The band was founded in 2001 by schoolmates Baz (guitars), and Jeffsy (bass) and Paul (drums) and issued its debut demo Disciples Of Death two years later. Matty joined in 2005. By this time the second guitarist had departed. Casket Music signed the band and issued the Obzidian EP in 2007. The group organized the Black Country Metalfest in 2010, 2011 and 2012.
OBZIDIAN - Same - CASKET
Finally folks, something listenable from Casket Music. After hearing a dozen mallcore shite albums from this label in the last several years Obzidian is a genuine surprise. The band is not an elite saviour of heavy metal or anything, but the listener is spared unbridled nü horse manure at least. Obzidian is a band with a dichotomy. The band’s two sides are, by and large, called Slayer and Black Sabbath. Half the music picks up Sabbath’s seminal riffs and twists them around; the other half takes Slayer and clones it into its songs. Aside from the recognizable riffs the repetitions make the songs seem longer than they necessarily should be and this is only a mini-CD, although it lasts over forty minutes. Nevertheless, the overuse of the same riff after the same riff points toward a lack of fully baked ideas. The dichotomy also extends into the vocals department where both clean vocals and growls intermix and take turns on certain songs. The band is clearly both influenced by hard rock and heavy metal and more underground sounds. Incidentally, wait for the funny banter before the live songs at the CD’s end. - Anna Tergel