OBSCENITY - HUMAN BARBECUE - MORBID
Obscenity album number four has quite a few points worthy of observation. Pure death metal it might be, but for a band formed in 1989 the album title is a tad too juvenile. That aside, more substantially, the band chooses to cover Slayer's Raining Blood. For abacinator's sake, enough is enough. World, stop covering Slayer! The covers are as worthless as Iraqi dinars. Two Slayer tribute albums, covers by every band on the planet and still the beat goes on. Unlike the biography's claim that this band is "the best-known death metal act from Germany" one could correctly point to Fleshcrawl. Still, and the above notwithstanding, Obscenity has improved leaps from its last album, The 3rd Chapter, dumped the K&F (Keyboard & Female vocal syndrome), beefed up its riffs and produced something respectable. The riffs are speed-oriented and the vocals rumble in the depths. The drum sound needs a bit of that certain "oomph" if you wish, coming over as too hollow, but overall most death metal fans into Benediction and Sinister (a perfect example of this is Soulripper) are bound to bang heads at the sound of this. - Ali "The Metallian"
OBSCENITY - DEMO - NIAC - MORBID
Clever title; senseless release. While it might be a cute idea to celebrate a band's tenth anniversary with the CDification of its two demos (Age of Brutality and Amputated Souls in this case), the fact of the matter is that Morbid, and other companies, should let the underground remain the underground and concentrate on pushing their bands forward. Not that this is even a commercial ploy, for how many copies does one suppose Obscenity can ship of this CD- good sound quality and all. Oh well, I like death metal so I won't be a nag anymore than I must. It is deadly brutal and it can put you in the mood for their impending tour (Europe of course...), so don't let me deter you if you are undecided. - Ali "The Metallian"
OBSCENITY - COLD BLOODED MURDER - MORBID
I don't remember Obscenity being this good - in fact I am sure they were never this good until now. The singer barks and growls a la Sinister and the musicians annihilate with a definite Cryptopsy-meets-Cannibal Corpse influence. There is some wild drumming happening here - pound, blast, pound,etc. courtesy of new drummer Marc Andree Dieken who propels the band one step forward. Only fault here lies with the mix where the rhythm guitars are under-mixed and often take a back seat to drums and the vocals. Even mastering at Morrisound hasn't helped! The Germans, as a unit, have certainly picked up something from Cryptopsy: deathgrinding with melodic lead work. No doubt about it, Cold Blooded Murder kills.
OBSCENITY - WHERE SINNERS BLEED - ARMAGEDDON
Obscenity has returned to the scene after a four-year absence with a new album and a new record label. Armageddon is essentially the continuation of the West Virginia label, where the band started before moving to Morbid Records, thus Obscenity has come full circle.
The album is both good news and bad news. Where Sinners Bleed is a good allotment of death metal for the masses, which is good. The band has lost none of its conviction after all these years. The fans, however, will be hard-pressed to find much on the CD that would be outstanding or different from the average rung of the scene. Obscenity is not about imagination. The band is about business-as-usual death metal in the vein of Malevolent Creation. The songs are both hard and fast and the leads (on tracks like Die Again, Incomplete or Out Of The Tombs) add a touch of class because they are played so cleanly. Non-Existence has a solo straight out of the Carcass school of lead guitars and is one of the better songs here. Obscenity will neither gain popularity nor lose esteem in the scene because of this, although with the group’s album count getting higher the quintet deserves kudos for its commitment. - Anna Tergel