Darkness, destruction and pure death is what you get when listening to Engulfed in Obscurity, and for nine straight tracks you get pummeled into the damp earth with no remorse. Engulfed plays an entirely sinister brand of death metal and right after the two minute intro into the record you get blasted by eight deadly and twisted tunes. Each of these songs is fairly long in length with quite a few of them clocking in at over the five and six minute mark which gives Engulfed plenty of time to mutilate you and melt your face clean off of your skull.
Each of these songs that are on this record are just as barbaric and deadly as the last and once you end up pressing play you become trapped in a swirling tornado of death and chaos. Engulfed does a great job of rolling song after song to pulverize you as there is no fluff within this record to give you any sort of breather. And as mentioned before these songs are pretty lengthy which means you are trapped in a death filled madhouse for longer than you realize. There is nothing on this record that compromises the pure and sickening death metal sound that Engulfed plays as their sound is pure and true death metal in a raw and twisted form.
From song to song you end up getting shredded by gnarled riffs that are coupled with rumbling bass lines, bone cracking drumming and blood curdling unearthly growls. With a tight production to neatly knit this chaos together you end up getting a head severing listen that is wholly unforgiving and barbaric. There isn’t a moment while listening to this record where you don’t want to headbang until the point of brain damage. Each song is anvil heavy and ultimately mutilating and before you know it you feel as though you have been fed to a circular saw.
Engulfed in Obscurity is a rumbling death machine that seems to be only out for blood and will decimate anyone who opposes it. This release is powerful and menacing and does its very best to lay you to rest. This record is a solid mass of twisting, sharp and poisonous death metal that deserves to be played at the highest of volumes and it gets you headbanging with ease until your neck snaps and your head rolls right off of your shoulders.
Overall, Engulfed in Obscurity is a monolithic death metal record that bursts speakers and lacerates ear drums in the best of ways. Not only is this release towering in run time but towering and savage in sound as well. This record is raw and punishing and will please the ears of all of the death merchants out there.