Obscenity: Demo-Niac

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Obscenity: Demo-Niac
Death Metal
Morbid Records
1999
Release length: 50:10
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Oh the wonders of the internet. You can find anything if you really put your mind to it, including CDs for less then one dollar (US currency) including shipping! That’s how this CD happened to find it’s way here for a review. Obscenity released a special compilation of their two demo releases in celebration of 10 years as a band. This CD, called Demo-Niac, is a great piece of history for those curious individuals who want to hear what the band started out like.

While this album is a compulation of their two demos from 1992 and 1993, it appears that the release is still missing one song, which is the track “Fatal Curiosity” off the 1992 demo Age Of Brutality. At least that’s what the track listing says on the back of the case. That track is actually grouped in with “Portal To Obscenity”, so do not be mislead, both demos are here and complete. However, for some reason Demo-Niac starts with the 1993 demo, Amputated Souls, and the music is exactly what you would expect it to be: A dominantly death metal release with thrash-esque moments, which was very abundant back in the days the demos were released. “Embryonic Execution” starts off with an out of place intro with a woman humming, which may lead listeners to expect something different then what is on this release.

The music does vary between songs, but not really by much. “Embryonic Execution” is a pretty heavy song with gutteral vocals, “Amputated Souls” slows things down a bit and has a nice, but very short, guitar solo. But, by the time you hit “Mental Death”, you’ll notice that it sounds similar, musically, to “Embryonic Execution”, except for the addition of higher pitched screams in the background over gutteral, and a nice guitar progression. Those are the stand out tracks on that demo, and it seems that the songs seem to just sound like one another after “Amputated Souls”, and the outro on “Prophecy” is the intro that started the album off. It’s also kind of funny when you think about it, because those two little aspects sound the best on the whole recording.

So we made it through the first demo, which wasn’t bad at the state. “Portal To Obscenity” kicks off the second half of the CD with the 1992 demo Age Of Brutality. The introduction of the song sounds like something WWE’s Undertaker would use as an entrance theme. It cuts right into the song “Fatal Curiosity”, and it’s clear why they kept they put the 1993 demo first. In comparison to the music from the Amputated Souls demo, this demo blows it away. The music is heavier, faster, and just sounds more tenacious. The drums, especially sound much clearer and it really helps out with the music. “Age Of Brutality” for example seems to have more emphasis on the drumming as well. The only real downfall is the overmodulation of the bass on this demo, which is only really noticable on that track. These stand out the most on this release, especially “Portal To Obscenity” and “Corrupted Minds”, and don’t sound like one another, unlike on the Age Of Brutality demo.

It’s sad to hear a band seem to progress backwards. Amputated Souls was a great demo compared to Age Of Brutality, but that’s what we have here. The latter of this release is spectacular with a very heavy sound, whereas the first half just sounds like a typical death metal release for that time, and sadly sounds repetative. As stated earlier, this release would make fans of the band happy, to hear how the band “evolved”, or in this case seemed to “unevolve” over the time span of a year. The last four tracks are definitely worth a listen, and well for one dollar (US funds), maybe a little more, but aside that, this one’s not too much of a priority for any metal head.

01. Embryonic Execution – 6:37
02. Amputated Souls – 4:14
03. Mental Death – 4:50
04. Para-Dies – 5:26
05. Gene-Utopia – 4:19
06. Prophecy – 2:23
07. Portal To Obscenity – 7:51
08. Age Of Brutality – 4:20
09. Utter Disgust – 5:19
10. Corrupted Minds – 4:51
Initial Pressing Score: 4/10

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Physical review copy of this release provided by personal funds.