Review from Noizz Webzine

April 13, 2017
From: Noizz Webzine
Published: April 13, 2017

La historia de la banda que nos ocupa se remonta al año 2000, cuando un par de suecos unen sus fuerzas para crear OBITUS, sacando al poco tiempo una primera demo y un split compartido con KULT OV AZAZEL, HUMANICIDE y THY LORD, dos precedentes de lo que sería el primer larga duración del grupo “Sonnilon”, que no llegó a publicarse oficialmente. Con el paso de los años el grupo fue evolucionando, y también su sonido, por lo que rescataron tres temas de su anterior disco, con el que no estaban del todo satisfechos, y los adaptaron a la nueva etapa de la banda publicando un EP titulado “Strategema”. Fue en 2009 cuando publican el primer larga duración de su nueva etapa, “The March of the Drones”, con un solo tema de alrededor de tres cuartos de hora, que es el precedente más inmediato a su nuevo disco, sin contar el split “Elemental Nightmares – IV” en el que contribuyeron con un tema.

Tras el breve repaso biográfico a la trayectoria de OBITUS regresamos a 2017, cuando de la mano del sello canadiense Hypnotic Dirge Records ve la luz el nuevo disco del grupo, un trabajo que como su predecesor cuenta únicamente con un corte de alrededor de 45 minutos de duración. El disco en cuestión se titula “Slaves of the Vast Machine” y da buena muestra de las posibilidades del Post Black Metal más frío y crudo para desarrollar composiciones que se alargan hasta la extenuación sin necesidad de recurrir a las repeticiones ni caer en el aburrimiento. Incluso parece como si el corte único fuesen varios temas ensamblados en uno solo, eso sí, empalmados con talento para que el flujo no se detenga ni un instante. Es por eso que sorprende la capacidad del dúo para hacer fluir una música tan extrema y oscura, con predominio de las partes rápidas y agresivas, aunque sin olvidar ciertos momentos sombríos de cadencias más aletargadas.

Concluyendo, estamos ante un trabajo más que interesante, de hecho la parte más floja del disco es la parte gráfica, un tanto pobre visualmente, que contrasta con el derroche de intensidad y creatividad extrema que hay a lo largo de los tres cuartos de hora de “Slaves of the Vast Machine”. Por otro lado puede que con temas tan largos OBITUS ahuyenten al público menos habituado al underground, pero quienes sabemos apreciar este arte oscuro encontraremos un disco tan fascinante como siniestro que nos meterá de lleno en una verdadera tormenta de música extrema y perturbadora. Además hay que decir que el sonido está muy logrado, por lo que es recomendable la escucha a todo volumen.

Rating: 8.5/10
 

Review from Nightfall in Metal Earth

April 12, 2017
From: Nightfall in Metal Earth
Published: April 12, 2017

Le concept d'album à un morceau commence vraiment à sentir le roussi. Il est si vétuste et ennuyant que je trouve anecdotique et emmerdant que les artistes songent même à envisager la possibilité d'en réaliser un. Pourquoi ? Parce que c'est épuisant et que rares sont les groupes comme MOONSORROW, et plus récemment INSOMNIUM, qui ont réussi l'exercice avec brio en divisant clairement leur pavé en tranches digestes. ...

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Review from Ave Noctum

April 12, 2017
From: Ave Noctum Webzine
Published: April 12, 2017

In formative years all we heard was radio gaga, short songs designed for unchallenging airplay. Of course there was classical music and opera which lasted for several centuries but that was for fossils not for young kids with whole lives ahead of them. Naturally as years piled up exposure to other types of music led to an increase in compositional length, we had prog rock and the dinosaurs that played that could really plod on. Doo...

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Review from Infernal Masquerade

April 8, 2017

From: Infernal Masquerade
Published: April 3, 2017 
As a true testament of intensity and brutality, today we Obitus’s latest full-length “Slaves of the Vast Machine”. Comprised of one 45-minute behemoth of a track, this release showcases a master class in crafting intricate Black Metal music that is both engaging and ravaging. While most people would expect this piece to be filled with interludes and atmospheric passages, we are treated to quite the opposite as it is intense ...

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Review from Echoes and Dust

March 18, 2017
From: Echoes and Dust
Published: March 18, 2017

Obitus have stared down the barrel of dystopian torment for years, feeding omens of oppression to the already oppressed masses. The Swedish post-black metal act revel in the mire of a ruined nation as much as they wallow and have an uncanny way of painting a bleak picture of totalitarian hopelessness… boot plus face plus forever comes to mind. If the future looks like this then get your stomping shoes on… I’m in!

Cold and calcula...

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Review from Wonderbox Metal

March 9, 2017
From: Wonderbox music
Published: March 6, 2017 

Obitus are a Swedish black metal band and this is their second album.

Playing harsh black metal, Slaves of the Vast Machine consists of one long 45 minute track.

The band’s music is made up of progressive, dissonant and post-black metal, resulting in music that’s chaotic, relentless and brimming with icy hatred. This is the sound of Slaves of the Vast Machine.

There’s an apocalyptic intensity to this, one that would be hard to sust...

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Review from Transcending Obscurity Webzine

March 1, 2017
From: Transcending Obscurity Webzine
Published: February 26, 2017

Obitus has made it pretty clear what you can expect from their latest album, ‘Slaves of the Vast Machine’: “If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face — forever.” Capturing an outlook as dour as that and putting it to music may seem like a tall order, but that’s just what Obitus achieves on this 2017 release from Hypnotic Dirge Records.

You’ll find no beauty here. There ...

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Review from The Metal Observer

March 1, 2017
From: The Metal Observer
Published: February 25, 2017

Like the indoctrinating repetition of hypnopaedia or the self-fulfilling prophecies of unchecked Nietzschean philosophy, black metal can, in its own distinct way, hammer home its ideologies through sheer force. The beauty behind such a method is simple, really, and can be conveyed any number of ways but most often is distilled into succinct yet powerful memes: “The object of power is power,” “God is dead,” or “A love o...

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Review from Gorger's Metal

March 1, 2017
From: Gorger's Metal
Published: February 23, 2017

Obitus is a duo from Gothenburg, and Slaves of the Vast Machine is their second full length album.
Anders and Johan started the band in 2000, but after a demo and contributions to a split, other projects took up most of their time. Material intended for a debut was largely shelved or downright discarded as the band felt they had evolved and grown away from it. Three songs intended for the never completed album with the working title ...

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Review from Truemetal.it

February 22, 2017
From: True Metal.it
Published: February 21, 2017

Gli Obitus sono un duo svedese attivo dall’ormai lontano 2000 e suonante un black metal piuttosto incazzato. Ci occupiamo oggi del loro secondo, ottimo album che porta il nome di Slaves Of The Vast Machine. La prima cosa di cui parlare è la particolare scelta di offrire il platter sotto forma di un’unica traccia, e gli svedesi in questa direzione sono recidivi; potrebbe quindi risultare poco “vendibile” ma, in tempi frenetic...

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 Released: February 16, 2017
500 Copies (250 through HDR)
Genre: Dystopian Black Metal

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