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Review: Apriori - Obsessive Reactions
Obsessive Reactions

Label: Independent
Year released: 2008
Duration: 26:37
Tracks: 5
Genre: Death/Thrash

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: October 19, 2008
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
Obsessive Reactions

Rated 3/5 (60%) (2 Votes)

This is the second demo for this Turkish Death/Thrash duo, and for two guys they sure make a lot of noise.  Right from the beginning Obsessive Reactions kicks off with some furious, thrashy Death Metal played at full speed, with some very raw and sharp guitar work - that's what sticks out the most here: The guitars, which incidentally is the main instrument of both band members.  There's no sloppiness to be found here, these guys handle their guitars with precision, and the result literally rips through the speakers, beating the living crap out of your eardrums.  Things do settle down after a couple of minutes, where the music is more mid-paced and melodic and seems to borrow a little bit from Black Metal at this point - mostly due to the vocals, keyboards and overall horror-like/haunting atmosphere.  Effective and addictive.  The vocals vary a little, from Death Metal growls to Black Metal rasps meet Melodic Death Metal "light growls".  The last track, "Emptiness", stands apart by being... a ballad(!)  It's a very good, quiet and melancholic song, but it does feel a little out of place following the sometimes savage speedsters that preceded it.

On Obsessive Reactions, Apriori showcase a lot of talent and an excellent mix of styles that never get boring.  If that's what these guys can do with a demo, I hope some record label will pick them up soon because they literally walk over a hell of a lot of signed bands already.  Definitely a band that I hope we'll hear from again.

Other related information on the site
Interview with Apriori on December 9, 2008 (Interviewed by Michel Renaud)
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