I have to admit that the first times I played this disc it did absolutely nothing for me. More than that, I didn’t like it, at all. Now though, I can feel the album growing on me the more I listen to it and I’m beginning to see that, not only are there a few standout riffs on this disc, but there are also quite a few standout tracks as well.
Hailing from Canada, but ‘borrowing’ a Finn to do the vocals (none other than Mika Luttinen from IMPALED NAZARENE), OBSCENE EULOGY play a mix of fairly aggressive Black and Death Metal which is complimented by Mika’s in-between vocal style.
OBSCENE EULOGY slump when they attempt to change things up, though. When they either slow things down, like on “Jyrsikää Kyrpää” or aren’t at their most aggressive, like on “Elämälle Kiitos” some of the faults that might not have been as evident in other tracks are glaring in these. The fact that they use a drum machine is almost unnoticeable most of the time unless you’re really listening for it, but on “Elämälle Kiitos” it’s so obvious that it’s almost the only thing I can hear.
However, those are really the only two ‘bad’ tracks on the album. While there are other parts that could have used a little more work, the rest of the album itself can still be rather enjoyable and it’s hard to not forgive a band when a bad track is followed up by something like “Reflection Of The Dead” or the Killjoy/Mika duet “Mortem Paradise”.
So while there is still some work to be done, I can see myself enjoying this album more as time goes on. (Online September 4, 2004)