Obitus Vitae is a Spanish project, born in 2012 and led by multi-instrumentalist only Brazilian Luiz Armando, who at the end of the past year has produced its debut “Olfacit Mortis”. Not possessing the minimum competence of Latin (the only language used in the album), I avoid vouch for the accuracy of the exposure lyric and I am forwarding the analysis of the product, released under the aegis of the Cimmerian Shade Recordings.
The work contains less than forty minutes of a very black Black atmospheres that in songs like “umbrae Caeli”, “Soul of the Dark” and “Advenere”, also shows a predisposition theatrical regarding the use of the melodies. Our undoubtedly mastered the material very well and mix with substantial expertise in Doom influences, getting a good flow of tightness conveyed; by way of example, it may be permissible to imagine a sort of mixture between the attitude of certain occult Rotting Christ and reminiscences Bethlehem.
Listening to episodes like “Mors In His Swamp” and “Misantropiae”, it becomes clear how vital the contribution of keyboards and synthesizers in the work of Obitus Vitae: these tools (the use of which sometimes even lapping shores Dark Ambient) create it Funeral bleak environments in which well-recline both outbursts that Black Doom slowdowns, creating a plant evocative, dark and highly effective. On tracks like the instrumental “Abditorum” and “Mors Insidit Me,” this tendency reaches almost connotations “operatic”, proving that this is an aspect that Luiz is able to handle really well, giving the whole work a tone of melancholy and desperate solemnity.
If I had to point out a flaw, I could talk about a mix that sometimes, especially in their time more excited, tends to make it slightly confusing interplay between the guitar and drums, but this is insignificant trifle that does not detract from an atmospheric rendering absolutely excellent.
Summing up, “Olfacit Mortis” is a disc that will not change the fate of music anything or anyone, but that will no doubt satisfy those who appreciate the Black visions black, slow and oppressive.
“This is the stuff that churches line up to burn, so grab a copy before it goes into the fire!” The Grim Tower
Limited to 100.