Obscuarae are a solo project from California that plays an atmospheric and ambient form of black metal and this is a review of his 2020 album "To Walk The Paths Of Sorrows" which was re-issued on cassette in 2021 by Sentient Ruin Laboratories.
Ambient style synths start off the album and also mixes in with the heavier sections of the music at times. Most of the tracks are also very long and epic in length while the faster sections of the songs also add in a great amount of blast beats and tremolo picking which also gives the music more of a raw feeling.
Vocals are mostly high pitched black metal screams while the music also has its atmospheric moments along with some melodies also being added into some of the guitar riffing. When guitar leads are utilized they are also done in a very dark yet melodic style as well as all of the drum beats being programmed, most of the music sticks to a faster direction and only adds in a small amount of slow or mid tempo sections and the album closes with an ambient style instrumental.
Obscuarae plays a style of ambient black metal that is very fast, aggressive ,raw and atmospheric sounding. The production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics cover Darkness and Nightfall themes.
In my opinion Obscuarae are a very great sounding atmospheric and ambient black metal solo project and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this cassette. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Upon the Shadowthrone At Night" and "Eerie Freezing Winds". 8 out of 10.