Album Review – Obsequiae “Suspended in the Brume of Eos” Vinyl Reissue (Metal)

Obsequiae “Suspended in the Brume of Eos”Review By Jeff Black – 4/5 Dragons

Olympia-based label 20 Buck Spin has been finding gold in them hills with recent releases by Atlantean Kodex, Christian Mistress and other such luminaries in the field. Next on the moss-flecked altar is a vinyl reish by Obsequiae, who are really into grandpas guitars, mother nature and great songs. This album came out on CD in 2011 via Bindrune Recordings, but if you had told me that these songs and lyrics were originally hewn into slabs of dolerite by an esoteric order of Welsh druids  eons ago, I’d fully believe you. How these tunes ended up in the hands/heads/hearts of two dudes from Minnesota is one of the great mysteries of our time.

Suspended in the Brume of Eos is not a “heavy” album. It is a medieval folk album augmented by drum kit, and cavernous rasping, transcribed for electric guitar. You could take any of the metal tracks, play them note-for-note on a hodgepodge of lutes, bodhrans and flutey things and they would still work as fluently and profoundly as they do on this album. This is ancient music done the new way, with all the intentions and desires of the old paths left intact. For those who want to hear the music of Empyrium or Agalloch without drippy goth clownage.


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