Obolus appeared suddenly at the end of last year, with a short 2 track demo released via Sunyata Recordings and Merz Tapes which very quickly spread and gained him recognition and now his second release, Lament released on vinyl through The Flenser.
The 6 track EP has taken the first steps the demo laid out; the depressive yet melodic leading lines, the fast thick guitar work and the overall brilliantly thought out and carefully honed sound that is Obolus to a new level.
The cemented Depressive Black Metal styling have been fleshed out subtly with influences; from the opening track Desolation with the ambient opening before building into the style and tone from his demo. However now the sound is more refined and builds intensely on the melancholic overtones to the melodic styles. The song defines the overall theme of Obolus, an incredibly bleak but intensely melodic and beautiful song to draw you into the despair woven by the tones and playing.
Reflections begins much of the same, with the sample of spattering rain, before breaking into some haunting clean guitar with just enough reverb to feel like it’s a bleak open unknown space before crashing into Hatred at full speed. Subtle overtones of a synthesizer harmonising with the guitar lines it reinforces the melody in the much heavy and aggressive parts of this track.
This tracks is the fastest and most aggressive track that Obolus has produced, being even more poignant amongst the more down trodden and melancholic songs of this EP.
Grievance starts slow and quiet, slowly building up more layers to the sound, and slowly increasing in volume over the incredibly slowly building intro before delving back into the same speed as the track previous. However this time the track has turned more melodic driven than any other track so far, building on the overarching journey of emotions trying to be conveyed through the tones lay down.
Acting as the end of anger but overwhelming sadness that hits and does not relent afterwards is conveyed through the guitar work, the tones and every part to this track. Ending on Lament, with the sparse melancholic guitar work slowly working over the sample of rain, creating a beautifully devoid of the dense sound encapsulating the rest of EP it feels truly lonely at the end of it all.
The work of Obolus is beautifully thought out, and even more promising, its feels as thoughtfully executed as you imagine the creation of the sound, the mood and the tone of the whole piece.
Even though only their second release the music is incredibly mature, but also shows that no matter how long this project will last, it will continue to grow and to become an even more spell binding piece of art than the previous release. Obolus’s music has that spark of genius that will continue to fuel an ever more creative output.
Buy the album from The Flenser here.
Stream/Download Lament from here.