Review Date: October 2020
Released: 2020, Blood Harvest
After listening to a lot of power metal lately, I put in the latest from Transcendence (Los Angeles) and it was like cutting through it all with a chainsaw. TOWARDS OBSCURITIES BEYOND is the band’s latest full -length after releasing an EP in 2018. The cover art is by Adam Burke and looks like a scene straight out of Hades.
Song titles like “As the Maggots Feast” give the listener a pretty good idea of what’s coming. Transcendence deliver a brand of death metal that harkens back to the early nineties, with a similar-sounding production. “Drowned Screams of the Departed Souls” starts off with a nice acoustic piece, before ripping into some double-bass-drum brutality. Coming in at roughly the half-way mark it has a nice way of breaking the album up.
One of things I noticed about this recording is that the songs have a lot of breaks and tempo changes. There’s a hefty amount of death metal in the foundation, supported by a lot of creative melodic touches (not to be confused with melodeath) and rhythmic parts. The vocals are delivered in a sort of two-pronged attack – guttural lows with alternating versus sung a few notches higher – and it keeps the songs from sounding too repetitive.
Towards Obscurities Beyond is a solid death metal release; recommended for fans of Faceless Burial, Divine Empire and Council of the Fallen. The label Blood Harvest has lots of similar material for fans of the genre.