Melodic Black Metal • Czech Republic
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Czech black/death/experimental band founded in 2000. Currently two men project. First demo ("The Final Destination") recorded in the same year, followed by the "Wishing The Renaissance" EP released in 2003 on Radiation Noise Prod. Full length album "Mighty Cosmic Dances" was recorded in late 2004 and released following year by I.F.A. records in Czech Rep. and by Deepsend records (CM sublabel) worldwide. Third album "Communitas (Deconstructing the Order)" released via Werewolf production in October 2009. The album is strongly inspired by social and cultural anthropology and contains many unusual elements as well as Björnar E. Nilsen of VULTURE INDUSTRIES (Nor) as a guest on vocals in two songs.

The band combines different elements (saxophone, didgeridoo, etc.) with standard death/black metal influences. An important part of their music is programming. The used drum machine on their debut album what brought to it a cold and space atmosphere. "Mighty Cosmic Dances", was
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OBLOMOV Mighty Cosmic Dances album cover 3.52 | 11 ratings
Mighty Cosmic Dances
Melodic Black Metal 2005
OBLOMOV Communitas (Deconstructing the Order) album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Communitas (Deconstructing the Order)
Melodic Black Metal 2009

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OBLOMOV Wishing the Renaissance album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Wishing the Renaissance
Melodic Black Metal 2003

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OBLOMOV The Final Destination album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Final Destination
Melodic Black Metal 2001

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OBLOMOV Mighty Cosmic Dances

Album · 2005 · Melodic Black Metal
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Black metal has come a long way, and today's black metal landscape ranges from the raw and filthy end (e.g. Bahimiron and Nadiwrath) over the brutal variety (e.g. Svarttjern and Tsjuder) and the melodic variety (e.g. Darkenhöld and Denial of God) to the more elaborate and artsy end, where we find symphonic acts, such as Dimmu Borgir and Carach Angren, progressive acts, such as Enslaved, and avant-garde acts, such as Total Negation and Chryst. Oblomov's debut album "Mighty Cosmic Dance" belongs to the more artsy end of the black metal spectrum without being either avant-garde or weird.

The album opens with a spacey synth-based instrumental intro which explodes into 'Mentality Failure', and for a second, one might think that this is just going to be another black metal blastbeat-fest, but the song quickly goes down a path of variation and melody and culminates in an almost epic keyboard-enhanced final passage. The following track, 'Redefinition of the Past' opens with an extremely melodic section, which has more in common with traditional metal than black metal, but takes on a slightly more doom metal character for a while, before the tempo increases, as the song morphs into a blend of black metal and melodic thrash metal. By now, it is clear to the listener that Oblomov are not one of those black metal bands who only use two or three riffs, but a band who embraces variation.

The two first tracks are not bad at all, but it is only with 'Lost Between Emotions' that things get really interesting. In addition to the already varied and melodic style of Oblomov, this song features a really cool saxophone lead and even concludes with a very original combination of aggressive metal guitars and a folksy flute. At times bordering on the symphonic, the next track 'Starsend' also features a really cool saxophone lead and an epic choir. While less experimental, 'The Plague' is nonetheless also quite a musical experience.

After the sublime experience that is the triumvirate of 'Lost Between Emotions', 'Starsend', and 'The Blague', the heavier 'Nostalgic Idealization' feels a bit like a slowly deflating balloon, and 'Dreamworks' continues this trend. In all fairness, however, the latter features a very nice breakdown and subsequent instrumental section which together do blow a bit of air back into the balloon before the album is concluded by an outro which, like the intro, is a spacey synth-based instrumental.

The primary generator of melody is the band's use of melodic leads, be it guitar leads, saxophone leads or keyboard leads, but there are several instances where the riffs themselves seem to be inherently melodic. This is definitely something a person like me, who admittedly has never learned to appreciate the more barren and raw genres of black metal, can get behind. Moreover, I really like how much variation there is on this album, and it is clear that the band had a real artistic vision when they made this album. However, the things that I appreciate about "Mighty Cosmic Dances" are likely, I think, to be features that many black metal fans will reject. The variation might be seen as unfocused and the melodic orientation as poppy, and, overall, the album is probably as non-kvlt as can be. Thant again, who gives a fuck about that? But, even though I have a lot of appreciation for the album, it is not an album that I love without reservation. The high point is definitely the sublime triumvirate of 'Lost Between Emotions'/'Starsend'/'The Plague', but after that, the album quickly loses its energy and, sadly, limps out the backdoor.

