The first album by the virtuoso technical death metal Obliveon, From This Day Forward, is a highly recommended release. Intricate and sophisticated guitar riffs along with clear, bright, shining bass grooving lines that are not just the echo of guitar really catches my ears. The whole album is evocative, setting the epitome for technical bands today.
Which brings me to the following considerations. I turned down the second album, Nemesis a few days ago merely because I can’t find my favorite part when it comes to Obliveon: interesting bass line that is composed in a way in which it is obviously competing for center stage with the two guitars, without being too boasting, or too technically-oriented for the sake of showing off.
This is the reason why I love From This Day Forward.
With disappointment and bewilderment, I judged Nemesis as “low quality song writing and production”. But after I went through the whole album again, I realized this conclusion was just naive and ridiculous. We can’t just say Nemesis lost the spirit and the original intention of the band, but more specifically that they worked on a different dimension to explore how the sound of Obliveon could go on.
You can hear more complicated and fantastic guitar riffs which are connected tightly together in the way of unprecedented reach. Of course, undoubtedly, the bass parts in Nemesis are not as catchy and flexible as before, ending up being the echo of the guitars. This apparently unreasonable (I assumed they would carry this character on forever) change even made me check whether the line-up was preserved between the two albums. But by appreciating the more sophisticated guitars that make you catch your breath at every moment, this album succeeds in bringing another audio-enjoyment for technical death metal fans, not just stick to what they were good at.
Unfortunately, their second album does not seem to bring the same feeling of overall fulfillment as From This Day Forward. Maybe I did not explore or experience the album thoroughly, failing to catch what Nemesis is supposed to deliver as a whole. So far, after listening to this album for about ten minutes, I found myself being fond of more delicate guitar riff than the first one and its labyrinth of music.