Obscure Evil comes from Peru and, with their first release, “Midnight Forces”, plays some vicious black/thrash. This demo contains four tracks of buzzsaw-laden riffs, showing a more extreme homage to classic bands like Venom, Bathory, Destruction and Witchtrap. Their simplistic riffing style is easy to latch onto, and makes for some great headbanging material. Almost as if to cover themselves in a thick layer of fog, Obscure Evil makes sure that the production on this release is muffled. You’ll need to work a bit harder than usual to really make out what’s going on with this release. The primary issue comes from the fact that the hi-hats are so loud, as they tend to drown out everything else. Regardless of this fact, it is not impossible to discern the various riffs on this record. This is good news, because as you might expect, Obscure Evil is well-studied in the ways of creating great riffs. A surprisingly high number of these riffs feature trills, as well as some old-school NWOBHM-sounding patterns.
“Midnight Forces” tends to use many of the tropes of great black/thrash. In addition to the distant sounding production, this release also utilizes enough ride cymbal abuse to keep all blackened thrashers happy, as well as some monstrous vocals. The band’s singer doesn’t quite yell his guts out like a lot of thrash frontmen; instead, he has a huge, echoing scream that is constantly in play. The result takes an already searing record, and makes it even more aggressive and brutal. This is both the good and bad part about this record: it’s authentic black/thrash that sounds like it was recorded into the most obscure underground facilities of Peru. There’s only so much you can do right with this sound, and Obscure Evil does everything right; it’s just difficult to appreciate beyond an atmospheric level. Regardless, for the 12 and a half minute runtime, this demo will keep you thoroughly entertained.
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3.8/5 or 76%.
Written by Scott