CD Review: Obsidian Mantra - Minds Led Astray
- Written by: Dennis Eikenkötter
Artist: Obsidian Mantra
Title: Minds Led Astray
Genre: Progressive Death Metal
Release Date: 27th November 2020
OBSIDIAN MANTRA from Poland is quite new in the scene, formed in 2014 consisting of musicians with no known background when it comes to experience with predating bands and projects. OBSIDIAN MANTRA is a three-piece but they cause quite the ruckus I can tell you! Sound-wise this is complex and progressive Death Metal that has moments that remind me of Death Doom when it comes to pacing and guitar sound. The vocals are one hundred percent Death Metal not a second of relief for vocalist Kacper Kajzderski or me, the listener. For hardcore fans of the genre this is surely a feast for the ears, for anyone else it can get a bit stressful after twenty minutes. I am one of the few that likes Extreme Metal releases to be shorter to better enjoy the approach to vocals (sure there are many headbangers that can listen to vocals like that for hours but I am not one of those).
Conclusion: All in all, this is well made, technically top notch but it still is a brick thrown in your face.
Rating: 7 / 10
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