Israeli band Obsidian Tide was formed in 2012 in a line-up that could differ from four to five members. After a while the core of the band remained and chose to continue as a trio; Oz Avneya on guitars and clean vocals, Erez Nadler on drums, and Shachar Bieber on bass and harsh vocals. 2015 Marks the release of their debut album, Debris; which is basically an EP with an instrumental bonus track, stopping the clock around thirty-three minutes.
Musically Obsidian Tide is heavily influenced by Opeth, including the harsh vocal parts. Listen to the opener Mothman and you will be stunned how Oz Avneya's clean vocals resemble Mikael Åkerfeldt's majestic voice. Shachar Bieber (not releated I hope) does come close to Opeth's vocals, but goes deeper and sounds a bit more disgusting; which can be seen as a compliment, when grunts are discussed. Solace sees another side of the band, a smooth almost acoustic piece, that still breathes Opeth in some way. The song suits perfectly to the previous one and only makes me curious about the songs that are next. Halfbreed also sees the same influences as Mothman, adding a bit of Katatonia to the menu. Opening with a mean and nasty harsh part, the song seems to be in a constant state of movement. Harsh vocals go hand in hand with more melodic vocals of guest vocalist Yochai Davidoff in a composition that is interesting from the beginning to the end. The title track Debris opens with a long instrumental part, continuing with great clean vocals and a mesmerizing melody line, still influenced by the Swedish role models, but definitely growing to become the best song on the album. Slightly hidden mid-eastern influences in the guitar parts ice this fine cake. Reclamation returns to the acoustic music of Solace; perfectly played and creating a smooth atmosphere. The Instrumental bonus is something special; here it sounds like the band I have mentioned several times before has added parts of post rock, creating something fresh and even something that could become Obsidian Tide's own sound.
Debris is short and is put on the market to show what this band is capable of; that is what I think the reason behind this release is. Some of the compositions have fresh ideas and I hope the band grows in the song writing process. The bonus track indicates a sound of their own, so my hopes for a full album are compositions that go beyond Opeth and become Obsidian Tide.
***+ Pedro Bekkers (edited by Astrid de Ronde)
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