Obsequiae’s debut full length, Suspended in the Brume of Eos is finally completed! Inventive medieval scales and acoustic guitars embrace a pristine atmosphere that truly sounds like no other band out there in the metal realm. We are all anxious to bring this beast to the masses! Expect passionate songwriting. Sweeping melodies. Crushing vocals. Suspended in the Brume of Eos has a tortured, yet beautiful black soul. Castle metal is born!
Altars of Moss
In the White Fields
Suspended in the Brume of Eos
The Wounded Fox
The Starlit Shore
OBSEQUIAE has existed, in one form or another, for nearly 14 years. While it’s unlikely many have heard of Autumnal Winds, between 1997 – 2004, this young band released several limited-run recordings and demos. Many of these made their way to us at Worm Gear Zine; the predecessor to Bindrune Recordings. These recordings showed potential rarely heard from bands on U.S. soil. Dark and melodic, aggressive and, most importantly, they had their own voice. This was metal that didn’t sound like any of the 2nd rate smut peddled around the underground as retro-anything, post-anything, old school anything, etc. This was metal that did two
things amazingly well: honored the influence from the greater history/spectrum of metal and also exhibited tasteful influence from 13th century music of Western Europe. Founding member and sole-songwriter, Blondel de Nesle, was, at the time, a student of medieval composition for harp. This influence made its mark on their music in a subtle but effective way – calling to mind the bands from yesteryear who approached metal without confining style or approach to a genre. Namely bands like Ophthalamia or even the criminally-underrated Swedish band Miscreant. Before Autumnal Winds would have the opportunity to record a full-length album, the band had been put to rest as its members went on to pursue other bands and projects.
It wasn’t until late 2007 when the members began discussing working together. After much deliberation and rehearsal, it was decided the work would continue under the name Obsequiae. This resulted in several live performances and a self-titled cassette in 2009 which was, quite literally, a new recording that covered three Autumnal Winds songs from their scarcely-produced Venerari Sacra Mysteria demo. This recording was shared with Bindrune Recordings before its initial release. As a result, the band was signed to Bindrune Recordings and the cassette itself was co-released by the label.
Over the next year, Obsequiae began writing material for their full-length Suspended in the Brume of Eos before finally recording the album in early 2011. This album showcases what Obsequiae has always been gifted at creating: Dark, Melodic Metal. Beautifully harmonious guitars, aggressive and creative drumming, subliminal and haunting bass with vocals that bellow cold, harsh cries. As with any recording created and executed with sincerity, this is an album that bears repeated listens and never seizes to reward its listener.