Made up of members from such renowned Northern Irish acts as Condemned, Hexxed, Overoth and Zombified, The Obscene Machine have crafted 15 minutes of aggressive, Grind-tinged Death Metal.
I managed to catch The Obscene Machine’s first gig at The Voodoo with Exhumed back in March 2012 and they blew me away with their stage show, so naturally, I was very excited to be asked to review their first EP.
There’s a lot of tasteful worship on this album, most notably for bands like Cannibal Corpse and Cryptopsy. Opening track ‘Descent’ is laced with ‘The Bleeding’-style riffs, most notable towards the end of the track and ‘Infinite Intolerance’ has a clean section that is reminiscent of the intro to ‘Defenestration’.
The overall performance is tight and cohesive, particularly with how impressive the drumming is from beginning to end. ‘Father Vermin, Mother Whore’ is the definite highlight track from the short 15 minutes of music provided. The vocals are very natural and commendably, coherent.
As far as production goes, there’s not a lot wrong with it. My only real complaint is that the bass guitar probably isn’t as audible as it could be, but that’s a minor complaint at best.
As good as this recording is, I can safely say that the EP does not do justice to how intense the band are on stage, and I’d strongly urge everyone to see the masked Operatives 1-through-4 where possible.
3/5 – Ricardo Angelone ::: 21/03/13