Still, it's not a bad album, and I can see myself listening to some of the songs repeatedly in the future, but it is probably not an album I will listen to from beginning to end very many times.

OBLOMOV Mighty Cosmic Dances

Album · 2005 · Melodic Black Metal
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Bookended by spacy synthesiser instrumentals to establish the titular cosmic themes of the album, Mighty Cosmic Dances by Oblomov at first sounds like a comparatively standard melodic black metal album, if competently performed.

That said, it isn’t too long before certain differences emerge. For one thing, Oblomov seem much happier to throw in honest-to-goodness solos than your standard black metal act, and apply a clean production style so as to tease out the best of those rather than burying them in wailing distortion; indeed, some instrumental sections, such as the opening couple of minutes of Redefinition of the Past, resemble prog metal more than black metal.

Between that, the offbeat choice of subject matter (there’s a song inspired by Asimov’s Foundation trilogy, for instance, which is hardly a very black metal topic), and the way they don’t use pseudonyms and corpsepaint as a major component of their look, it’s clear that Oblomov aren’t too interested in being kvlt black metal purists, but as well as throwing in more accessible sections they’re also willing to experiment a bit with the format, tossing in the occasional instrumental solo which defies expectations.

You get this towards the end of Mentality Failure, with some pretty synth twinkling which by itself would sound naive but at the end of that track carries a certain gravitas; they really go to town with it on Lost Between Emotions, which combines some of the most ferocious playing on the album with lovelorn lyrics and honest to goodness saxophone solo with synthesiser backing - and then, towards the end of the song, what sounds to me like an honest to goodness didgeridoo, though rather than making it sound like a cod-Australian novelty track it instead (with the aid of the synthesiers) gives it a quasi-medieval flavour, like the didgeridoo is being used to make a sound not dissimilar to a crumhorn.

The saxophone returns again towards the end of Starsend, lending the conclusion a sort of Van der Graaf Generator character - not in terms of musical similarity, but in terms of using the saxophone as an instrument to express tension and anxiety, as happens in the most nightmarish VdGG tracks. (It also heralds perhaps some of the best synthesiser playing on the album, including either an honest-to-goodness mellotron or a decent facsimile of one). The subsequent tracks are more standard melodic black metal fare, but strong examples of the form by and large - and just when you think things have become predictable again, Nostalgic Idealization fades out on a gentle unaccompanied organ solo to keep you guessing, whilst closing song Dreamworks represents the heaviest song on the album but also includes some strange processed vocals towards the end that really help keep up the otherworldly atmosphere.

From what I have heard, the followup album Communitas (Deconstructing the Order) takes their genre-blending and use of unexpected instrumental ingredients even further, and this debut album certainly makes me want to explore that, but it also reveals them as a very capable melodic black metal unit who are able to let their experimental instincts spice up their compositions without upstaging them.

OBLOMOV Mighty Cosmic Dances

Album · 2005 · Melodic Black Metal
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Mighty Cosmic Dances, the 2005 debut album of Czech melodic black/death metal act Oblomov, comes across as the sound of a band who don't quite know what they want to do. With a sound that blends elements of the two extreme metal styles more or less evenly, they haven't produced a bad album per se, but it is one where most of the time they seem to be doing one thing, but every so often a different band escapes and takes charge. And this other band is much more willing to step outside of the comfort zone established by the other one.

Obviously the band's music is at its most interesting during these parts. A key track to my ears is Lost Between Emotions, which shows the extent of what Oblomov are actually able to pull off. Their more straight-forward work is not bad music, they deliver a decent enough black/death metal song, but once I've heard that track and have realised what they can do when all the stops are pulled out, sitting through the more normal sections feels like I'm just waiting for something to happen. It's kind of like how you feel when you make a telephone call but get put on hold: it gets boring after a while. Something may happen again sooner or later, but ultimately you get put on hold again. It doesn't make for a too enjoyable listen because of that.

