Obscure Infinity [Germany]
Perpetual Descending into Nothingness
Germany’s Obscure Infinity‘s appreciation of Grave is obvious, with the band being named after one of the Swedish death metal legends’ songs. 3 years since their sophomore full length album, the band is finally ready to release their third full length album, Perpetual Descending into Nothingness.
With the name and the visual imagery presented on the cover artwork, one would almost expect Obscure Infinity to join the legions of old school Swedish inspired bands with Perpetual Descending into Nothingness. Any such expectations are quickly dispelled with Entering the Hall of Eternity, where lead guitars worthy of comparison to Chuck Schuldiner‘s works greet the listener, full of melody yet breeding that slight ominous feeling beneath, not unlike his wizardry on Control Denied.
Things kick up a notch as soon as the instrumental introductory track ends, and Sorcery of the Black Souls hit the listener hard with the relentless blasting of Thomas. The style of Obscure Infinity is quite curious, and is a nice, healthy mix of a variety of landmark acts, although the foundation sticks more closely to the style that Death or Pestilence has created. Often one is reminded of more recent bands like Rude or Vampire with the thrashy edge that Obscure Infinity has in their playing. There is even that ominous, Finnish influence on songs like Expiration of the Lost, sending chills down the listener’s spine.
And of course, the Swedish influences are also undeniable, and apart from the old school death metal of the region, the slower and more occult-sounding moments like on A Forlorn Wanderer even bring in some slight Watain comparisons, especially with their later, heavy metal-oriented releases. It is also this nice balance between the aggressive and the melodic that makes Perpetual Descending into Nothingness such an enchanting album. Guitarists Stefan and Sascha make no attempts at all to hide their love for the neoclassical like on From Odium and Disease, and despite the obvious technicality and complexity in their leads, the melodic aspects ensure things do not get overly clinical.
Perpetual Descending into Nothingness is a thoroughly enjoyable release, and the whole range of influences and elements that have gone into its creation ensures that there is always something new for one to discover with each listen. Certainly a nice early 2015 release to watch out for, even before 2014 comes to a close.
Favourite picks: Into the Undertow, From Odium and Disease