Review by Adam M on March 17, 2017.
Nailed to Obscurity brings the doom metal to the forefront on King Delusion. The doom metal here has similarities to My Dying Bride, but brings its own unique view to the table. The vibe of the band is similarly downtrodden even if they don’t use the violins. There could also be parallels made to other bands like Draconian, but the bottom line is that there is definitely some death metal to be mixed with the doom metal.
The atmosphere created by the band is powerful and all consuming. There are some great performances put on display here. The guitars weave the threads of melodramatic riffs with a lot of compassion and energy. The vocalist is bleak and fits the music perfectly. The drumming provides a solid background to the remainder of the music. All in all, the band is cohesive and pulls together to form a whole in a wonderful fashion. The melodramatic aura of the outfit is captured from the first track 'King Delsusion' which does a nice job opening up the proceedings. The second track 'Protean' introduces some nice clean portions to the mix. If there is a negative to be found here, it’s that the band maintains their mood, but doesn’t go overboard to find something completely phenomenal. The music thus coasts along feeling complete even though it could be reaching into higher territories to become more ingenious and interesting. Still, for a doom band, the music here is appropriate and captures the correct aura. It just seems that things could be pushed in more compelling directions at times.
When compared directly to Draconian and My Dying Bride, the band successfully brings a similar, but still unique sound to the proceedings. As a doom album this is thus a successful venture that has appropriate amount of feeling and emotional depth. Congratulations to Nailed to Obscurity on creating a beast of an effort with King Delusion.
Rating: 8.1 out of 10105