Obey – ‘Maelstrom’   20 comments


No Shelter – Bang! Right in there, with an audible metal firework display). Loaded with grit, power and volume. An immensely flavoursome slice of aggression fuelled metal. Ooh, liking that darkened whisper, like a stalker in a cave, from which there’s no escape, before the full force of metal hits you square in the face again. It’s got it all. Volume, force, palpable heaviness, gravelly edged vocals and feelgood factor in spades.

Embers – Fuck me! An even more hard edged intro, just throwing out the power, through catchy rocky melody and seriously intriguing lyrics. Simply divine riffs, well perfected rhythm and a feeling of pure escapism. Sheer brilliance.

Gutless – Another sensationally rocky intro, getting straight into the catchiness immediately. It screams strength and exuberance throughout the track. Just full of banging instrumentals, imaginative lyrics and is also accompanied by a cracking video, well worth checking out. A track which just shouts and booms ‘metal’ at you, all the way.

Aberration Day – Nicely timed percussive cymbal hit intro, before launching into life, with great wholesome, fulsome metal. More cymbal involvement here, but still plenty hardened grit and assertion. Some totally magical riffs from the mid-section onwards and never a beat missed. A truly spectacular drum hit, towards the end and an acutely determined, metallic ending. Filled with the right stuff.

Tree Talker – Similarly loud, yet slightly more mellow opening. Changing down to a slower beat and a more downbeat tone, whilst retaining the vocal grit. Really involving, engaging track. Very visually emphatic. Carrying a slightly haunting tone, it’s a uniquely atmospheric song.

House Of Wolves – Toning things down here, with some bass emphasis, before seguing smoothly into a sludgy, groovy tone, that’ll pull you in easily. So catchy, so bluesy and majorly affecting. Livelier section from the mid-point on and it just batters your senses, with high-class metal. Nice bit of slide guitar in there and ending on a slightly slowed down Slayer-esque riff.

All Or Nothing – Gorgeous smooth immediate riff intro and equally smooth vocals here, but still containing that tasty grit. Packed chock full of delicious riffs and teasing you with a sexily paced tempo, throughout. Sublime.

Twisted Tabernacle – Jesus! A sheer battering ram of drum hits opens, before sliding with practised expertise into warm, melty vocals, with just a hint of grit at the edges. A really sexy vibe about this one. Loaded with rolling, rocking riffs, unhesitant emphatic lyrics and such yummy goodness, you’ll just want to eat it whole).

Stone Eater – Slide riff introing this time, moving fluidly, right into the groove, with more tuneful melody and an edge of darkness, giving a glimpse into the abyss. Lots of lovely slide riffs and a fun element, with sheer melodic catharsis.

Sea Of – Dreamy intro to this, evoking vivid imagery of escape to far away lands. Pure instrumental of serene tones and calm impressions of dreamscapes. Aptly relaxed pace, tone and melody, enabling imaginative creativity. A nice port in the storm.

Maelstrom – Wow! A positive blazing riff fest of power surges to shoot all that surrounds them down in flames! Such energy and vibrancy lives within this, it just exudes a forcefield of power. Standout track, creating permanent imprints.

Burden – Blazing back into life, with a crash of drums, edgy riffs and unshakeable vocals, on a mission to bring metal to the world. Some more nicely placed Slayer-esque riffs detectable in there, if you listen closely. A great chugging, heavy rhythm to this and a mysterious closing sound, worth further investigation…

Overall – A blazing powerhouse of metallic fury. Rare quality. Unforgettable and 100%, the real deal.

10/10 **********

For fans of high-quality stoner, groove, sludge and blues metal, grunge rock, such as A.I.C. and riff wizards, such as Slayer and Testament.



Posted February 22, 2017 by jennytate in Uncategorized

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