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. Doom led to even further realms but could really send you to Sleep (pun completely intended) so I stuck largely to punk rock at least that was safe until The Damned went and dropped Curtain Call on me. Black metal at first seemed somewhat safe, short, sharp and shocking until I had another surprise in that respect on discovering Enslaved album Eld, “how dare they’ it’s like prog at the speed of light I thought” before falling absolutely head over heels with it. What I am getting at is that we are more used to songs that go on a bit today look at the recent Cultes Des Ghoules album with its 20 minute numbers for example. Obitus who were extreme enough in the first place have taken things to even more extremes though with their second album clocking in with just one track at a whopping 45 minutes and 42 seconds running time. For the genre this must be some sort of record; or CD as is the case with it arriving here.

I remembered this Swedish duo from 2009 album ‘March Of The Drones’ and although cannot remember what I said at the time, a play-through of this continuous yet divided by name in parts album shows what they were evilly formulating and I can assure droning is the last thing on their minds here. The cold, grim and militant album cover with prison like structure kind of shows you that once you have pressed play here there will be absolutely no chance of escape. One sharp note and everything drops in, in a hellish swarming blur. Guitars scythe, drums bounce and crunch and the vocals with sharp thorn laden sickness at their midst snap away along with the dense musical deluge. Dissonance and misanthropy are the key elements of focus here and that can be difficult enough to deal with for many in an average sized track and this is anything but. This is not black metal for weakeners or hipsters in any remote sense and they should be warned away to stick with their Deafheaven and Alcest albums.

There are obviously times when the music is left to slow down a little and weave away at a slightly slower pace but on the whole this is incredibly potent and vicious stuff and could easily be summed up with the description of “fucking hostile.” The production is suitably brash, snappy and powerful and you really get the rolling bounce of the drums powering through you along with the grating bite from the vocals. The lyrics are not at my disposal and in a way that’s probably a good thing as Johan Huldtgren, who provides them as Anders Ahlbäck plunders away at everything else, sounds mightily pissed off at the world. Like the actual song I could keep on and on as it does but that would get us nowhere. What I will say is that not only does it not run out of batteries but it somehow keeps interest levels up throughout duration, never becoming stale or boring and it has certainly not felt like an endurance test as I realise I should give it another play for reviewing purposes.

I’m not sure how natural the pair found putting this together, there is at times a certain jam element about it but we are not privileged to tales of whether they recorded it in one take or not. As for them playing it live…. Well there’s a thought but it would probably involve mass casualty both on and off the stage. This machine is definitely vast, become its slave if you dare!

Rating: 8/10
Reviewed by: Pete Woods

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

February 22, 2017
From: True
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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Review from Metalopsy

February 17, 2017
From: Metalopsy
Published: February 16, 2017
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Everyone with the slightest interest in metal (should) know about the Edge Of Sanity epos Crimson. Released in 1995, it’s a 40+ minutes long single death metal song that goes through bouts of fast riffing and groovy drumming, interwoven with harmonic slow passages with clean singing. It’s an amazingly coherent mix of moods that drives the dystopian backstory forward. The sequel, Crimson II, continues the story, but does so in a much...

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Review from Bleeding 4 Metal

February 17, 2017
From: Bleeding 4 Metal
February 16 2017
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Schaut man sich die Outputs von OBITUS an, gibt es nur ein Wort für die Band und deren Entwicklung: beeindruckend. Im Jahr 2000 setzten die Schweden mit dem Drei-Track-Demo "Coup De Grâce" und dem darauf zelebrierten brutalen, kalten Lo-Fi-Rasanz-Black-Metall ein mehr als markantes Zeichen. Es folgte 2001 die Split "Gather Against Humanity" mit KULT OF AZAZEL, HUMANICIDE und THY LORD, die EP "Stratagema" (2006) und im Jahr 2009 s...

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