Obitus - March Of The Drones review


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Band: Obitus
Album: March Of The Drones
Release date: April 2009

01. Sacrificial Abolishment
02. Now We're Nothing
03. The March Of The Drones
04. Hypothesis
05. Inconsequential
06. The Endless Void
07. The Drone Marches On

In all honesty, it takes something special to draw my attention these days. Something special in this case would be a wet t-shirt contest for example, or perhaps a re-run of the Pingu series. Or, like Obitus did, dubbing your new album "March Of The Drones". Seriously, that's one hell of an album title isn't it? It has a cool ring to it and the image of pounding, throbbing drone beats really wets my panties.

But enough tomfoolery, let's cut straight to business. Obitus' debut isn't as great as its title implies and it's certainly not packed with drone. What we're treated to today is your average fix of melodic yet aggressive Black metal. Well, concerning the 'drone' part of the title: they do use ambient parts in the middle of the songs but why they chose to do so is beyond me. They're not scary or frightening and they don't enhance the aggression on the Black metal parts, so really, I'm lost. What remains is a bunch of typically hateful vocals, some melodic riffs which are sometimes a little on the flat side, a little drummer boy who merrily beats the living crap out of his cowhides, a few almost-industrial touches and that's it.

You may have guessed by now that I'm not completely enthusiastic about this release. Don't get me wrong, it's not that these guys don't know how to play Black metal to save their lives, but it's just that they are so utterly redundant. Ok, ok, occasionally there's the up-to-par riff and the nice sample, but in the end, you may as well not have listened to this album. What if this band would not exist? Would the world be a better or a worse place? Would we finally be able to reach Mars or acquire the gift/curse of eternal life? No, none of these things. Nothing would change. Did somebody say 'a dime a dozen'?

Rating breakdown
Performance: 7
Songwriting: 6
Originality: 4
Production: 6


Written on 16.07.2009 by If you're interested in extreme, often emotional and underground music, check out my reviews. I retired from reviewing, but I really used to be into that stuff.

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