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Relative Obscurity

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Relative Obscurity

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Release Date: 2009
Genre: Doom, Progressive
1. Super Nova
2. Nonprofundi
3. Is There Something There?
4. Heavens Vast
5. Moment
6. Ostrakon
7. Surface Oblivion
8. Melt Into
9. Forever Lasting Sadness
10. The 13Th Baktun (Closer Pull)
11. The End Of Truth

Review by Anna on July 30, 2010.

This is the debut album of Memory Driven, a band formed by Mr. Dennis Cornelius (ex-Revelation, Place Of Skulls). Though sprouted from Doom, the sound is modern, fresh, and unique. Trying to guess the "influences" that comprise their recipe is like trying to guess all the spices of a complex curry- it's not worth the energy, nor is it necessary. This is a time when the word "progressive" comes especially in handy.

The songs are guitar-oriented and they're packed with excellent riffs and tasteful melodies. The sound is clean, 'perfectly' composed, executed, and seamed at the edges. The vocals are GOOD, though I personally wouldn't mind if they were more dynamic, raw, and IMperfect. The sound of Memory Driven certainly invites this.

"Relative Obscurity" is melancholic in feeling, but not depressive. It would work rather well as a balm for a low day. It would also make an excellent soundtrack for deep thinking, driving alone, or in the company of someone close. This album is straightforward, original, easy to digest, and a very pleasant listen. I don't have much to criticize nor explain here- check this out.

Categorical Rating Breakdown

Musicianship: 9.2
Atmosphere: 8.5
Production: 9
Originality: 9
Overall: 9

Rating: 8.9 out of 10