Occult Burial - Hideous Obscure - (8.5/10)
Published on March 15, 2016
Ottawa’s resident purveyors of first wave blackened madness, Occult Burial, finally unleash their debut full length album, Hideous Obscure, through Invictus Productions. After a strong series of raucous, roughshod demos, this trio, featuring the drummer from the disbanded traditional metal outfit Iron Dogs, brings an album worthy of the waiting. The entire album is a high octane assault of thrashing riffs with an arcane air, filthy speed metal soloing and occult, blackened snarls sure to please any fan of first wave worship.
Though this is the band’s first full length outing, Hideous Obscure stands toe to toe with some of the throwback scenes greats. What really makes Occult Burial’s sound so damn satisfying is the nonstop barrage of thrashy, hard hitting riffs and succinct, yet memorable hooks slathered throughout. It refused to yield in the least bit. Although it’s a constant hellride of ravishing riffs and rollicking percussion, certain tracks, like “A Witch Shall Be Born (Daughter of Darkness)” and “Hades Son” emphasis just how good these guys are.
The production is solid, allowing everything to shine through nicely without losing those occult, first wave vibes. It’s full bodied and powerful, with the focus on the frenzied riffing. While things thrash and blast along finely, there are a few moments that lean into black metal proper, but it always quickly dives back into rollicking first wave worship.
Hideous Obscure is a beast of an album and one that should, no doubt, see these guys making a bigger name for themselves. If a caustic combination of Deathammer, Venom and Bathory sounds good to you, then this album will be your best friend. Gnarly thrashing and proto-black bashing combine for a rip-roaring hellride that will likely wind up sitting pretty high on my year end list.