ARTIST: Obscure Devotion
TITLE: Ubi Certa Pax Est
STYLE: Blackened Death Metal
FORMAT: JEWEL CD
LABEL: Dark Horizon Records / Dawning Septic Productions
RELEASE NUMBER: DHR036 / DSP003
Dark Horizon Records and Canada's Dawning Septic Productions collaborate to re-issue this excellent album on Jewel Case CD with 12 page booklet, song lyrics and esoteric artwork. Limited to 300 hand numbered copies.
The monolithic "UBI CERTA PAX EST" is an album which will take you on a violent journey through death and rebirth! Prepare yourselves to find the place "where peace is assured". OBSCURE DEVOTION have been able to channel in their latest opus an outstanding and intriguing mix of black, death and post! By rejecting the idea to fall into abused solutions, the band delivers in full an album which is daring and experimental.
INCLUDED IN THIS VERSION:
Obscure Devotion "Ubi Certa Pax Est" Jewel Case CD
2.5" x 4.5" Hand Numbered Collectors Card
4" x 4" Album Art Vinyl Sticker
3" x 3" Dark Horizon Records Logo Vinyl Sticker
Artwork by ANIMVS.
Logo by C. Szpajdel (Lord of Logos).
Haunting medieval ambience starts the record off with a definitively strong atmosphere. There is a filthy groove that has clear roots in Death Metal as blastbeats, caustic riffing and snarled vocals drop us into a brutal barrage of excellency with killer songwriting and incredibly tight musicianship with magnificent production to match. Consistently battering, this album is devastatingly heavy but we do get some gorgeously melodic interluding atmospherics that offer a nice diversity to the soundscapes which do not stray to far from the hellish onslaught that made such a strong opening impact. The sheer might and passion that is driven forth from the monolithic riffing and drum work provides a perfect force for the hateful vocals to be thrown over with a fierce performance from the full band. There are additionally some unpredictably techy sections that work surprisingly well with the death-march of Blackened Death Metal intensity, these add some wickedly groove-hooked progressions to the meaty mix of extremity. These guys have some brilliant ideas while sticking to a fairly well-established style of Blackened Death Metal but deliver it pretty damn flawlessly. Ferociously heavy and reliably well-written with an awesome blend of aggression and melody, this is a really solid album and definitely worth a spin. -8/10
1. Meet The Sorrow 01:05
2. Ubi Certa Pax Est 07:26
3. Burning Blades Of Frozen Tears 06:53
4. Dreaming A Dead Home 04:58
5. The Sign Of Pain 06:09
6. On Butterfly Wings 07:45
7. Arrivederci pt. 1 02:39
8. Arrivederci pt. 2 02:10
9. Beyond The Flesh 06:17
10. Last Embrace 02:16