Four years ago, I came across a Progressive Metal group whilst reviewing for another magazine. I remember their EP Debris being mesmerising and reminding me of those hazy summer days. Fast forward to today and I am reviewing their debut album for my own site. The band in question are OBSIDIAN TIDE and they have released their debut album Pillars Of Creation. It is truly stunning and to say this will open doors for the band is a huge understatement.
OBSIDIAN TIDE formed in Tel-Aviv, Israel in the year 2012. Pillars Of Creation features several guest musicians, one of them being Mike LePond (SYMPHONY X, MIKE LEPOND’S SILENT ASSASSINS) and was recorded in multiple locations. This album was written and produced by the band.
The album gets off to a hypnotic start. From the word go, I would say the title track is haunting. There is a great balance of atmospheric beauty and sheer brutality. It’s an achievement to get this balance spot on, it was accomplished with flying colours by the trio. It’s also one of those openings where once you press play, you don’t want to skip or stop the track. This applies heavily for the rest of the album as you are invited to experience this journey with the band.
This album is very different to what I have heard previously and in this case it’s a great thing. One minute you could be treated to guitar riffs that reminds you of a hazy summer, the next you could be treated to a jazz flute solo and then to some aggressiveness. This mix of elements in one album is a risk that can often backfire or pay off. In this case pays off handsomely and this genius invention is before us.
It’s hard to pinpoint highlights on the album as the tracks so cleverly merge together and have their own unique tale. They all have their own story to tell and contain their own special surprise to keep us on our toes.
The beginning of Seven is enticing. If you want to hear the perfect balance of sheer brutality and atmospheric beauty, then give this track a play. I really admire the solo voice with the calm beats before being treated to the growls and aggressive riffs.
Hireath lures you into a false sense of security with the soft introduction. Be careful though, this is a ruse before experiencing the chaos and mayhem that comes after it. In terms of the track, that is a compliment.
They keep up this mesmerising vibe right until the last track Magnamious. It’s the longest track on the album but it doesn’t mean you want to skip past it.
Pillars Of Creation contains an array of mesmerising guitar riffs, hypnotic vocals and some unexpected twists that would simply not expect. I won’t give away too much here, it’s recommended that you listen to the album to find out what those are. If this album doesn’t get OBSIDIAN TIDE swooped up by a big record label, I don’t know what will.
Words: Lotty Whittingham
Pillars Of Creation is out now.