Thrash is about playing as fast as you can and bold statements, and speed demon thrash metal band Obscure Oracle takes that to heart. Each of the four songs that are laid out before you on their new EP titled In Death We Trust are played with a burning intensity and looking at the cover art one can assume that there is a little bit of a political side to this release. If that was your assumption then you would be spot on. Evolving from a hybrid thrashing death machine, Obscure Oracle is a full blown thrash band that takes no prisoners.
As far as thrash goes, you want it to be played fast and loud and with Obscure Oracle that is exactly what you get. Right out of the gate you get hit with a barrage of riffs and chaotic drumming. You don’t really ever recover from that initial hit either because the entire EP is filled with skin flaying metal. Once you get knocked down there is no getting back up.
Obscure Oracle doesn’t substitute speed for anything. In fact they add more and more speed to each song as the release progresses. It’s like they found the fastest thrash they could find and tried to outplay it. Cranking it up to eleven wasn’t high enough for these thrash wielders as they crank it up well beyond twelve.
From the first riff on you can tell that you are in for a ride and you can tell that you may or may not leave this release with all of your brain cells intact as your brain will be smashing against your skull as you headbang with a feverish intensity. There just isn’t anything that you can do to stop the madness from infecting your brain with a thrash parasite.
Once this EP spins once you will want to keep listening and thrashing about like a lunatic in a madhouse. One listen isn’t enough, and the seventeen minute release isn’t long enough to curb your thrash addiction so you keep spinning the release over and over again to get your thrash fix.
Riff wizardry takes place in In Death We Trust as Obscure Oracle slings cutting riff after cutting riff at your jugular as the drums pick away at your inner ear and the bass is a thick and solid force. The vocals supplied are screamed at you from every angle and reaches every anarchist within a several mile radius.
In Death We Trust is fiery and demands more and more listens out of you. This EP makes you want it to be a full length and even with is short run time you get a ton of fun and enjoyment out of it. It is something to crank in your car and scare the neighbors with and overall just have a good o’l brain smashing good time.