Like some ebon relic discovered among sun-bleached dunes, Obscure Evil is Caligari Records’ most paradoxical find to date. Replete with riffs like the incisive whip cracks of demonic masters, vocals that morph from hellhound barks to blood-spewing glossolalia, and drums beat with murderous intent, Obscure Evil is four songs of first wave black metal-warped death/thrash reminiscent of early Slayer, Bulldozer and Sepultura--yet crafted by a new band. From the underground of Lima, Peru comes Obscure Evil, whose self-titled demo will be available from Caligari Records.
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No Clean Singing: Obscure Evil have tapped into a rich vein of raw, venomous thrash, tinged with the obsidian gleam of first-wave black metal. The riffs in these songs are electrifying — there’s no better word for it. And while the riffs and superheated soloing are the fast-beating heart of the music, the rhythm section is just as attention-grabbing, with organic-sounding drum bursts and the clash and crash of cymbals amping the music’s energy. To add a further layer of ferocity to this boiling cauldron of poison, the reverberating vocal howls conjure hallucinations of a red-eyed demon exhorting this horde to further extremes of blood-lusting mayhem.
A corrosive mix of death, doom, psychedelia, and black metal, the Portland quartet’s debut full-length is a bona fide underground monolith that shapeshifts with each listen, all while maintaining its essential heaviness. Bandcamp Album of the Day Feb 1, 2019