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Sky Shadow Obelisk : Una Lux Una Sonas (EP)

that Sky Shadow Obelisk one-man project is way too original.

Probably the one thing that most reviewers ever complain about is a recurring lack of originality in records. Indeed, when was the last time you read: “this is way too original”?


This is way too original.

Sky Shadow Obelisk is a Doom Death one-man band from Providence, Rhode Island. Despite the obvious geographical affiliation with Lovecraft, there's nothing really chthonian about Peter Scartabello’s music. As a preamble for putting up Sky Shadow Obelisk, Peter ominously writes: Sky Shadow Obelisk emerges out of the detritus of the current vacuous musical landscape. Probing the very essence of sound and exploring new timbral realms, Sky Shadow Obelisk boldly takes it’s place in a musical lineage that has been broken for far too long. While the intention may be praiseworthy, the end result is not as satisfying as the claim is pretentious.

Una Lux Una Sonas is a MCD made up of three songs which are so disparate it could well be some split album with three different bands. Indeed what lineage was he talking about anyways? The very first song, ‘Colony Collapse’, starts off with the feeling of impending doom often found in the earlier releases of Peaceville Three acts only to be washed away with blasting raw explosions a la Autopsy and then all the sudden comes some kind of Beatles-like ballad a la ‘Happiness is a Warm Gun’ with clean vocals (far from being the best feat of the record…)…

Then the eponymous track which is actually put up the other way around. Now the Stone Temple Pilots-like ballad begins first with acoustic strings and a recorder in the background to finally give to some ultra guttural Extreme Doom again a la Autopsy

Comes the very last song, ‘Dead Star Valley’, with its obvious allegiance to Scandinavian Traditional Doom bands and very similar to Reverend Bizarre's material on Return to the Rectory...

The obvious flaw of this record lies in the fact that Sky Shadow Obelisk tries too hard to be original and the final set up of al these elements is at best approximate and awkward giving the impression that songs are not thought as a whole, as a coherent ensemble but rather as a patchwork of bits of this and that put together in a very strange fashion.

The good thing about this though is that Peter Scartabello may well be onto something with vast and enjoyable horizons and provided more work would be put into “harmonizing” these songs, he has all the potential to come up with something majestic in the near future. On the other hand, at this very moment, Una Lux Una Sonas is unfortunately much too inconsistent to achieve anything other than misplaced curiosity.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Colony Collapse
2. Una Lux Una Sonas
3. Dead Star Valley

Duration : Approx. 32 minutes

Visit the Sky Shadow Obelisk bandpage.

Reviewed on 2011-04-15 by Frédéric Cerfvol
Aesthetic Death
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