PSYCROPTIC-OB(SERVANT) CD review
“Ob(Servant)” was Aussie Pyscroptic’s debut for Nuclear Blast Records back in 2008, and it’s their most diverse album in terms of musical complexity and unique changes within their songs.
There are nine songs of mind twisting technical death metal, with intricately crafted riffs that intermingle with body obliterating guitar rhythms. The vocals are deathly, but nothing of the growl or guttural type, kind of more in the vein of Pantera meets Napalm Death, but darker in execution. This is still death metal but more mature-sounding in songwriting and in the execution of the instrumentation, which really makes “Ob(Servant)” a good listen, especially if you’re open minded. The songwriting and arrangements are totally outstanding on the songs found here.
I love that guitarist Joe Haley is all over his guitar’s fretboard, yet keeping the rhythms and riffs interestingly brutal enough to knock you on your head. The drumming too, comes at you like a meteorite on steroids, with fire engulfing its tail, while it is headed for the world’s total annihilation.
The otherworldly musical onslaught and antics of the barbaric guitars, blastbeat, snare explosions, pounding bass rhythms, and tormented vocals on “The Shifting Equilibrium” will show you just how fucking sick Psycroptic is.
“Removing The Common Bond” is just as insane in its musicianship and is blasphemously twisted in its feel.
This album is definitely packed with some of Psycroptic’s memorable moments, showing how talented this bunch is when it comes to playing brutal metal, yet keeping it all interesting. The reissue of “Ob(Servant)” is packaged in Digipac and comes in a limited pressing of only 2000 numerated copies worldwide. This is surely one of the better releases from 2008, so don’t pass this one up, as Psycroptic will blow you away note for note here. [Metal Mind Productions] Sarjoo Devani