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Ob(Servant)-Tour Edition Import

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Still proving their extremity and technical prowess is unmatched Psycroptic have evolved into something more sinister yet controlled adding groove and structure to the chaos. The Haley brothers again demonstrating their execution of razor sharp riffling a


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  • Audio CD (March 31, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: PID
  • ASIN: B001W6JFPW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,163,584 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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As far as artwork, lyric concepts, and method are concerned, Psycroptic earns serious points for originality. Death metal is overwrought with imagery of, well, death...or Satan...or both. Psycroptic opt to take a more forward-thinking approach on "Ob(Servant)", lacing their futuristic brand of tech-death with images of interplanetary warfare, devolution, aliens, and the failure of humanity in the face of technology gone awry. But then again, this is death metal, so without the lyrics-sheet in front of you...

"Ob(Servant)" is definitely death metal for the 21st century. Even in 2008 bands are still adhering to principles laid out by your Morbid Angels, Immolations, and Cryptopsys, so it is quite refreshing to find a band like Psycroptic taking their own approach to this most extreme form of music.

All the players on board in this band are innovative in their own right. Vocalist Jason Peppiatt does not let his voice stagnate in one mode. He is all over the map with bellied grunts, angry screams, freakish rasps, and everything in between. Often his cadence and enunciation are more reminiscent of recent hardcore than death metal. The drummer is tight and, as is said in many reviews of this band, comes up with some interesting fills. When he does rely on blast beats, it is an interesting high pitched tuning which allows the blast to be part of a transition or flow instead of the basis of the song. And yes, that is only one guitar player you are hearing. Whether or not guitarist Joe Haley has a third hand, I do not know. His frantic playing, which switches endlessly between dominating riffs, muted aural effects, and jazzy free-form sections, miraculously negates the idea that seperate instruments are needed to properly record death metal.
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Psycroptic's fourth album is also its most accomplished album to date. Which is saying a lot of a band that puts more creative and performative work into each and every song than most bands put into an entire album.

For anyone looking for death metal that is more complex than your standard "strophe 1- strophe 2- chorus- strophe 3- chorus- chorus"-structured songs, Ob(Servant) is a treat. The danger with technical metal is that it can easily degenerate into silliness, absurdity, and musical unintelligibility. Not so with Psycroptic and this album.

Ob(Servant), like Psycroptic's previous efforts, is delightfully complex and rich, while being extremely listeneable. I like to think of it as Carcass' Necroticism album on steroids. It is powerful, brutal, relentless. Music you can headbang to and jump up and down- as opposed to most technical death metal acts that when performed live force the audience to stand around- or get a beer out of boredom. While some songs may start or end on a slower note, it doesn't take long for things to kick into high gear.

Each song works great as a whole, with plenty of memorable moments. Or they can be heard while focusing only on either the drums or the guitar. One will discover a treasure of musicianship. On a video the band says that they tried to keep things interesting. And they succeeded. For once a drummer makes full use of the drum kit- during every song- and every minute. Every part of it and every cymbal is used. The same is the case with the varied guitar work that thankfully sticks mostly to low notes and gives us one great riff after another. And herein lies the wonder of this album. It has in my opinion unlimited re-listeneability.
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I will be the first to admit that the death/tech metal genre is not something that I have really gotten into, but there is something about the music of Psycroptic that piques my interest. The thing that really stands out for me is the incredible musicianship of the the Haley brothers and Cameron Grant. The use of the science fiction/fantasy theme also really appeals to me and makes this album incredibly unique. It also has a groove that is not typical of death/tech metal and really makes Pyscroptic stand out from other bands in the genre. I am not a real fan of the vocals, but this is not a dig at Jason Peppiatt, as I understand that the vocals are part and parcel of this style of music. When listening to the album I sometimes wish that the lyrics are more discernible, as they are very well written and stand up on their own, but there are moments where the vocals are perfectly suited to the songs. The amazing thing about this album and this band is that these songs sound even better live! Having purchased the Initiation CD/DVD, which is a recording of a live show at the HiFi bar in Melbourne, I was incredibly impressed by just how tight the band were and am in awe of their ability. This band is highly under-rated in my opinion and even if you don't like death/tech metal, which I still can't really warm to, and you are prepared to see through the vocal style, you will discover an album that is absolutely incredible. I highly recommend this album and this band.
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Psycroptic is an amazing tech death band from Australia (Tasmania). Jason Peppiat, the vocalist, has 3 voices in one. he sounds like a combination of Pete Ponitkoff, Chris Barnes, and Shagrath. I enjoyed the DVD included with this release, with the diary and the two live performances. this band brings to mind the Black Dahlia Murder, whose vocalist does death growls and yells. I am so glad this band signed up to Nuclear Blast because they have a bright future with them. the songs are hard-driving and short, and I really enjoyed listening to this band.
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