. I don't think there are many others in the genre that can really pull that kind of thing in such a satisfying way. She manages to combine elements from Subrosa and Tool extremely adequately, while adding personal identity to it. It all comes down to personal taste, of course, but I think Zofia is probably one of the best female vocalists I've ever heard. If any of you have heard better female vocals than these ones, please feel to pass them along to me.

I've already mentioned my problem with the last few tracks, but the first 3/5 of the record are great to me. I think it's easy to lose momentum towards the end of the album, and although I enjoyed the first 3/5 of the album, I think the slow openings can be tedious for a lot of listeners. But overall, it's undoubtedly a very good album at the very minimum. The current Metal Storm average is perfect, imo.
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17.01.2014 - 00:29
Rating: 10
Angel N.
Evil Butterfly
Written by Troy Killjoy on 16.01.2014 at 17:46

I think you need to relax a little. Not everyone who posts here is going to agree with you and we certainly aren't all going to rave about this the way you want. You've quoted literally every user who has posted a different opinion than you in this thread and you get yourself all worked up over a difference of personal taste.

but it's called stating my opinion over an album which I like, you implicitly are telling me to get silence.
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The Fangirl.
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17.01.2014 - 01:00
Evil Chip
I really don't see what's the problem with the vocals. I don't see any type of "vibe" in her voice. Haven't listened to the whole thing but so far is sounding great. Their style sounds pretty authentic to me, even though I wouldn't know how to explain why.
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17.01.2014 - 02:56
Rating: 9
Góral
Combo Breaker
Written by Boxcar Willy on 16.01.2014 at 02:40

They have the classic "hey look at me I'm a girl singing in a metal band! I'm one of the guys!" vibe.

I understand that you probably don't accept aggressive parts in Zofia's execution but there is no way to speak about "classic - I'm one of the guys!". Extremes wonderfully interwoven here with a feminine delicacy. Example: "Lunar Caustic", 4.30 - 5.45 - for me just the quintessence of femininity. I will not mention about such vocal-stunts like "Void", where we hear a beautiful Zofia's glossolalia (Lisa Gerrard should be impressed) - simply electrifying impression. I respect, though I don't understand your objection.
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17.01.2014 - 03:04
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist
Written by Angel N. on 17.01.2014 at 00:29
but it's called stating my opinion over an album which I like, you implicitly are telling me to get silence.

I'm not telling you to do anything - I'm suggesting maybe you ease up a little in terms of how you approach quoting others who state an opinion that differs from your own.
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Prettier than BloodTears.
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17.01.2014 - 04:20
Rating: 7
Boxcar Willy
yr a kook
Written by Góral on 17.01.2014 at 02:56

I understand that you probably don't accept aggressive parts in Zofia's execution...

The overly forced and "brutal" aspect of her vocals are what make the "classic" in my books. Most "aggressive" female vocals tend to overdue the delivery, and that's exactly what happens here.
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forever bummed out
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17.01.2014 - 04:37
Rating: 8
Diverge
Written by Boxcar Willy on 17.01.2014 at 04:20

Written by Góral on 17.01.2014 at 02:56

I understand that you probably don't accept aggressive parts in Zofia's execution...

The overly forced and "brutal" aspect of her vocals are what make the "classic" in my books. Most "aggressive" female vocals tend to overdue the delivery, and that's exactly what happens here.

This still doesn't make any sense as an objection. I don't see the correlation between "classic" and "brutal"...

