Ordo Obsidium are a band from San Francisco, California that has been featured before in this zine and plays a mixture of black metal and funeral doom and this is a review of their 2016 album "A Crooked Path To Desolation" which will be released in September by Eisenwald.
A very dark and atmospheric sound starts off the album along with some ambient style synths and female vocals and after awhile grim whispers are added onto the recording and after the intro the music goes into more of a melodic and heavier direction along with some grim growls and the solos and leads also use a great amount of melody.
Clean singing and high pitched black metal screams are added after awhile and when the music speeds up a great amount of blast beats can be heard which also gives the songs more of a raw black metal feeling and you can also hear some death metal elements in the guitar riffing and all of the musical instruments sound very powerful.
At times the music can be very avant garde and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and the slower sections of the songs incorporate a great amount of funeral doom metal elements and as the album progresses the faster riffs start utilizing more tremolo picking and some of the tracks also demonstrate a more progressive side and the last track is very long and epic in length.
Ordo Obsidium created a very diverse style on this recording taking some raw and melodic elements of black metal and mixing it with funeral doom, death metal style growls and some avant garde and progressive traces which all make the album sound very original, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover sadness, fear and hatred themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Ordo Obsidium and if you are a fan of black metal and funeral doom, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "A Crooked Path To Desolation" "The Warping Palace" and "Doom Herald". 8 out of 10.