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Review: Sadistik Forest - Obscure Old Remains
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Obscure Old Remains

Label: Transcending Obscurity Records
Year released: 2021
Duration: 19:04
Tracks: 4
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: April 8, 2021
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
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Sadistik Forest have been making noise in the Finnish underground since 2007, releasing three full-lengths and a split with the now-defunct Septory in that time. It's been about three years since their last album, the killer Morbid Majesties, and I was beginning to wonder when they'd be making new material. Thankfully, they answered that question with the EP Obscure Old Remains which sees the band continuing where they left off in all the best ways.

The first big change you'll notice is the band opting for an analog sound in the production, which gives the album a warm, DIY feel that complements music this aggressively old school nicely. They waste no time at all with opener "Mandragore", which is a merciless assault of Death Metal that hits you with a violent rumbling bass sound and the snarled growls of Markus like the stench of decay from a freshly opened casket from ages past. They let up a little on the opening of "Barbarian", but they quickly get back to kicking your skull in with killer Cannibal Corpse-esque riffs afterwards. "Nihil" works more in the vein of Bolt Thrower, however, with some nice interplay between nonstop thudding bass and experimental guitar melodies, and kills all the same. Closer "Water Black" ends the album on a strong, Doomy note, not too far off from what Morbid Angel did on "Where the Slime Live". I'm not normally one for track-by-track reviews, but there's too much variety for me to talk about this EP any other way, and it's able to hold it all together thanks to a foreboding and oppressive atmosphere that leads to some of the band's heaviest material to date.

Sadistik Forest seem to have a fourth album in the works, but only time will tell when it'll be released. For now, Obscure Old Remains is a short slab of great Death Metal that should tide fans over until then.

Other related information on the site
Review: Morbid Majesties (reviewed by Luxi Lahtinen)
Interview with vocalist and bassist Markus Makkonen, guitarist Antti Heikkinen and drummer Vesa Mutka on August 14, 2017 (Interviewed by Luxi Lahtinen)
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