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Inner Tinfoil - 90%

SweetLeaf95, September 3rd, 2017

Well, this came as something of a surprise upon first listening. When reading up on a band that has a history with Saint Vitus, labeled as doom, and just skimming some of the imagery, one can assume that it's gonna be a dark and devious beast. Amazingly, that's not entirely what The Obsessed is cracked up to be. One thing's for sure, what you see isn't what you get, because there's a fair amount of warm sounding riffs.

What seems to be the case here is a group of dudes that took the doom metal approach, but allowed the '80s glam scene to influence their output. Oddly enough, it's also pretty back and fourth with the straight doom tracks and the warm, melodic friendlier tracks. "Tombstone Highway" and "Forever Midnight" take the latter approach, pumping out melodic riffs and really smooth vocals, lacking hard drum beats. But the heavier tracks keep the record from sticking to one sound, ultimately keeping it even more interesting throughout. Especially, the instrumental track "Fear Child". This is nothing less than an iron filled solo with a much harder drum beat and a thicker bass sound. One of the biggest standouts is "Freedom", how it basically combines all of these atoms into one massive molecule, clocking in at about six minutes.

Another thing that can't be missed is the hint of blues that is present. Most metal of this style can be traced back to that anyway, but the first things that came to mind were early Peter Green era Fleetwood Mac, and the On Parole days of Motorhead. The production is crystal clear, no white noise, which helps add to the "not-so-dark" feeling that is given off. Bottom line, it has a little bit of everything that early metal is about, without stepping foot into anything extreme-metal related, especially vocal-wise.