|Review: Extremity Obsession - Segment 8|
Year released: 2020
Review online: December 27, 2020
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Rated 3.67/5 (73.33%) (6 Votes)
Greek Death/Thrash unit Extremity Obsession have a lengthy history despite a lack of releases. They formed in 1990 and released a couple of demos in 1996 and 1997 before disbanding a year later, reformed 18 years later with only guitarist Dan (Kafkis) and guitarist/vocalist Angel (Batsalias) returning for the reunion, and in that time released two albums in 2018 with only six months between them and a single six months after that. This recent productivity wouldn't mean much if the music were poor quality, but if their latest album Segment 8 is anything to go by, that's not the case at all.
Musically, this is clearly inspired by later Death albums, as Dan and Angel's guitar work is progressive, melodic, and sometimes beautiful, and the song structures are tight and intricate. What's most interesting is that every song starts out with an acoustic opening before breaking out into the expected Death/Thrash assault, and they actually go a long way to giving the songs their own identity rather than make them meld together. Vocalist Greg (Barlas) also deserves a special mention, as his strong death grunts sound a good bit like Johan Hegg and stand out as a highlight. That does lead to the album's biggest problem, which is a shoddy production job that puts the vocals too upfront in the mix while the bass is nearly nonexistent. Outside of that, this is a solid album from a band that probably deserved more attention back in the day, and definitely deserves it now.
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