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Obscurity - Damnations Pride (5/10) - Sweden - 1999

Genre: Black Metal / Thrash Metal
Label: Scarlet Records
Playing time: 41:15
Band homepage: -

Tracklist:

  1. Graves Of Rebirth
  2. Damnations Pride
  3. Mortal Remains
  4. Demented
  5. In The Watches Of The Night
  6. Fallen Arches
  7. Across The Holocaust
  8. Excursion To Eternity
  9. Spiritual Entity
  10. Celestial Conquest
  11. The Condemnation
  12. Unblessed Domain
Obscurity - Damnations Pride
So let's take the info-flyer into the hand: Ah yes, OBSCURITY come from Sweden and had been founded back in 1985, inspired by bands like VENOM, SLAYER, BATHORY and POSSESSED. Oh, here's something interesting: They are praised as a "true Scandinavian Black/Thrash-legend", along with MAYHEM, GROTESQUE and MORBID...

OK, almost impressed I put the CD in my player and WHAM! A Black/Thrash-inferno with rough, unmelodic vocals, fast drums and despite re-mastering a very rough production. That hit home!

You hear everywhere that the songs had been created in the years 1985 and 1986, sounding quite out-fashioned and bumpy. Only two tracks break through the strict limitations of Black/Thrash: "Mortal Remains" (slower, melodic guitars and better vocals) and "Fallen Arches" (quite slow and melodic and with a real structure to the song), the rest of the twelve songs sounds to uniform, to dull for my taste.

So who likes the above-mentioned bands, should check out OBSCURITY, all others, who search for melodies and more variety should better let it be...

Alexander Melzer



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