maybe it was a prophetical time.
This release is, for me personally, another challenge, cause it forces me on a genre i like to hate:
Psychedelic (excepted some tracks by Pink Floyd). However, this soundtrack concept album
(with many instrumental-only parts) is rich in occult science symbolism
and philosophy which i like to find and point out. The project Obskuria
has been created by musicians playing already in bands like Dragonwyck, La Ira de Dios, Treacle People und Karmic
Society. Lands of 3 continents are represented in this project (Germany -
USA - Peru),
and 3 generations (60`s 70`s 80`s).
"Discovery of Obskuria" is marked by retro feelings of the psychedelic 60`s and
70`s, well mixed with wide progressive, and spiced with drops of acid jazz, rock and even blues.
If the influences from Pink Floyd may seem the strongest ones, subtly lead Obskuria to The Doors, The Who, and to The Beatles
too, just to name some of the mythical acts belonging to that period. We have
six original own Obskuria tracks, one cut not played by Obskuria and four covers, one of which dedicated to The Beatles indeed, although we will see that Come Together is not
developed as complete remake, being only a short impression.
The listening is like a hallucinogenic trip, reinterpreted under modern canons, reorganized with a great
playing technique. Pity the presence of passages (in I see and in the
title track) that come out, at the long run, as monotonous. Strong feature is a lead protagonist hammond, that spreads both hypnotic and frightening carpets.
Curious and amazing at the same time is that the overwhelming Hammond is
very eclectic: it is sitar, distortion, lead guitar, pace
underliner, experimentation and melody at the same time. However the
other instruments are not covered and even when vocals in
clear appear they are not submerged by these hammond wormholes. The pulse and string distortion is brought by
skillful guitars and beating bass lines.
Hopes of a past era are awakened but also fears, uncertainty,
alternative anguishing ways to represent the horror, as for example visualized by Francis Ford
Coppola`s Apocalypse Now. A bridge connecting the future is built between the
60`s and 2012, year in which major epic events for mankind are prophetized. What will happen on 2012? Will the stargates of the Gods open
unleashing the Armageddon war?
Will mankind increase its consciousness? Or simply will Earth experience this particular alignment with the centre of our galaxy without many consequences for us? Discovery of Obskuria contains a kind of
"ticket" that allows the listeners to
play the album on (or until?) 21.12.2012, because this work projects
itself into 2012 winter solstice, when a new world is
alleged to be forged through epochal forces. The trip becomes travel into time and space, and
also explanation of the seed emerged in the 60`s. Other arcane element is the booklet with
texts printed backwards mirrorlike. Another key point is, of course, the votive presence of The Beatles. Besides, above or below all this, Obskuria have created something
imposing that will divide the opinions.
For whom the Bell tolls develops one of the most enjoyable tracks of the album. i think i am the enemy number 1 of covers, nonetheless, or right for this reason, i can appreciate well done remakes.
The short Come Together begins with a backward recorded intro and then explodes with the theme of the well known and
It's only a very personalized "pearl of euphoria", it sounds more like an invite or an
homage to the Beatles, being no true whole cover.
Breakfast Suite is the original instrumental track i like the most , that makes
psychedelic bearable; it is simply intriguing with earworm linear yet naughty loops executed with intelligent variations, in pace too.
Everlasting obsession, like a long nocturnal travel on a motorway. A true hypnotic three dimensional trip which rides an
On the contrary, Essence of its own is very progressive, experimental and metropolitan
. The technique reaches peaks of
big skillfulness. Turn your Face turns to rock/blues
The titletrack Discovery Of Obskuria begins as slow-tempo embracing then a more lively pace that gets its
neurotic peak of altered Rock`n Roll state together with many fluent anguished ups and downs, letting surface syncopated and/or delayed string picking under the hammond lead.
Bass beating are very remarkable too. Only negative side is the initial
part too monotone and protracted.
Die Die My Darling, originally by The Misfists, is a nice
cover that will spread soon a sure attraction, although i prefer the
cover done by Metallica.. This is also the only track with female vocals who duet with the male timbre.
The World is gone is a bonustrack not played by Obskuria . It is an original cut
composed by soundtrack- musician Peter Thomas, presented as
flashback from 40 years ago, that "shares Obskuria's vision" .
"Discovery of Obskuria" is not my cup of tea, but is really interesting,
apart some moments of a certain monotousness, something on which i
reflected. I rediscovered an era. Hippies, Vietnam, space race ...maybe it was a prophetical time. Immense changes with a unique
music. "Discovery of Obskuria" strikes the brain awakening those prophecies.
I suggest this work to those young rockers or metalheads who are really interested and motivated, while psychedelic lovers will surely find something to
enjoy ...or to criticize. Fact is that "Psychedelica" lives
again. There is always a chance left to survive, here where Mother Earth still is.
December , 12th of 2012, when the big count ends,
ancient gods appear on earth to stake their claims."