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ALBUM RELEASE: Obsidian Tongue - A Nest of Ravens in the Throat of Time

Posted by Nick Skog on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 Under: Obsidian Tongue
Obsidian Tongue - A Nest of Ravens in the Throat of Time available now!  
CD order, $5 download, free streaming

The latest album from the massachusetts-based atmospheric black metal duo Obsidian Tongue entitled "A Nest of Ravens in the Throat of Time" is now available to order from Hypnotic Dirge Records. As usual, the album is available to order in both CD and digital version and is also available for free streaming in its entirety on both Bandcamp and Youtube.
We are also giving away Obsidian Tongue stickers for free in the first few orders of the album. However, since the pre-orders went better than expected, we only have 7 stickers left and those will go out to the next 7 people to place an order for the Obsidian Tongue CD!

"After releasing a brilliant debut album “Subradiant Architecture” last summer, the massachusetts-based duo Obsidian Tongue is back with their second installment “A Nest of Ravens in the Throat of Time.” Cold, unwavering, primal black metal with a rich organic sound and real melodic sensibilities, Obsidian Tongue has been praised for their exceptional balance of the melodic and raw aspects of black metal, and that is certainly apparent in the new material.

In May 2013, Obsidian Tongue returned to the analog Mystic Valley Studios in Medford, Massachusetts to record the new album. Consisting of 6 songs averaging 9 minutes in length, “A Nest of Ravens in the Throat of Time” is a psychedelic and introspective journey through the collective unconscious of Man and the dark half of the emotional spectrum; A sonic depiction of the spiritual affirmation and personal evolution attainable only through sorrow, anger and disillusionment. A noteworthy contribution to this musical odyssey has been made by John Haughm of the legendary dark metal outfit Agalloch, taking lead vocal duties for the album's title track. Released in an appropriately minimalist fold out booklet with all lyrics included, Obsidian Tongue’s second release is the perfect sonic catharsis for fans of Enslaved, early-Opeth, Wolves in the Throne Room, Agalloch, Alda, Panopticon, Falls of Rauros, and Skagos.
....err fuck the specifications, for black metal fans in GENERAL."

"A Nest of Ravens in the Throat of Time" has received some nice feedback from the press so far, including the following from these 'zines:

Their ability to not stick to a regular formula is catching. It keeps the flow of the songs moving. Be it from the solo leading to dream space on ‘My Hands Were Made to Hold the Wind’ or the up and down tempos of assault to phased out, atmospheric almost, glory on ‘Individuation’. On the closing title-track (which includes vocals from Agalloch’s John Haughm) is drenching in melancholy and slowly plucked guitars set to make the cloud seem extra gray when listening. The song’s later half pulls out a driving beat and what may be the most depressive three-plus minutes of the record. And the soul twisting solo is like a knife in the heart as is weaves all around you. The band doesn’t pull the plug at the end; they just simply fade out, leaving you staring at your shoes while the rain pours around you.
-Echoes and Dust Webzine

As with any good atmospheric black metal album this has the ability to cradle you in it’s mist filled haze and lull you off into a gentle trance and for me that is the mark of a truly impressive record. Peaceful and calming one moment, aggressive, pleading and raw the next and always charming!
-Destructive Music

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