Obsidian Tide was formed in Israel in 2012. After two years of hard work and dedication Debris was born. Debris is the first installation from progressive death metal outfit Obsidian Tide. The E.P. was released earlier this year in January and it shows off five well crafted tunes for you to enjoy. Obsidian Tide make some obvious nods towards bands such as Opeth, Agalloch and the like. Without sounding entirely like the aforementioned bands Obsidian Tide make the music their own and twist the progressive sound coming up with a mixture and fine balance of soft melodies and the harsher death metal sounds.
The very beginning of the E.P. starts off with a more of an Opeth like intro on the song Mothman. For the majority of the song it is softer and displays more of an acoustic sound than anything else. The mellow clean singing is hypnotic and draws you into the music before they let it rip and transform into a death metal monster. A little more than half way through the song, Obsidian Tide shifts directions from the soft sounds to the more abrasive death metal sounds. The riffs become faster and tighter and the combination of the dual vocalists comes into play. As the softer melodic vocals fade out a gravely roar emits from the second vocalist.
For the entire album this balance between the soft moments and the heavier death metal parts occurs. Obsidian Tide strikes a balance between the two very well and move in and out of one to the other smoothly.
Everything on the E.P. seems rather natural. Nothing here is forced into becoming something that it isn’t and Obsidian Tide focus on being a progressive unit never letting the more progressive side or the death metal side of things take over. Pairing the melodious moments well with the harsher moments makes for more diversity within the music giving the listener more to think about. If anything Obsidian Tide tap into the more emotional side of death metal.
Through the five song E.P. there are two acoustic instrumental songs that break up the rest of the disc. It gives Obsidian Tide the chance to showcase more of their talent. The interludes even tie in well with the rest of the music. Each instrumental leads into the next song one way or another that gives the feeling that the E.P. is one whole unit and not just separate songs compiled together.
The musicianship not just on the instrumental tracks but the entire album is great. The guitars float between softer more melodious tunes to harsher more down tuned riff fests that are married with the obese bass lines that are ever prominent throughout the songs. The drums are of the typical progressive style, bouncing from one drumming style to the next. As mentioned above there are two vocalists, one for the cleans and one for the harsher vocals. They play off of each other nicely complimenting one another. The melodious vocals are the ones you hear first before you get blasted by the roars. For the majority of the album you get to hear the cleans, which is not a bad thing as they are pure and at times a little more powerful than the screams.
With this release being the marking point for more albums and E.P.s to come, Obsidian Tide can only take this and progress with it more. They can grow into the style more and experiment with their sound however they choose. Obsidian Tide put forth a strong debut in Debris, and the five songs that are on the E.P. are well worth the listen.