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8/10 Avi
 

OBAKE - Mutations - CD - RareNoise Records - 2014

"Seth Light" is arguably the most memorable track on this second release by Obake (which apparently stands for some kind of ghost in Japanese culture). But you should not take "memorable" the wrong way as it is not a reference to its almost nonexistent melody, but rather to the striking impression of its sonic inferno.

Vocalist Lorenzo Esposito Fornasari shows no trace of his Opera education but does exhibit his qualities as an experimental performer, not unlike Mike Patton. He yells the lyrics with an admirable restraint which makes them sound - at times - like a violent whisper, yet with a sensitivity that gives them a somewhat tuneful shade.

The rhythm guitars form an allusion to Porcupine Tree at times (only quite heavier) - and it is indeed Porcupine Tree's own Colin Edwin who handles the bass here and also contributes to the music's tangible lines, whereas the overall sense of catastrophe is maintained by Fornasari's keyboard curtains and Balazs Pandi's articulate, hard hitting drums.

This album is relentless and dark in its timbres, spawning a troublesome, stirring and beastly experience, and although it might sound a bit monotonic on the surface it is this confined sonic space which gives the music its singular voice; plus there is certainly diversity to be found in the sludge metal to ambience transformation of "Transfiguration" or in the David Sylvian inspired esthetics and vocal delivery found in the beginning of "Infinite Chain," before it evolves into a powerful post metal scenery.

If you crave for a hard core yet impressionistic variation of Tool, Obake and its thick Mutations is definitely the way to go. (8/10)

 

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ISSUE 77
ALBUM REVIEWS

(A-C)  (D-G)  (G-J)  (K-M)  (M-O)  (O-R)  (S-T)  (T-Z)

MIRTHKON
Snack(s)

MIRZADEH
Desired Mythic

MOONSPELL
Extinct

MORAINE
Metamorphic Roc

MURMURISTS
I Cannot Tell Y

MY OWN GHOST
Love Kills

NORILSK
Japetus

OBAKE
Mutations

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