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Saturday, May 19, 2012

Old Man Gloom - NO (2012)

Artist: Old Man Gloom
Album: NO
Country: USA (Santa Fe, NM)
Release Date: 6/26/12 (or 5/2/12 if we're gonna be technical)
Genre: Hardcore/Atmospheric Sludge
Click here to read my in-depth review of this album.

Description: I'll add a description as soon as I actually listen to this but I fully expect this to be completely amazing.

Tracklist, sample song, and download are after the jump.

Friday, May 18, 2012

REVIEW: Kehlvin - The Orchard of Forking Paths (2012)

Artist: Kehlvin
Album: The Orchard of Forking Paths
Country: Switzerland
Release Date: April 20, 2012
Genre: Progressive Hardcore

Description: Heavy, chaotic, dissonant, atmospheric progressive hardcore. Kehlvin stray far from their more Cult of NeurIsis-oriented roots to create something truly unique. This is evolution at its finest, and it's one of the year's best records so far.

Review, tracklist, and link are after the jump.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Tempest - Solace EP (2012)


Artist: Tempest
Album: Solace
Country: Canada (Vancouver)
Release Date: April 2, 2012
Genre: Hardcore/post-metal

Description: Metallic hardcore with strong tinges of atmospheric sludge, especially the darker tones of Amenra and the like and the chaotic assault of Buried Inside. It's only two songs in length, so why not give it a listen? You will wish, like I did, that this could have been much longer.

Tracklist, sample song, and link are after the jump. 

SotW 5/13/12: Neurosis - Aeon

Artist: Neurosis
Song: Aeon
Album: Through Silver in Blood

One of Neurosis' most crushing tracks, Aeon is a definitive masterwork of sludge. Deceptively calm pianos lead off into a monstrous barrage of riffs accompanied by Steve Von Till's and Scott Kelly's signature tortured bellows, and the climax is one of the genre's most memorable. At nearly 12 minutes, it's not easy listening, but since when have Neurosis ever been? This song encapsulates everything they're good at, and you'd be remiss not to give it a spin.

Introduction: Song of the Week

You may notice the embedded youtube video on the blog's right sidebar. This will be the space reserved for the "Song of the Week," which will change weekly, accompanied by a few sentences about each new song.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Neurosis - Through Silver in Blood (1996)

Artist: Neurosis
Album: Through Silver in Blood
Country: USA (Oakland, CA)
Release Date: April 23, 1996
Genre: Atmospheric Sludge Metal

Description: Tribal, percussive, sludgy, bleak, utterly destructive. The definitive post-metal album from the definitive post-metal band. Puts every single one of their imitators to shame. If you like this kind of music yet you don't own this, then you don't like this kind of music.

Tracklist, sample song, and link are after the jump. 


Welcome to Obsidian Tides. On here, I'll post good music from any multitude of genres, but more often than not, it will probably have ties to the following:

Sludge Metal
Black Metal (including the hipsteriffic kind)
Experimental/Avant-Garde Metal

Whatever it is, I promise that it will be good.

That is all. Enjoy.