Written by Katha
- Artist: OBSIDIAN TIDE
- Album: Pillars of Creation
- Genre: Progressive Melodic Death Metal
- Release Date: August 29, 2019
- Country: Israel
- Highlights: Pillars of Creation – The Harbinger and the Millenial Vengeance – Hireath
Today, I’d like to bring OBSIDIAN TIDE’s Pillars of Creation to your attention, even though it was released in August 2019. It’s a very impressive debut album and still returns to my player regularly.
The trio’s heading from Israel, their music is best described as progressive melodic death metal. Last year, I got caught by this amazing cover artwork from Dixon Jong (Intuitive Designs), and as the music turned out to be great as well, 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 clean and harsh, by two singers, the melody lines beautiful. The second singer delivers the rough parts, 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 at some points, performed by several guest musicians. And for “The Harbinger and the Millenial Vengeance”, Mike Lepond (Symphony X) layed down a great bass solo.
The mix of powerful riffs and mesmerizing guitar solos in combination with great rhythmic is building up a huge dynamic, so Pillars of Creation became an amazing musical journey, worth to let it grow over several spins in its entirety. Just in case you missed it so far, give it a listen.