Obliteration (Nor) – Black Death Horizon (2013)

Unashamed invocation of the Autopsy spirit. Falls short in terms of the atmosphere.¬†Feels shallow with the rhythm not plugging in the gaps with the adequate distortion. The solos are spectacular and the drumming is on point. Obliteration have one agenda on their mind, play death metal that takes us back to the early 90’s, they do so without hesitation or a hidden agenda. Its not that I think this release warrants an entire review but I do not want to repeat words over and over again. I’m happy with this album and will perhaps get a digital copy of it but that’s pretty much about it.

Will I see them live? HELL YEAH!

Will I get a vinyl? Nope.

Obliteration (Nor) – Nekropsalms (2009)

Bandcamp: https://obliteration.bandcamp.com/album/nekropsalms

WOW, what a jump in terms of approach! Having just reviewed Perpetual Decay and coming to Nekropsalms, I can immediately know the band has sat down and focussed on their entire sound. This is what I call a good evolution, is this how Obliteration hold a candle to Autopsy? Perhaps, but the path seems to be pretty clear here. The album opens with “Ingesting Death” which immediately shocks you if you know the band beforehand at all. A slightly matured approach to death metal with insane drumming!

The focus is on the songwriting, atmosphere and the all-colliding-synergy. The band manage to weave themselves with a sense of heaviness while adding their own energy into the execution. I guess this is what it is, a fantastic execution backed by excellent production. Autopsy fans will flock to this like moth to flame. Track #2 “Catacombs of Horror” is essentially old school death metal worship perfectly! I saw Autopsy live in Glasgow in 2017 and it was one of the best experiences of my life. Their slow methodic way of imputing atmosphere with the bass adding another dimension is what this album is all about.

I would not compare their earlier full length or the EP prior. Obliteration has managed to completely surprise me here because now I know the background of these guys, it’s firmly rooted in the right place. Now comes the question, is this a clone? Is this a better band? Can Obliteration move beyond? These are important questions, yes, but frankly it doesn’t really matter to me when they’re writing such fantastic dense layers of heaviness coupled with aggression. I am enjoying this release a lot more than the last one only because of the direction in which the sound has evolved. The musicians themselves seem to be more comfortable than just riding off into the sunset playing fast and heavy.

If you’re brand new to this record just play Track #4 “The Spawn Of A Dying Kind” and you don’t even need this review, you’ll know what you need to know and will rewind to Track #1 automatically. Quite a treat listening to this and I wish I could be more objective here but the band has just scratched the itch of the sound which we’ve all come to love and adore.

Obliteration (Nor) – Perpetual Decay (2007)

Firstly where is this release on Bandcamp?

After the lightning quick EP, Obliteration (Nor) have released their first full length titled “Perpetual Decay” on Tyrant Syndicate Productions. Even before we begin, I really like the artwork, I like how the logo just disappears into the art. It is quite well done. As we open the cover of this coffin, we’re greeted with a blitzkrieg of riffs and drums that’ll unseat you right from the get go. Excellent pace of delivery here, there is no mercy, there isn’t any time left for the thought of mercy. Think of the late 80’s and early 90’s aggressive Florida death metal and add to it some Finnish precision and we pretty much have Obliteration’s sound nailed down.

No, there are absolutely no issues with what I’m listening to. The band is functioning as a multi cellular organism with a single aim to fuck shit up! Not bad right? Indeed. The riffs are razor sharp, the drumming is meticulous and the vocals fit right in. Now, I think I’ve just said that somewhere before and well there’s nothing beyond than that on the record. It is a good sounding record, well entertaining and absolutely a “Gig-Worthy” record that you’d go mental to. Unfortunately nothing else is happening here, all songs pretty much glue to a section of each other. Nothing’s really building up on anything or is even moving ahead.

It is a war in a predesignated territory and the band delivers beautifully in the zone they operate in. I’d have loved if the band pushed itself a little more and moved beyond the relentlessness. No songs actually build up to go anywhere, they meander around the militarised backbone and give you hell. To sum it up, it is a record really well made, the musicians are clearly giving everything that they can. Frankly it is an enjoyable record, to me though it’s good background death metal. I wouldn’t pick this out in a death metal line up to exclusively listen to it.

I would definitely go see this band live! It must be such a ball to thrash out to their music in a kickass pub!

Obliteration (Nor) – Total Fucking Obliteration (2005) [EP]

https://duplicaterecords.bandcamp.com/album/total-fucking-obliteration

Pretty standard death metal EP with a questionable drum sound on Track #1. If I heard this back in 2005 I wouldn’t have given this another listen and frankly but for the standard delivery there isn’t much which makes it stands on its own. My favourite track is “Babtized in Vomit” which just marches on with fantastic vocals and relentless drumming. Yes, you do hear the bass pop in now and then but otherwise this is a decent effort on the whole. I’ve to chip in about the production here, it is well done. It gives good room for the instruments and giving us a nice well rounded sound. To sum it up, it sounds alright with nothing really standing out on its own. It sure passes for a decent death metal EP but would easily get lost in the mix of releases unless you’re specifically looking for it.