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Review: Obsolete Incarnation – Eradication of Society

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New Year means new releases and already we have several promising releases coming in 2017, including Obsolete Incarnation’s new EP Eradication of Society. You may or may not remember Obsolete Incarnation from another review done last year on their debut full-length New Breed of an Uncurable Disease. Whether you do or don’t, Obsolete Incarnation is back with new material to be released January 27th through Rising Nemesis Records. There’s currently a single out on Youtube, but when the full EP drops you can find it on Amazon, Spotify, Bandcamp, iTunes, and Apple Music! Peep the band’s Facebook too.

Similar to the last album, New Breed of an Uncurable Disease, the songs on Eradication of Society come and go very quickly; they hit hard and leave; they hit it and quit it. A lot of brutal death metal does that kind of thing, but that is not to say there’s nothing interesting here. There is plenty to enjoy and appreciate on Eradication of Society. One thing I was nervous about heading into this EP was the production/mastering , but I’m extremely glad to report that the production and mastering are top quality. Ramon Smith, who also worked with Begging for Incest, My Own Children’s Drink, and Human Waste, is behind this release as well so you know you can expect quality.

The other thing I was nervous about was the songs blending together and not delivering anything out of the ordinary. While I personally found New Breed of an Uncurable Disease to be a decent listen, there were things about it that bothered me or that it just didn’t deliver. The riffs alone (on Eradication of Society) already have a lot more depth and progression to them than anything we’ve heard from Obsolete Incarnation before. The bass is a lot more clear-cut and used well. Any song is a good example, but I’ll use “The Faceless” here. You can easily hear what role the bass takes on during key points in the track. Especially towards the end you can hear it manage the low-end of everything and lay down something for the other instruments to be supported by. Contrasting this almost directly is “Suffocate Humanity.” The work on “The Faceless” is more about being the rock of the song; constantly supplying something heavy and simple. However, on “Suffocate Humanity” the basswork is quite a bit more involved and less about just being supportive. It’s not like full-out tech death where the dude is maniacally plucking away at all 8 strings on the bass, but there is a bit more involved movement on “Suffocate Humanity.” I could write a whole other paragraph about the bass on other songs, but I’ll cut it there. I think you get the point.

I don’t remember if the last album had any, but either way Eradication of Society has some pig squeals on it that are worth mentioning. They aren’t spammed at all and only come up when the song calls for it. For example, when you hear this one verse on “Of Blood and Salvation” it sounds like the kind of verse that would have that. Just when you think “what would this sound like with a pig squeal?” you hear it. Not every time, though because they are few and far out. Do I think Eradication of Society should have more pig squeals? Yes. Do I hold it against Obsolete Incarnation for not using them more? Nah. I feel like if they did try to use them more, it would lose the kick it gives the songs, you know? So it’s probably better this way.

I want to applaud the drummer for bringing more to the table than on previous work. I love his frequent use of sneaky cymbal hits and his double-bass work. There are some moments where a wall of double-bass is necessary and he executed them every time. I feel like there is a lot more of each band members’ potential and creativity expressed in Eradication of Society. I say that because there is just more from every angle on this album and it shows that Obsolete Incarnation is not just another fast band and that they add to the craft. Every song stands out on its own and has sections to it that just hit so hard. This EP is definitely worth a pre-order if not a purchase upon release and I highly recommend it. Obsolete Incarnation stepped their game up big time. My only complaint is how short it is.

Rate: 9.3/10

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