A token from our recent shows in support of Cult of Luna in Madrid and Barcelona, courtesy of Javier Murillo Photography.
Our mind has been blown away by the tremendous support we got from all of you last week; thank you for coming early to attend our shows and for staying until late to greet us at the merch post. It is because of you that we enjoy so much playing live!
Thanks also to Madness Live! Productions, we wish that every promoter did things half as good as they do; Cult of Luna and crew, one of the best and more professional bands on earth; all the journalist who attended the shows and are presenting us with such awesome feedback; our own crew, without which none of this would be possible; and last and once again, thank YOU ALL for being there.
Next step, Europe!
It is with great pleasure that we hereby announce our presence in the next edition of HEADWAY Festival, which will take place in Amstelveen (NL) on April 27th 2013.
We’ll be sharing the stage with LEPROUS (NO), FREAK KITCHEN (SE), ODDLAND (FI) and many more bands to be confirmed in the following days. We just can’t wait to meet you all there!
Get your tickets here.
€25 (special early-bird rate)
We have been featured in issue #82 of LEGACY, Europe’s most prestigious Metal Magazine. On page 96 you will find a full color, full page interview with the band; and MANTIIS review stands out on page 143 with an excellent score of 14/15. It reads this way (English version below):
Five years have passed since the Catalonian OBSIDIAN KINGDOM came up with their “Matter” EP. Nice expandable progressive metal, we wrote at the time. Being progressive was then considered as not too pejorative but, in the end, obsidian is just simple silicon dioxide. With ‘Mantiis (An Agony in Fourteen Bites)’, the band’s big shot, they have succeeded both with the beautiful digipack – which includes visual excursions into the world of mantids (hay or fishing, praying mantis) – and with showing a quality that most labels would not provide their new bands with. The idea of putting the fragmented 14 pieces into a large Opus seems to have put up well with the Spaniards. Each one of the pieces has its own name and also works quite independently, if one can say that at all; because opulence is the real meaning of all the songs. There are the trumpets in ‘Last of the Light’ or the military marching percussion in ‘Ball-Room’ but, above all, there are constant eruptions and retarding phases on the songs that work as perfect improvisations, while the vocals remind of the newer Enslaved. Everything is often garnished with unusual drumming patterns; have we already spoken about the production? This time the Catalans have scratched their pockets and turned to Jens Bogren (Opeth, Katatonia, Soilwork, etc) for that matter. How come a band like OBSIDIAN KINGDOM is still without a record deal? Can it be because there is no market for it? Such a thing cannot be tolerated. (Johannes Paul Köhler)
14 / 15 points
In less than two months since it got out, MANTIIS has received a ton of praiseworthy reviews from both the audience and the specialized music media. The album has scored an average of 9/10 on all of its reviews and has ranked in high positions on several “best of 2012” lists among giants such as Neurosis, Ihsahn, High on Fire or AmenRa.
“Obsidian Kingdom is the sort of revolutionary band that doesn’t come around that often anymore.”
4/5 @ Progarchives
* “We’re facing a record that could very well mean a turning point in Spanish extreme Metal, since no one has ever built such an ambitious and coherent work before.”
9/10 @ Hipersónica
“(…) the genre blending is flawless, the song progression is imaginative, the diversity is immense and the final result is surprisingly captivating.”
4,25/5 @ Sputnikmusic
* “Rich, complex and crafted, ‘Mantiis’ concentrates as much influences as talent. A huge surprise.”
17/20 @ Spirit of Metal
* “A work to be savored whole from beginning to end; not to be just heard, but rather listened to.”
9/10 @ The Metal Circus
Read MORE REVIEWS
#2 Best Metal Album of 2012 @ Epitonic
#3 Best Metal Album of 2012 @ Mondosonoro
#7 Best Metal Album of 2012 @ Hipersonica
#10 Best Metal Album of 2012 @ No Clean Singing
Get a good impression of the spectacle we’re putting up lately by watching these videos from our MANTIIS presentation show, recorded last 14th December 2012 in Barcelona’ Music Hall.
Last of the Light · live @ Music Hall 2012
As some of you may already know, once in every three months we like to post a short playlist of music we’re into lately.
Here’s the one for winter, with songs from artists such as Scott Walker, WIFE, Deftones and many others. Enjoy!
A huge THANK YOU to the more than 300 attendants that witnessed our presentation show last 14th of December in Barcelona. It was truly a night to remember.
And to the rest, enjoy these pictures of that same night, shot by Oscar Perales from OYEME! Studio
See you in January 2013 with Cult of Luna!
Bart Torres, co-author of El joven Lovecraft, sports our Bars Attacks t-shirt in his latest comic strip. Check it out!
Don’t forget to visit El Joven Lovecraft‘s site and enjoy one of the most original and funny comic strips you’ll ever read, featuring the young H.P. Lovecraft as its main character!
Obsidian Kingdom will be the only support act in Cult of Luna’s Madrid and Barcelona shows. MANTIIS will be played in its entirety – including the lightning and visuals show specially designed to enhance the experience.
30 JAN – Sala Caracol, Madrid – BUY TICKETS
31 JAN – Sala Razzmatazz III, Barcelona – BUY TICKETS
MANTIIS is finally out and it is already yours.
Download our new album for FREE at our bandcamp site.
After two years of hard work we are proud to present you with 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!