Newly formed UK death metal powerhouse Viscera have exploded out of the gate with a jaw dropping debut album Obsidian, which is set to be unleashed on March 6th 2020.
Obsidian sees the band, which features a veteran lineup that includes ex – Sylosis and Heart of a Coward vocalist Jamie Graham as well as former members of Martyr Defiled and Abhorrent Decimation, immediately establishing themselves as a force to be reckoned with in extreme metal.
Vocalist Jamie Graham said of the effort:
The whole ‘Obsidian’ album touches on that process of struggle vs strength; how love can make someone feel incredibly powerful, but also make them dangerously vulnerable. There are stages of gaining this strength and they often involve going through hell to get there.
With some seriously solid names in their ranks, Viscera have just a touch of pressure going into this debut release. Expectations for something special are there and happily, Viscera don’t just meet them but come rushing at such a pace, they smash through them.
Delilah, Immersed in Ire, Lamb to the Slaughter…the first third of this album is rampant vehemence in all the best death metal/deathcore ways. This is a band with a lot of pent up rage and this is their opportunity to expel it. The occasional bit of guitar groove, super-sexy rhythmic drums and effects making this less run of the mill.
Carpe Noctem, Affliction, Hammers and Nails…the middle third doesn’t change much up. No complaints here though as the haste and control behind each one is delicious stuff.
Heavy is a word that just doesn’t cut it. It is almost nice to have a brief epic-like track in the form of Lilith that flows faultlessly into the title track. This and the finale of Silentium deliver two colossal and crunchy numbers to cap off a fantastic inauguration.
Expectations well and truly met.
Viscera – Obsidian Full Track Listing:
2. Immersed in Ire
3. Lamb to the Slaughter
4. Carpe Noctem
6. Hammers and Nails
Viscera - Obsidian (Unique Leader)
The Final Score - 8/10