Rating:
8.0
Obskuria - Discovery Of Obskuria
21 December 2007


01. I Am My Own God [Dayglo Abortions cover]
02. For Whom The Bell Tolls [Metallica cover]
03. I See
04. Come Together [The Beatles cover]
05. Breakfast Suite
06. Forbidden Look
07. Essence Of Its Own
08. Turn Your Face
09. Discovery Of Obskuria
10. Die Die My Darling [The Misfits cover]
11. The World Is Gone [Peter Thomas, the original 1967 recording is featured here. bonus]


Ecclectic mix of Surf Punk, Blues Rock, Metal, and Space-Rock
World In Sound
Germany 2007
Total Running Time: approximately 78 minutes

CD or 2-LP can be ordered at http://www.worldinsound.de

Line-up:
Tom Brehm - Guitar (USA)
Miguel Angel Burga - Guitar, Vocals (on tracks 01, 02, 10) (Peru)
Winnie Rimbach-Sator - Keyboards (Germany)
Enrique de Vinatea - Drums (Peru)
Carlos Vidal - Bass (Peru)
Xtian Abugattas - 3D Sound Effects (Peru)
Matthias Schäuble - Guitars, Vocals (on tracks 03, 04, 08) (Germany)
Kristin Shey - Vocals (on track 10)
Peter Thomas - Track 11 (bonus track) The World Is Gone) (Germany)

Upon first listen my initial reaction was: "Jesus H. Christ, how the hell will I ever be able to review this? This is going all over the place. This is music best listened to when stoned." And since the only drug I do is alcohol I thought I would never be able to grasp this unless I would step into a time machine and transport myself back to the heydays of Haight-Ashbury in the sixties, peace dude…
But thank whoever for the loads of spins I gave this album and finally on the threshold of 2008 it all clicked. So, 2008 is the dawning of the age of Aquarius? Not sure, but Discovery Of Obskuria does take one back to the Summer of Love. First of all there's the tripped out colourful artwork and its text inlay. Get me a mirror cause I want to read what is written in there? As if that wasn't alienating enough this band is made up of Peruvians, Germans, and an American, constituting eight members.

Slip disc into cd-tray and push play… This 78 minute long trip takes off with two cover tracks. Track one being a spaced up surf punkish version of Dayglo Abortions' "I Am My Own God" and then the big surprise of the album follows after about 4 minutes. Some will call it heresy, others, like me, will love it, a drawn-out 8 minute space rock version of For Whom The Bell Tolls. Never ever has this Metallica classic sounded so alienating. Now this is how covers should sound in my opinion, a band should make it their own, and Obskuria has totally managed that. Except for these two covers a further two are included, Come Together by The Beatles, and Die Die My Darling by The Misfits (this cover far surpassing Metallica's tame version) and as bonus track The World Is Gone by Peter Thomas is added on. This is not a cover but the original recording of the song proper.
But, of course everyone is interested in Obskuria's own music. Well, think Hawkwind at its prime, mix it with Meddle and Ummagumma -era Pink Floyd and hell I even notice some Chris Goss (Masters Of reality) Blue Garden vocal melodies on Turn Your Face.
All the tracks are drawn-out jams, one clocking in at a whopping 19 minutes, another at 12, and the rest between 6 and 8. Totally Sixties music but with a modernday clear heavy and defining production. Close your eyes and slip off into a dream wonderland of euphoric and intense feelings.
This is a trip one can take without smoking the green leaf , eating shrooms, or popping pills or acid. But like with me that will take a couple of more listens than when aided by chemical or natural substances.

Highlights? You will just get high listening to this. But every single self-respecting metalhead should at least have heard Obskuria's version of For Whom The Bell Tolls once.

Conclusion: This is totally not a metal album, nor is it a hard rock album. But I can certainly recommend it to people into space rock and to the more adventurous soul.


Website: http://www.obskuria.com


 


written by Marcel Hubregtse | 06.01.2008



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Marcel Hubregtse - 06.01.2008 at 20:40  
Off we fly.
DrunkenFuck - 06.01.2008 at 23:00  
Great review! However, as much as I would like to hear the Metallica cover, I highly doubt I'm getting the album.
DreamWeaver - 07.01.2008 at 05:53  
"Ecclectic mix of Surf Punk, Blues Rock, Metal, and Space-Rock". This sounds really interesting, gotta check it out.
Søren - 07.01.2008 at 23:06  
So far I've gotten through 6 tracks and I have to say: if you dig early Pink Floyd (anything before Dark Side of the Moon), you will more than likely dig this album.

Kinda reminds of when I used to drop acid and listen to Umma Gumma or, better yet, watch Live at Pompeii. Sometimes I hate being old and sober. *sigh*
Marcel Hubregtse - 07.01.2008 at 23:13  
Written by Søren on 07.01.2008 at 23:06

So far I've gotten through 6 tracks and I have to say: if you dig early Pink Floyd (anything before Dark Side of the Moon), you will more than likely dig this album.

Kinda reminds of when I used to drop acid and listen to Umma Gumma or, better yet, watch Live at Pompeii. Sometimes I hate being old and sober. *sigh*



What do you hate? the oild or the sober part? Good thing about being sober is that everything does register better and you more than likely remember the concert the day after ;-)
BreadGod - 07.01.2008 at 23:44  
They just discovered Obskuria? Hasn't the band existed for awhile? Did they just now discover that they were called Obskuria. Something about the album title is just illogical to me.
Susan - 10.01.2008 at 01:32  
Whoa. I am ALL over this one. Awesome.
jadawal - 15.01.2008 at 17:58  
Anyone know where I can find this album?
Marcel Hubregtse - 15.01.2008 at 18:10  
Written by jadawal on 15.01.2008 at 17:58

Anyone know where I can find this album?


Like it syas in the review:
CD or 2-LP can be ordered at http://www.worldinsound.de
Spyroid - 28.01.2008 at 23:23  
Okay, I love Hawkwind and Meddle and Ummagumma are my favourite Pink Floyd albums.
Should I get this one?
Marcel Hubregtse - 28.01.2008 at 23:26  
Written by Spyroid on 28.01.2008 at 23:23

Okay, I love Hawkwind and Meddle and Ummagumma are my favourite Pink Floyd albums.
Should I get this one?


Then it certainly is an album for you.
Spyroid - 29.01.2008 at 00:59  
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 28.01.2008 at 23:26

Written by Spyroid on 28.01.2008 at 23:23

Okay, I love Hawkwind and Meddle and Ummagumma are my favourite Pink Floyd albums.
Should I get this one?


Then it certainly is an album for you.


Couldn't find it on the Scandinavian website i normaly order from but I'll check the link you paisted above, thanks!
destroyah - 11.04.2008 at 02:07  
The Hawkwind comparison is pretty much dead on... Great stuff!

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