OBSIDIAN TIDE - Pillars of Creation
Album: Pillars of Creation
Genre: Progressive Melodic Death Metal
Release Date: 29 August 2019
This review is dedicated to a band that caused the subtitle of my blog, because they gave me the amazing nickname “prog-princess” when noobheavy published my thoughts about “Pillars of Creation” a while ago. And, as their debut album is really impressive and returns to my player regularly, it’s my great pleasure to give OBSIDIAN TIDE another shout-out here for those who missed them so far. The trio's heading from Israel, their music is best described as progressive melodic death metal. Last year, I got caught by this beautiful cover artwork from Dixon Jong (Intuitive Designs). The music turned out to be great as well, so they didn't let me go anymore.
"Pillars of Creation" is a concept album and tells the story of a man searching for enlightenment. On his way, he witnesses riveting stories and learns of horrible truths. Finally, he makes the bold decision to follow his conscience, and his choice changes… everything.
Let’s talk about the music: The vocals are a mix of clean and harsh, which makes the songs very interesting. The instrumental line-up (guitar, drums and bass, all three musicians play on a high technical level) is completed by piano, violin, flute and saxophone, that will appear at some points, performed by several guest musicians.
The album opens with the title track, which is an awesome introduction to what this band has to offer: Beautiful melody lines alternate with a second singer, who delivers the rough parts. Powerful riffs, great solo parts, and some musical surprises invite you to dive deeper into their music. Over the next songs, OBSIDIAN TIDE develop the story with their varied song-writing. “Seven” comes up with a great rhythmic, which gives the song a huge dynamic. The following “King of the Realm” is a slower track, and has a lovely piano interlude in the middle. “Hireath” starts very peaceful, but changes mood and pace several times in a mesmerizing way. “The Harbinger and the Millenial Vengeance" might be my favorite here, as it brings all these elements to the top, closely followed by the epic finale: “Magnanimous”.
To sum it up: “Pillars of Creation” became an amazing musical journey, worth to let it grow over several spins. I like the mix of different vocals, powerful riffs and awesome guitar solos in combination with great rhythmic, the appearance of different instruments makes the album even more interesting. OBSIDIAN TIDE tell their first story in an impressive way, and I'm looking forward to hear more from them, hopefully in the near future. Give them a listen!
Oz Avneya - Guitars, Clean Vocals
Shachar Bieber - Bass, Harsh Vocals
Erez Nadler - Drums, Percussion, Programming
Mike LePond - Bass (track 6)
Omri Abramov - Saxophone (track 7)
Danielle Sassi - Flute (tracks 2, 5, 6, 7)
Yuval Gur - Violin (tracks 1, 3, 5)
Nitzan Habler - Upright piano (track 3)
1. Pillars of Creation
3. King of a New Realm
4. Portent of Betrayal
6. The Harbinger and the Millenial Vengeance
Pillars of Creation - 2019