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Review: Obitus - Coup de Grâce
Coup de Grâce

Label: Rape Records
Year released: 2000
Duration: 10:42
Tracks: 3
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: November 26, 2001
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
Coup de Grâce

Rated 3.75/5 (75%) (8 Votes)

Obitus hail from Sweden and I guess they can be categorized as "anti-human Black Metal" since the booklet states that they support the total annihilation of the human race. Ok on to the music. This is overall very fast-paced without many slowdowns, brutal stuff and the music is quite raw. Despite the speed and brutality, there's still some melodic parts (Ok they're fast but still melodic) which make this more than just your typical hellfest. The third song "A Day Of Gloom" has been stuck in my head ever since I got this CD. I'd say it is arguably the most "mature" of the three songs here in terms of songwriting. It has more variety and tempo changes than the other two and overall just sounds like more work was put into it. The first two songs are pretty much played "pedal to the metal" and are a bit more uniform (read: less variety) than the third one. I'm not saying they're bad - quite the contrary - but my preference tends toward "A Day Of Gloom" as a favorite here. The vocals are quite fitting to the music as well, varying from "screechy" to deep growls. There are a few spoken parts that are extremely well done, having kind of a "haunting" sound to them that add to the evil atmosphere and sound of this recording. Good stuff. Of course I wouldn't mind if the CD was not this short, 11 minutes go by pretty quickly.

I think this should please pretty much any fan of brutal Black Metal. Don't expect any kind of commercial crap sound here, so if you're one of those who think Cradle and Dimmu are the best things out there, you'll go cry to your mom upon hearing this.

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