OMITIR "Cotard"

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OMITIR "Cotard"
  • Album: Cotard
  • Year: 2011
  • Artist: 
  • Portugal

I remembered OMITIR as being an obscure Black Metal band from Portugal which lacked any sense of originality. They had released a full-length album back in 2007, dealing with Pagan themes which didn't resonate with me at all. Naturally I was pretty reluctant to pick up their latest record, regardless of the fact that this time the artwork stood out and really caught my attention. The cover depicts some sort of Lovecraftian faceless entity which makes me think of the Aussie band Portal. This is definitely a step forward compared with the cover of their first album "Old temple of depression". As the title indicated, the artwork represents an abandoned pagan altar, with a Viking/Pagan/Folk type logo dumped unaesthetically in the left corner. In other words, pretty boring and standard. 

After listening to the album, I can say I had a pretty big shock regarding the music It's so obvious that the Portuguese artist reconsidered its position regarding his art making, maybe because these days there's such a frenzy going around the innovations made by bands such as DEATHSPELL OMEGA and he had to be part of that, or maybe because he just felt he had to move forward somehow, musically. Why did I bring up DEATHSPELL OMEGA? Well, firstly because the track titles are in Latin, which automatically transforms them into something, more profound and philosophical. This reeks of DSO inspiration (recall names such as "Si Monumentum Requires, Circumspice" or "Jubilate Deo"). It's true if you really consider the names, it seems they don't have anything to do with religious hermeneutics, but with the philosophic interpretation of some dark aspects of the self.  

And then there's the music itself. All I can say is that it's pretty darn spectacular. Even if it was tagged as Depressive Black Metal, the Portuguese strives not to limit the creation with dusty markers used and reused by bands like AUSTERE, GRIS or SANCTA POENAS. Not even a little. It's true that the band draws its inspiration from feelings of the human meekness rubbing against the infinite cosmos (i.e. depression) but so does DSO with songs like "Apokatastasis Pantôn" or the devastating "Carnal Malefactor" and this still doesn't transform the band into a Depressive cliché. The album is entitled "Cotard" and I can't help but wonder if there's any connection between the name and the neuropsychiatric disorder Cotard's delusion, an illness during which the patient claims that he's dead, rotting or non-existent. In some rare cases, they experience illusions of grandeur. This is very possible. The first track is called "False I – Faco Abrupto" – and starts off with an industrial sample, reminiscent of "Silent Hill". The intro reminds me of the French band REVERENCE, because it manages to throw the listener off track into dimension crowned by the void, only to remind you of your own humanity. The song is build upon classic black metal lines which combine with avant-garde black metal touches, but it's made much more exciting with the insertion of Jazz bits. That's right, you heard me – jazz. One can find on approximately every song some Jazz parts that break away the solemnity of the black metal passages, whirling the listener and committing him to deliriousness. Instrumentally speaking the music reminds me sometimes of either of DSO or LEVIATHAN (Massive Conspiracy against Life era) and LURKER OF CHALICE, either of DARKSPACE or VEVET CACOON. On the other hand the music can be view as some sort of Blut aus Nord (less dissonant, it's true) meets Yakuza (yeah, the sax can be heard so well) hybrid. The vocals are pretty standard tough – depressed, oppressed and suffering. There are some clean vocals, here and there, and they are a nice addition. Nevertheless, the singing isn't the high-light of this album. And then there's those insane piano bits on "Perdo" who invite you to loose your wits and go crazy, just like "First Prayer" would do. I could almost smell the incense of damnation listening to it! 

I am so glad that after a long period of not being really able to digest any new black metal release and finding them all faded and boring, I finally manage to pick something up that's actually interesting and isn't bound to standards of the genre. Omitir isn't really Black Metal, nor is it Depressive Black Metal or Ambient, it's just a very complex creation, a mix, an experiment, in other words a massive avant-garde conglomerate, worth teasing your ears. This actually gives me more hope for this world!

Senile Yakuza