OBSEQUIAE - Suspended in the Brume of Eos CD
Genre: Pagan Folk Medieval Metal
Hearing something like this coming out of the US gives me hope. Musically the style being played on here would be easily thought to have come out of England or Europe but this duo is from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Band members Neidhart von Reuental (guitar, bass,drums) and Blondel de Nesle (vocals, guitar) were applying the metal chops in the blackened death band AUTUMNAL WINDS for many years. Blondel de Nesle is also in funeral doom stalwarts CELESTIIAL. None of that matters now since what we have here is something completely different. Combining folk like melodies and prog structured medieval sounding grandeur over a black metal backdrop with rasped vocals. Soft acoustic pieces are interspersed between the metal cuts to give it an almost conceptual feel. This is the type of stuff you would play in a castle if you could afford to own one. Hell this is the type of sound Varg Vikernes was touching upon before his incarceration years ago. Songs like "Atonement" and "Arrows" are fully draped in black metal but without the hornet's nest tremolo picked sound. The rhythms range from mid paced to speedy riffs combining the essence of black metal with that medieval structure. The result is this haunting atmosphere that's chilling yet elegant in a classical meets pagan sense. "Cabin Lights" and opener "Altars of Moss" are majestic to the point of standing in awe of what this duo has accomplished. I absolutely love what these guys have created. Suspended in the Brume of Eos is one of those unique standout releases of 2011. Renaissance Fairies need not apply.