Nov 21, 2010
Obskure Torture - Spilling The Blood Of The World
This album is made up of 7 songs ranging from 7 to 11 minutes and the sound and style changes from start to finish so that shows some marked progression but basically if you hear one song, you already know the entire album. There is no surprises here, this album is slow, murky doses of misanthropic death doom that combines drones with a Funeral Doom aesthetic. The songs are quite hypnotic and slightly mesmerizing but whether you can take it for the whole 72 minutes really comes down to your pain threshold. The riffs here sound like they are drowning in mud most of the time and rarely sound clear enough to notice anything remotely tangible from a musical stand-point. However if atmospheric bleakness is your thing, then you will be swept away with the foreboding tone of this album. From the opening track "Midnight Funeral" to the end of the third track "Summon The Spirits Of War" you are put through some 27 minutes of tortured doom with no light in the sound to be heard. The drums are commanding and powerfully executed but the vocals consisting of vomited growls get very tedious, very quickly. However the second half of the album, if you make that far, at least offers a marked improvement in the song-writing.
There is moments of clarity and the songs sound more concise and well thought-out compared to the albums earlier pieces of filth. "Worship The Beast" and "Black Fog" are the two most impressive tracks on the album with both of these songs at least offering some structure. The rest of the album though is mostly meandering dirges that are indeed heavy in atmosphere but musically it lacks bite in the guitar department as it suffocates itself under a mountain of putrid slime and bile. I guess this is best compared with "Rigor Sardonicus" but it doesn't have the memorable riffs that they have but the atmosphere is there, no question about that. So there you have it, Obskure by name and Obscure musically. I could go either way on this band but for now, all I can say is this is pretty average.........6/10
Note - I couldn't find any website or webpage for this band but you can order the album here - Rotting Grave Distribution
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