“Mantiis” is the new album by the Barcelona-based post metal act Obsidian Kingdom.
This is the band’s official statement on its release:
“After two years of hard work we are proud to present you the fruit of our efforts. A conceptual album featuring a single song divided into fourteen tracks which flow through different genres. An agony in fourteen bites. We hope that you enjoy listening to our music as much as we have enjoyed creating it. Feast your ears and see you onstage!”
According to their own words “Mantiis” is the most ambitious project of the band until date; Obsidian Kingdom’s debut fully displays its members’ maturity in music writing and performing, meaning a bizarre step outside the boundaries of extreme music.
Taking part in the long-lived tradition of rock operas – from David Bowie to King Diamond –, “Mantiis” embarks the listener in an eerie musical trip, noted for the coherent exploration of a wide range of styles and emotions. The band spares no sound resources in order to portray the most varied scenes; from quiet despair to utter violence.
“Mantiis” was released on 16th November 2012. It was mastered by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios. The artwork was designed by Estudio Ritxi Ostáriz (Ihsahn, Ulver) and Elena Gallen (Kulte, VICE). The album features a collaboration by Fiar from the black metallers Foscor.
“Mantiis” comes out in a limited to 500 copies deluxe hard-cover digipack with a 14 page printed booklet.
Obsidian Kingdom will be the supporting act of Cult of Luna forthcoming gigs in Madrid and Barcelona.
You can download their new album for free at their bandcamp site.