Obitus - _Strategema_
(Independent, 2006)
by: Quentin Kalis (7.5 out of 10)
These songs were initially written in 2001 during the _Sonnilon_ recording session, with bass and vocals recorded in 2006. A disclaimer states that these songs are not "necessarily true for Obitus 2006" and that this is essentially a "historical document".

Had this been released by a bigger band such as Dimmu Borgir, I would have adopted a highly cynical approach in my evaluation of this album; but this is a self-financed album by a much smaller band. Clearly Obitus must have regarded these songs of being of some value, and this view is not devoid of merit.

In sharp contrast to most EPs, there is not a single piece of filler in sight: just three songs of ferocious black metal imbued with a comparatively decent production, which allows their melodic tendencies to come to the fore. The melding of outright aggression and catchy melody is done masterfully, as only the Swedes seem capable of doing. Their use of melody is constant and prominent, but the innate aggression means that they cannot be compared to more upbeat acts such as Sorhin. The relentlessness might get a bit trying over the course of a full-length, but with a playing time of less than fifteen minutes, this isn't a concern. The vocals, as is too often the case, are the most mundane aspect, straying little from a generic black metal rasp.

Not groundbreaking brilliant, but Obitus get the job done; they are capable of composing more than a few good melodies, and a distinct lack of filler means this will get a few more listens.


(article published 23/10/2006)

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