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Released: 2016, Indie
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
Sometimes you don't want to know about genres, you just want some proper metal. Drums, bass, vocals, guitars and most importantly, shredding solos. When metal is
done good it can make you feel invincible this is what I get from listening to Maelstrom, the new album by Stoke-on-Trent metal heads OBEY.
Of course there are the obvious Pantera influences but I hear RELENTLESS (Slayer) and latter day Testament in these songs as well. Watching a few Youtube clips I am
instantly endeared to the band as they wear cut off black denims with a few patches on. It usually shows a love for the craft and for metal in general. A three piece, the band are tighter
than a ducks ass, locking into a rock solid groove that they can easily build upon. This is like a defence as solid as a Tony Pulis football team except that OBEY have a potent strike force.
Enough of the analogies. The production is crisp and sharp, the songs are direct, catchy and are not actually that angry, they are strangely upbeat despite some of the
subject matter. There is a Zakk Wylde southern heaviness mixed in there.
I only have two criticisms. Firstly the amount of songs. I would have reduced from 11 to 10 tracks. Also the pace of the songs. I could have done with a few speedier tracks.
Sometimes the vocals let this type of band down, but Steve's vocals perfectly blend the clean vocals with heavy vocals, not death or growl, just heavy. My favourite tracks are All or Nothing,
Gutless and the "wild card" song House of Wolves which allows an extended solo break.
After the first listen I already had some of the vocal hooks in my head. As is becoming the norm, this is another band that have an album that compete easily with signed bands.
1) No Shelter
4) Aberration Day
5) Death of the Tree Tal
6) House of Wolves
7) All or Nothing
8) Twisted Tabernacle
9) Stone Eater
10) Sea of Intermittent Tranquilitiy
11) Into the Maelstrom
Vocals & Guitar - Steve Pickin
Bass - Dan Ryder
Drums - Chris Poole
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