Released: September 20, 2010
U.S. Release date: January 25, 2011
Obsidian is a relatively new Dutch metal outfit that lands them in the vein of Meshuggah, The Faceless and Necrophagist, even perhaps Athiest, with an added dose of melody. Point of Infinity represents the band’s second effort. Their debut was the aptly named 2007 release, Emerging. In fact, they are emerging, and extreme metal fans should take note.
Point of Infinity is ripe with dexterous technical pyrotechnics and polyrhythmic riffage. Gruff, harsh growling—check. Clean vocal choruses—check. Nothing two dozen similar bands aren’t doing in the studio as I write this. So aside from a really slick logo, what do these guys offer that makes them stand out from the crowd? More than you’d think.
The band adds some unique layering elements and touches of psychedelics in the mix. I hear whispers of Opeth blended in. Lots of heavy grooves throughout the record. Then there are doom elements, as on the song “Tidal Waves.”
Some of the album’s stand out tracks include: the title track, “Radiating Light,” “Breach,” and the album closer, “Spectral Pathways.”
There are a lot of textures on this album, and I can hear where the band is heading. Point of Infinity is a strong and worthwhile start, and I’m already looking forward to the progression they might make with their third effort.
In all, Point of Infinity is a dark, relentless, profusion of progressive death metal that fans of the genre should enjoy. While there isn’t a wealth of originality here, there is enough to start setting these guys apart, and perhaps ahead of many similar bands.