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Obiat : π

Obiat doesn't seem content to use standards or to conform to set norms. Merely reading the title of the album - which is spelled "eye tree pi" - should make this obvious. What I'm referring to is that using an alphabet couldn't have been enough for these guys, they've resorted to inventing their own pictograph based written language in order to title this album appropriately.

If I were to hazard a guess as to the meaning of the symbols I would say that they represent the musical contents by making the component genres into images. This is my reasoning: The eye may refer to the minds eye, which is a fitting avatar for stoner/space rock; after all the, journeys of all Hawkwind descendants have been directed inwards into the mind. The tree may refer to the strong progressive rock elements found on this album; a complexity that unsymmetrically branches in many coherent directions, that is a decent description of prog. rock, isn't it? Finally there is π, a greek letter and a mathematical symbol; you'll likely see what I'd think that symbolizes when I say that yet another component of the music is math rock.

However, describing the music like this - using the pictographs of the album title to paint a portrait of the music - has one clear flaw: There is no sign for doom metal. For, while this is primarily a result of the three symbols, this is also partially a doom metal album. Some parts of the music are even heavy enough to break the trunk of a tree. Yet, I can also see why a doom metal pictograph would be redundant. This is because the doom metal found herein is a byproduct of the main music slowing down and adding power to the punch. This happens the same way as the loudness becomes a byproduct of the sheer intensity which features in most of the tracks. Obiat's third full length is a megaton of rock's heaviest subgenres.

The fanbase for this album is obvious: Everyone, doomster or not, who enjoy massive rock made by an excellent band fronted by an excellent vocalist, should hear this. To me Obiat proved with this album that they are one of the great bands of our era, and I will hence forth speak with reverence the three symbols which make up the name of this album.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Poison thy honey
2. Delights
3. Serpents' rites
4. Nomad Nomind
5. Passive attack
6. AA54089
7. House of the forgotten sins

Duration : Approx. 57 minutes.

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Reviewed on 25-06-2010 by Arnstein Petersen
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