Obsidian Tongue is an Atmospheric Black Metal band from Massachusetts ‘Murica. They have been around since 2009, but their latest 2013 release A Nest of Ravens in the Throat of Time is what we are looking at today. I am a bit unsure who to credit fully here, most of the tracks also say various artists. So, to you various artists, there is your credit. I have no idea who you are, but you must have been session musicians or something. I just don’t know. It is a bit confusing, honestly.
Aside from that confusion, the album is pretty decent. The guitars are played fairly well, though the riffs don’t stand out to me in particular, they were never boring. The bass. I feel like a broken record when talking about bass, it is barely audible. I only know it is even there because I checked by maxing the volume on my bass speaker. The drums are good enough for what they are. They don’t sound particularly fake or hollow. They don’t spam blasts. That is good enough for me. The vocals are typical Black Metal fair with some chants thrown in fro good measure. They are well done, never too quiet, or too loud. The mixing is decent. Everything is clear and sounds don’t drown each other out. No large problems or flaws that I noticed. Each track is long, which is good because there are only six.
Over all A Nest of Ravens in the Throat of Time is a decent release. It is well made and well put together. It isn’t very memorable, but it was never boring. If you like Atmospheric Black Metal, give it a shot. I doubt you will be disappointed. I really don’t have any real gripes, it is a solid album throughout. It isn’t overblown or too simple. It strikes a good balance. Check it out.
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