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3 stars Ob(Servant) is the fourth full-length studio album by Australian ( Tasmania) tech death metal act Psycroptic. I think their second album The Scepter of the Ancients (2003) is close to being a classic in the genre and it was with that album I was introduced to the band. Their third album Symbols of Failure (2006) wasnīt as excellent as its predecessor but it was a good album too. The big difference between those two albums was that original lead vocalist ( growler) Matthew Chalk left the band after The Scepter of the Ancients and new lead singer Jason Peppiatt entered Psycroptic for Symbols of Failure and his vocal style just isnīt as over the top insane and brutal as the vocal style of Matthew Chalk. Now some people might say that itīs only a matter of nuance but I think thatīs exactly the important thing when you talk about growling vocals. Itīs the small nuances in the way they are performed that makes the whole difference. In other words brutal growling isnīt just brutal growling and I much prefer Matthew Chalkīs style over the style of Jason Peppiatt ( not that he is a bad performer by any means). So Iīve been a bit anxious to the prospect of what Psycroptic would do next.

The bandīs usual technical death metal style with brutal growling vocals are still the basis but itīs like theyīve tuned down the technical playing a bit. Donīt get me wrong though this is still very technical music but the emphasis seems to have shifted towards a more modern and groove thrashy sound in addition to the fast death metal basis. This is still first and foremost brutal technical death metal though. The songs are all of equal high quality but I do find the album a bit trivial in the end. Itīs hard to put my finger on whatīs wrong but Iīm only mildy excited after listening to the album.

The musicianship is excellent. Tight and razor sharp playing as usual from this band.

The production is professional, sharp and clean but Iīm not really happy about the clinical drum sound. Itīs a bit annoying to my ears.

Iīve given this one many spins because I really wanted to like it but I guess I just have to accept the fact that the path Psycroptic have chosen just isnīt the one I had hoped they would follow. This is still a good technical death metal release though and it deserves 3 BIG stars from me. Iīm sure other fans of the genre will find this album more appealing than me though because it is a high quality album in terms of songwriting, production and performance.

UMUR | 3/5 |


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