The Espresso: a quick review of Oenos’ new single “Nebukadnesar”
A second edition of The Espresso this week you say? How about I double down and discuss a single from another one-man project? Meet me with your order in the next paragraph!
Oenos is a one-man Finnish post-metal project that draws inspiration from creator Sami Tuohino’s safari through bottles of wine. This latest single “Nebukadnesar” is no different – starting with a bottle of dark red wine from South Africa’s Babylonstoren vineyard. This trip ended with a ferocious post-metal rager decrying corrupt world leaders and their deceptive use of religion for power.
The song starts with lurching, siren-like guitars and only gets darker from there. There are heavy doom and black metal influences throughout that pair well together. But the real show-stopper is Tuohino’s vocals, especially that intense scream at the 4:56 mark. His voice is the perfect hybrid of black metal banshee and doom metal titan. The song ends with a real head-nodder of a riff and an excellent call-back to earlier atmospheric guitar parts.
I do wish the song’s mix had a bit more low-end to it. Fortunately, it’s not enough of an issue to ruin your enjoyment of the track. All in all, this is a very great song, and hats off to Oenos for sounding much larger than a one-man project!
“Nebukadnesar” was released on July 24th. You can follow Oenos at the links below:
FFO: Cult of Luna, The Ocean, Alcest