Obake – Draugr (Review)

ObakeObake are an Italian experimental sludge metal band and this is their third album.

Obake are an unusual band, as you may have surmised from the oddly unsettling album cover. They essentially take a sludge metal base and use this to launch an experimental foray into avant-garde waters, usually quite defying the listener in their expectations. Continue reading

Teeph – Solid Jobs (Review)

TeephTeeph are from the US and play Hardcore Metal.

This is heavy stuff, in the style of Botch, early Cave In, Knut, Zao, et al. This style hit its biggest point in the late 90’s/early 00’s and Teeph sound like they would have fit in just right back then.

Solid Jobs burns with a refined anger and a timeless appeal of pure heaviosity. The songs are impressive and gather influences from a range of sources, merging them into a cohesive whole.

As well as the loud and heavy parts they also know enough about their genre to add in slower, more introspective sections so that they use light and shade to maximum effect.

Teeph also show a bit of a Sludge influence to some of their riffs, greatly enhancing their songs. There is even the odd Stoner riff detectable, such as at the end of Marijuana Chaos.

Vocally the shouting is strong and deeply satisfying; the singer rages and snarls and really hits the spot.

This kind of music takes me back and it’s great to hear a band do it so well. This is an outstanding EP – it’s like listening to an old favourite for the first time.

Highly recommended.