Additionally, I don't get the sense that she has "over-delivered" the vocals at all, nor do I get the sense that she has forced the brutality upon the music itself.
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17.01.2014 - 14:47
Rating: 8
Paz
News Man
One likes gypsy songs while another, when his feet stink...
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17.01.2014 - 23:49
MechanisT
Account deleted
...yea.
Great album, maybe weaker than its predecessor, but hecka compact n' solid. No issues with the vocals either, good enough but I seriously don't see anything worth f(l)apping over.
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20.01.2014 - 22:41
Night Sight
I'm glad to hear a good metal album in 2013 after a long time!
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Alone in birth
Alone in the darkness
Alone in death
Alone in the daylight
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22.01.2014 - 14:59
Rating: 9
Unhealer
Eclecticist
Definitely worth a 9!
The Presence Of Goddess
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31.01.2014 - 05:11
Soulhole
The vocals here are a plus for me imo. Doesn't sound forced too me and I think her vox match the music very well.
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05.02.2014 - 08:55
Rating: 8
M C Vice
Ex-polydactyl
Great album closer.
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Mum - 21/10/1955 - 19/6/2015. R.I.P.

"I'll fight you on one condition. That you lower your nipples."
"Thinking quickly, Dave constructs a homemade megaphone using only some string, a squirrel and a megaphone."
Sharks 2016 Premier
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05.02.2014 - 15:27
Rating: 8
Paz
News Man
I'm really surprised how popular this shit became here, whereas their debut was virtually unnoticed.
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05.02.2014 - 20:08
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
Written by Paz on 05.02.2014 at 15:27

I'm really surprised how popular this shit became here, whereas their debut was virtually unnoticed.


And it's just as good imo.
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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02.04.2014 - 08:40
Oerath Windsoul
Alright, just had to pop on and say a few things about this particular album. It has had me in it's claws for quite a long while now. And like many people here, I think that overall, it's a damn brilliant album. A real gem, but what gets me everytime are the vocals. They're so tormenting and full of both agony and insanity. I just love 'em.

A real twisted kind of album with such hauntingly beautiful atmosphere that I've no choice, but to hopelessly surrender myself to the album's overwhelmingly dark embrace time after time. As for the rating, this album deserves nothing less than a 10 from me.

Cheers.
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22.05.2014 - 16:39
Rating: 10
Roxana.M
Such a supreme musicians! can't imagine something better than this mesmerizing masterpiece...everything is really perfect in this album and from now i can't give 10 to every album...it certainly deserves perfect rate!
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22.05.2014 - 16:41
Rating: 9
mz
Written by Roxana.M on 22.05.2014 at 16:39

Such a supreme musicians! can't imagine something better than this mesmerizing masterpiece...everything is really perfect in this album and from now i can't give 10 to every album...it certainly deserves perfect rate!

I can see Mary's influence on you
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Giving my ears a rest from music.
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22.05.2014 - 16:54
Rating: 10
Roxana.M
Written by mz on 22.05.2014 at 16:41

Written by Roxana.M on 22.05.2014 at 16:39

Such a supreme musicians! can't imagine something better than this mesmerizing masterpiece...everything is really perfect in this album and from now i can't give 10 to every album...it certainly deserves perfect rate!

I can see Mary's influence on you


it's not just mary's influence "Void Mother" is really special in its own style.
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22.05.2014 - 21:02
Rating: 8
Paz
News Man
It's always a pleasure to see two hot-Iranian-chicks fapping to some OS tunes
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29.04.2015 - 23:52
Rating: 9
Lethrokai
Coming back to this, it's still incredibly fresh.
I'd easily call it one of the best metal albums of this recent decade.
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Sometimes you just need to roll the dice and look away.
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18.02.2016 - 22:32
Rating: 9
tea[m]ster
Au Pays Natal
They are working on a new album! Check their Facebook page!
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18.02.2016 - 22:50
Rating: 8
Paz
News Man
Written by tea[m]ster on 18.02.2016 at 22:32

They are working on a new album! Check their Facebook page!

Yeah... I'm super excited.
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28.04.2016 - 09:30
Rating: 8
Paz
News Man
A neat tattoo design by Cezary Soszyński:

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07.01.2017 - 01:05
Rating: 8
musclassia
The new album inspired me to revisit this album - holy shit it's really good! The Presence Of Goddess is a fantastic song
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