This is a review of another recording from Obsidian Kingdom with the music being a mixture of avant garde, progressive rock, black and death metal with the album being self released in 2012 and called "Mantiis".
"Not Yet Five" which is also the first track on the album opens up with soft ambient synth sounds and a few seconds later you avant garde elements in the background along with some bass and clean guitars and the song is all instrumental.
"Oncoming Dark" begins with soft acoustic guitar playing and a few seconds later bass, drums and melodic clean singing vocals kick in and a minute later you can hear some distortion in the background along with a small amount of heavy guitars.
"Through The Glass" starts up with soft keyboards and bass guitars before adding in heavy guitar riffs and drums as well as a small amount of melodic lead guitars and the song is another short instrumental.
"Cinnamon Balls" kicks in with heavy guitar riffs and drums along with some black metal screams a few seconds later as well as a small amount of blast beats and then the music goes into a progressive metal direction and towards the end there is a brief use of guitar solos and leads.
"The Nurse" which is another short song begins with soft keyboards playing along with some drum beats and guitar effects a few seconds later and the song is all instrumental and under 2 minutes.
"Answers Revealing" opens up with soft acoustic and bass guitars along with some keyboards and drum beats in the background which also leads up to some melodic clean singing vocals and towards the end there is a brief use of heavy guitar riffs.
"Last Of The Light" makes its way in with heavy guitar and bass riffs along with some drums which also leads up to keyboards, blast beats and black/death metal growls and screams and a minute later the music slows down and goes into a more progressive direction along with some melodic guitar leads which also lead up to saxophones being added into certain sections of the song and towards the end the music gets heavy again.
"Genteel To Mention" is introduced with soft keyboard playing and a few seconds alter drums, bass and acoustic guitars kick in along with some melodic clean singing vocals before adding in guitar leads.
"Awake Until Dawn" has it's start with acoustic guitars and keyboards before adding in drums, heavy guitar riffs and black metal screams and after awhile you can hear some bass and melodic guitar leads and a minute later the music goes into a softer direction and towards the end their is a brief use of clean singing.
"Haunts Of The Underworld" has its beginnings with powerful bass guitars, drums and keyboards and a minute later heavy guitar riffs kick in and during the last minute there is a brief use of guitar solos and leads being utilized.
"Endless Wall" begins with heavy guitar and bass riffs along with some drums as well as clean guitars in the background and then the black metal screams and death metal growls kick in and towards the end there is a brief use of melodic guitar riffing being utilized.
"Fingers In Anguish" opens up with avant garde sound effects and a few seconds later acoustic and bass guitars start to kick in along with some melodic vocals and the song closes with the sound effects.
"Ball-Room" starts up with drums and heavy guitar and bass riffs and a few seconds later black and death metal vocals start to kick in along with a small amount of clean singing and the song is really short.
"And Then It Was" which is also the last song on the album begins with heavy guitar and bass riffs along with some drums and melodic vocals which also lead to guitar solos and leads kicking in and then adding in black metal screams and blast beats.
Song lyrics cover quiet despair and utter violence themes, while the production has a very strong, powerful, heavy and professional sound for being a self released recording where you can hear all of the musical instruments that are present on the album.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Obsidian Kingdom and if you are a fan of progressive black/death metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Cinnamon Balls" "Last Of The Light" "Awake Until Dawn" and "And Then It Was". RECOMMENDED BUY.