Oneiric Celephaïs - The Obscure Sibyl

4 songs
25:12 minutes
***** ****
Gore House


Although they have been around since 2015, Oneiric Celephaïs have waited until now to come up with their first release. The Obscure Sibyl is an EP that should work as a teaser, considering that their label had them sign a multi-album deal, which is quite rare these days. The band name is already a well enough indication at what to expect: the Italians from Florence play incredibly technical death metal that should appeal to all fan of the bands that inspired them: Death, Obscura and their countrymen Gory Blister.

The EP can be considered of consisting of two halves. The first one begins with a one-minute intro, The Eldritch Dark, which shows off from the start the musicians’ technical skills. The first regular song, The Aeon Of Death, is a seven-and-a-half-minute epic where it’s clear that all musicians shine in their own right. The lead guitar feels like an intricate tapestry, the bass guitar has all the virtuosity of a Steve DiGiorgio or a Sean Malone. The drums are adding fierce rhythms that keep it all together. Unfortunately, the lead guitarist also sings, and his low growls may be okay-ish but are too monotonous over the course of the EP. Maybe he should concentrate on his genial guitar playing and look for someone vocally more versatile to take charge of the vocals. The first half ends with From Beyond, at four-and-a-half minutes the shortest track, and despite some straighter moments, it also comes with a lot of technical titbits.

The second half of the EP consists of Vǫluspá, at a little over twelve minutes a downright monster track and definitely the highlight of the record. If Oneiric Celephaïs continue in that vein, they will soon be spearheading the technical death metal movement. This track starts quiety, with a pretty guitar melody, a keyboard carpet and melodic female vocals. Three minutes into the song, we get a bass solo before it turns into the band’s trademark tech death, although here the band adds even more virtuosity, especially the complex lead guitar which must have resulted in knotted fingers, and even some more bass solo parts to prove that these guys share all the greatness, unlike other bands where only one member is allowed to shine on his instrument.

I remain with nine points, although Vǫluspá certainly deserves a maximum rating. Adding more varied vocals to the mix would make Oneiric Celephaïs’ music even more enjoyable. I can imagine that it’s really hard in a live setting to play these complex parts and sing at the same time, so maybe there is hope yet. Fans of technical death metal will be delighter, that much I can promise you!

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