In summary this isn't a bad album from Oblomov, just a disjointed one. It does enough to make me curious about the following album Communitas (Deconstructing the Order), from 2009, but doesn't give me too much pleasure in and of itself.

OBLOMOV Mighty Cosmic Dances

Album · 2005 · Melodic Black Metal
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Released in 2005, Mighty Cosmic Dances is the debut album from Czech black metal band Oblomov. Even before listening to the album a glance at the cover suggests an album with sci-fi themes and so it is though from a musical point of view only the synth driven Intro and Outro sound particularly spacey.

At thirty nine minutes it’s a fairly short album by today’s standards but that’s no bad thing in itself as many albums far outstay their welcome with large quantities of filler. The album kicks in properly with Mentality Fatigue and it’s pretty standard black metal fayre of the more melodic variety, well enough played though falling short of anything to set it apart from numerous other releases. However, as the album progresses it becomes apparent that Oblomov aren’t going to be restricted to traditional metal instrumentation and introduce sax for the first, but not last time on Lost Between Emotions as well as what sounds like a particularly cheap organ and a whistle/recorder. I’m all for experimentation and hats off to bands that don’t allow themselves to be constrained by genre boundaries but the sax in particular sounds somewhat incongruous to the overall sound. The keyboards fair better however and used for effect rather than playing a large part in the songs.

By the time I’m nearing the end I’m left with the impression of a very competent black metal band who have released a good album though lacking a few killer tracks to set it apart from the general masses of other bands following a similar path. However, Nostalgic Idealization leaves a longer lasting impressing with stronger hooks and riffs. Sadly it’s too little too late and final track Dreamworks (excluding Outro) returns to more middling ground.

For a debut album Mighty Cosmic Dances is not bad at all but I was left feeling the band will need to up their game if they wished to join the premiership league of black metal. Although I’ve not heard their second album, Communitas (Deconstructing the Order) in full it appears to show some growth with more experimentation so Oblomov are definitely worth keeping an eye on if they ever get round to releasing a third album.

OBLOMOV Mighty Cosmic Dances

Album · 2005 · Melodic Black Metal
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MMA Reviewer's Challenge: September 2016

Though on the surface it may conjure up the kind of spacey imagery that is associated mostly with certain brands of atmospheric black metal act, which is only further enforced by its title, Mighty Cosmic Dances (2005), the debut full-length album of Czech act Oblomov shows itself to be a very different kind of black metal release. The synths used on the album do sometimes sound spacey, but it's most notable in the short intro and outro tracks than anywhere else, as they are used somewhat sparingly.

While Oblomov are usually described as being somewhere between a melodic black metal and melodic death metal band, I find them to be much more the former than the latter. Unlike other black metal artists that invoke a spacey motif, these guys favour a largely direct form of riff-driven song-writing that initially offers up little by way of surprise after the intro track is out of the way. Mentality Failure and Redefinition of the Past are both solid enough melodic black metal songs that are pretty much staples of the genre at its most polished. I find them to be listenable but they don't really provoke any kind of wow factor either.

Then everything changes.

The track goes by the name Lost Between Emotions and with it Oblomov show that they can be so much more as an artist. Folksy, and even a bit experimental sounding with more of a noticeable blend of both black and death metal growls it really sounds as if the band stepped things up more than a single gear. Unfortunately this newly shown adventurous side begins to recede again in the following track Starsend, though the band do throw in a saxophone solo there. But for those few minutes in Lost Between Emotions especially Oblomov proved that they can be something special within the black metal scene. Both Nostalgic Idealization and Dreamworks also show off some more interesting parts, but for the most part Mighty Cosmic Dances comes across as very standard melodic black metal fare.

Mighty Cosmic Dances is a solid debut album overall but also the kind that mostly serves to display the group's future potential rather than realising it straight away. While I'm not blown away by it I'm intrigued enough by the album that I want to hear more from Oblomov.

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