Obscurity - _Ovations to the Death_
(To the Death Records, 1998)
by: Alvin Wee (9 out of 10)
If Obscurity was a car, the horned one himself would get carsick just riding with them. A bullet-train rollercoaster ride through the pits of Hell just mightn't match up to the standards set by this hellish piece of fury, originally unleashed by the Swedish trio in 1986 as a demo. Its present incarnation as a no less obscure 7" from new label TTD Records (hail, Patrik!) reawakens an old-school black metaller's wet dream: a blazing piece of death/thrash metal with obvious nods to Slayer and Venom, all delivered at convincingly breakneck speed. Just listening to "Unblessed Domain" brings back the good old days of leather and spikes, downtuned guitars and cranky amps, certainly enough to give guys like Usurper a run for their money. Incidentally, the label also offers their later demo in the same format entitled _Damnation's Pride_, which, although less primitive than _Ovations to the Death_, packs the same, if not a greater, punch. So if _Reign in Blood_ turned you on, but you wish it had the blackness of _Welcome to Hell_, then don't hesitate to drop Obscurity a line (and $7 per EP).

Contact: TTD Records, c/o Cronberg,

(article published 14/3/1999)

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