Sky Shadow Obelisk
With influences as far reaching as 80's Swedish Doom Metal and Composers of the Italian High Renaissance, '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. Dealing with the difficult subject of Western Civilization's imminent decline, 'Sky Shadow Obelisk' explores the philosophical questions of transient existence as well as the environmental effects of a wasteful and destructive race. There is a poetry in demise, and 'Sky Shadow Obelisk' revels in the beauty of mankind's irreversible fall from grace. Review In Decibel Magazine September 2009 Sky Shadow Obelisk is the one-man band of Peter Scartabello, a multi-instrumentalist and avant-garde composer, who, under his own name, releases diverse and way impressive avant-classical compositions, However, unlike the other kind-of-long-hair music he plays (the classical stuff), in SSO you won't be hearing much that invokes Messiaen. Here it's all about the doom, the artful doom plunked in a long two-song EP framework. 'Ex Oblivione' really had this writer's ears standing up with it's spinning kaleidoscope of dark sounds: raw, dissonant and very Voivod-ian heavy-assed riffs that get overcome by ambient guitar, distorted bass bellows, clicking hand percussion, Slint-like spoken word recitations, clean singing, interstellar fusion/jazz axe solos and death metal shout-sing. 'Ex Oblivione' is a killer track indeed; however, the clean singing isn't delivered as confidently as the adroit guitar and massive death grunts- maybe more voice lessons before the clean vocals stand so nakedly? Surprisingly, after all the variations of 'Ex Oblivione,' the self-titled track is a classic very sloooow doom number throughout- sustaining, slowly shifting power chords and single notes, sandwiched by hellish grunt-sing. A solid, impressive debut and a perfect addition to all the extreme metal albums showing allegiance to H.P. Lovecraft- the EP is dedicated to the Great Old One's scribe. -Shawn Bosler.