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Review: The Obscene - The Torment of Sinners
The Obscene
The Torment of Sinners

Label: Pest Records
Year released: 2011
Duration: 35:44
Tracks: 11
Genre: Death Metal


Review online: May 22, 2011
Reviewed by: Christopher Foley
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Rated 4/5 (80%) (4 Votes)

Damn, these guys are right on my back door. I'm surprised I hadn't heard of The Obscene before, I guess my head isn't that close to the ground on my local scene though. Hailing from Durham, England's The Obscene play a dirty, raw, and old school style of death metal, the kind I can gladly get down with. The Torment of Sinners is classed as an EP, but you really get bang for your buck with 11 tracks here, the first six are The Torment of Sinners and the latter five comprise the Destroying the Heavens EP from when the majority of the band performed under the name Salute the Sun.

Taking the first half of the EP here, we're hit with a big putrid guitar tone, sporadic bursts of brutality in blast beats, good but unintelligible growls switching between deep and raspy and some quality riffs. This is nothing that hasn't been done before but doesn't change the fact that it is a good load of fun.

The older songs are ever so slightly more dynamic, although a little less catchy. Some of the riffs are very nice and it would be nice to see a blend of the past and the present on the next release. Overall this is some pretty good homegrown death metal that I'm more than happy to support. Good effort!

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