Obsidian - _On the Path of Others We Follow_
(Rage of Achilles, 2001)
by: Adrian Bromley (8 out of 10)
When I first read the sticker on the album cover ("Ex-members of Cradle of Filth and Infestation -- with guest vocals from Dani Filth"), I'll admit I was a little hesitant about putting on Obsidian. But relatively new British label Rage of Achilles' track record has been pretty good so far (i.e. Goatsblood and Catholicon) so I decided to give it a few spins on my boombox. Consisting of former Cradle of Filth / Infestation drummer Dave Hirschheimer and former Infestation lead guitarist Jamie Evans, Obsidian has managed to gather a strong set of individuals to help add to the demonic death metal assault this five-song EP provides us with. While songs like "Sunsets the Dawn" and "Self Inflicted Enslavement" are tight and as ferocious as can be, check out track five "Massada" (which features Dani Filth doing guest vocals). The sheer brutality of this song -- most notably the drumming and the growls of singer Pete Knight -- is unbelievable. A great closer for a real solid death metal release.

Contact: PO Box 20508, London NW8 8WT, England

(article published 13/5/2001)

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