Patrick : After the previous album ‘Akróasis' of the German Obscura, opinions were divided among the lovers of technical death. There was a large group that enjoyed the progressive slant that the album knew, but another part lacked the aggression in many tracks. Whatever your personal thoughts about it may be, it will undoubtedly have a big impact on your expectations regarding the new album 'Dilivium'.
On the new album, Obscura does not just follow the same path as on the predecessor. The usual direction of complexity, technical skill and brutality is still being followed, but in comparison with 'Akróasis', 'Dilivium' regains on aggression and darkness, the guitars sound slightly sharper and it hands in, without losing any of the complexity, something of the experimental. Not everyone will like this direction, but for me the balance between technology, progression and ferocity has been given form in an extremely beautiful way. The album sounds just a bit more fluent and that results in musical gems such as 'Emergent Evolution', 'Mortification of the Vulgar Sun', 'Ekpyrosis', 'The Conjuration' and ‘An Epilogue to Infinity’.
The album is the fourth, and last, in a series and at times the band, without falling back to a simple repetition exercise, hints back to previous albums. For example, 'Emergent Evolution' is linked to ‘Cosmogenesis’ and 'Ekpyrosis' and 'The Conjuration' to ‘Omnivium’. The band plays a lot with the dynamics on the album ('Clandestine Stars', 'Mortification of the Vulgar Sun', 'The Seventh Aeon', 'An Epilogue to Infinity') and thus provides a lot of variation. In addition to the beautiful, varied guitar work, the fretless bass by Linus Klausenitzer has also been given a prominent role in the mix ('The Seventh Aeon') and it comes through very clearly everywhere; it makes the full album come through even richer and more impressive.
Admittedly, after 'Akróasis' I also had my reservations about Obscura because I missed the impact that albums like 'Cosmogenesis' and 'Omnivium' had on me. This impact is fully back with 'Diluvium'. The fact that the band has succeeded in this by continuing to develop and not by dropping back to success from the past, speaks enormously to their advantage. I cannot conclude otherwise than that 'Dilivium' is obligatory to anyone who is interested in technical, progressive death metal.