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Obsidian Kingdom: A Year With No Summer

Album Review

Expansive Catalonian gloomsters earn their stripes

As equally in debt to the works of Peter Gabriel and Smashing Pumpkins as they are to the likes of Neurosis, Barcelona’s Obsidian Kingdom have always been an impossible band to pigeonhole.

A Year With No Summer sees them move further away from the more extreme elements of their sound and similar to Deftones’ White Pony, they’ve smoothed down their edges while still retaining a metal mindset. Boosted by the arrival of a new guitarist, Seerborn Ape Tot, and bassist Om Rex Orale, their second album is an unashamedly gloomy opus and although it’s morose, it’s not overly mawkish.

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