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Review: Heiden - Obsidian

Label: Naga Productions
Year released: 2009
Duration: 40:09
Tracks: 8
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 3/5

Review online: October 3, 2009
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating

Rated 3.57/5 (71.43%) (7 Votes)

Solid if unspectacular. I get a lot of mileage out of that phrase and Heiden present me with the perfect opportunity to use it again, this time to describe their latest release Obsidian. 8 tracks of pitch blackness is what is served up on Obsidian, all done in a style even a neophyte Black Metal fan such as myself has heard many times before. Low, growled vocals sung over mainly mid-paced, crushing riffs. Heiden occasionally dial it down to a dirge or up to some hyper speed blast beats, but mainly keep it right down the middle.

The problem with Obsidian is there isn't much in the way of hooks. Nothing really grabbed me despite repeated listens. It's all very well played and the band projects the right amount of conviction, but nothing made me stop and take notice or say "hey, I need to hear that again." This is the kind of music that sounds great in between sets at a show when you are elbowing the drunks at the bar to try and get a beer. When the lights go down, however, I'd want to hear something else.

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