Sometimes those are the only two words to describe an album. It means the album is intense, unforgettable, and completely mind-blowing, and while some music may fit neatly into a category or may be easy to listen to, “holy shit” music is on an entirely different level. These are the words that come to mind when describing :”Sunday’s Autopsy“, the new release from Ottawa-based metal band Obduracy. You might freaking love it, it may terrify you (a bit of both?), but either way it will blow your mind.
Released in March 2012, “Sunday’s Autopsy” is everything evil and aggressive metal should be. This is dark, otherworldly metal. The album absolutely explodes into action with the opening track “Virtue and Vice”, and the remaining tracks quickly follow suit with equally destructive and uncompromising intensity. Consistently fast-paced and full of demonic vocals and screams, the album is unapologetically heavy and shows off some insane talent. Along with some murderous vocals and riffs, each song brings untamed guitars, deep bass, and incredibly fast and pounding percussion. Honestly, does the drummer have four arms? Listen to songs like “Bellicose” and “Incinerator”, for example: you might picture an army of demons using music as a weapon, wielding drums and guitars instead of machine guns and crossbows.
There is nothing unstructured or wild about the album, however. Beneath the heavy “noise” is a multi-layered and surprisingly sophisticated collection of melodies, powerful rhythms, and roaring passion, and while it’s true that death metal isn’t for everyone, no one can argue with the technical and song-writing talents of Obduracy. Songs like “Interstate Murder Plot” have a loud and heavy exterior, but there is also a catchy and singable melody underneath that show the band’s more “easy listening” song-writing abilities. Finding these elements is easy when you actually listen. Death metal takes practice and encouragement to fully appreciate, but once you do, it’s easy to love.
Society’s love of apocalyptic fantasy and zombie-esque horror have opened the gates for heavy death/black metal, and with bands like Obduracy unleashing their sound on the world, it’s not hard to see why so many fans have converted to the dark side. Obduracy is the real deal, and with a totally unique sound and an unnaturally mind-blowing album, they take heavy metal to a whole other world.
Stream the entire album here, and check them out on Facebook. Listen to the album a few times, maybe while playing Resident Evil or something equally explosive and scary. If you’re someone who gets excited easily, get ready to say it: holy shit.