Album: Swallow the Sun
Release Date: 5th April, 2019
Label: Self Released
Review by John
Over the course of the last decade, Staffordshire three piece Obey have been gradually making a name for themselves in the underground UK metal scene. Now, with fourth album ‘Swallow The Sun’, is it time for
them to emerge from the shadows to a wider audience?
Opener ‘Back Home’ is a hauntingly dark piece with some dirty riffs and beautifully melodic vocals, and sets the tone of the album perfectly, before ‘Drive’ unleashes a chaotic melee of twisting guitars that has
an almost proto-grunge sound. Things are off to an impressive start.
Taking inspiration from the infamous television adverts of the 90s, ‘Call Of The Judderman’ thunders in and worms its way into your ears with a bouncy refrain that is married to lyrics that, if you recall the adverts, will
certainly convey a palpable sense of dread. With bursts of sonic excess and a thundering climax, ‘Call Of The Judderman’ is one of the highlights of the album.
‘Star Crusher’ is a brief doomy instrumental that blends perfectly into the title track ‘Swallow The Sun’, a stoner rock banger that is dripping with groove and attitude.
‘Esmeralda and the Doom Blues’ is an infectious offering that blends melody and ferocity, with a semi sedate pace that still manages to remain almost blisteringly heavy.
The snarling aural assault of ‘The Mountain’ layers on more stoner grooves and bounce, while ‘Vultures’ crunches and hammers at a pace that threatens the stability of your neck muscles.
The album comes to a close with ‘Emerald Eyes’, which follows a more restrained pace that ensures things draw nicely to a finish.
There’s a lot to love about ‘Swallow The Sun’. Never predictable, always impressive, it’s a solid offering from a band who have found their feet and look set to ascend to greater heights very soon. Without a doubt their best release yet, this is the kind of record that deserves to send them into the stratosphere.
8 out of 10
1. Back Home
3. Call Of The Judderman
4. Star Crusher
5. Swallow The Sun
6. Esmeralda and the Doom Blues
9. Emerald Eye