Omega Centauri - Universum Infinitum (94%),
This review is from: Universum Infinitum (Audio CD)
This is visceral and intelligent music. Intricate and challenging in all the ways Deathspell Omega and Blut Aus Nord offer, with a grand production and scintillating atmospheres. This really is a masterful work. I like space. These guys like space. They also have the ability to translate the wonderment and vastness of the universe into musical form, with dream like melodies and huge progressive chord sequences over odd metrics making for an explorative vision of sound.
Lots of moments are almost through composed, with very little repetition and when things do re-occur it's like a spiral, with little details changing all the time. All this adds up to a pretty exhausting experience and I tend to listen to this album in little bursts rather than in one big go. But that's more my fault for not having the stamina to keep a firm grip as this vehicle twists and turns.
Being prolific has it's benefits, but can also mean output becomes watered down or ideas can be rushed and so not meet their full potential - this album was actually composed over a five year period (and so the opposite is in effect to the pitfalls of artists trying to be prolific). This really shows, just in the level of detail through the arrangements and fact that the album contains no filler whatsoever.
The instrumentalist and composer behind this project is called Tom Vallely, and has really honoured his vision for this band by taking his time on the recordings and compositions. I can't wait for the next installment, and will happily wait another 5 years if that'd mean it would be half this good!