Psycroptic
Ob(Servant)


3.5
great

Review

by Anthracks USER (14 Reviews)
November 14th, 2008 | 35 replies | 11,355 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Roo Ridin’ Death Metal titans release their most consistent effort yet.

6 of 7 thought this review was well written

Psycroptic is widely considered one of the premier bands in the Technical Death Metal scene. In fact, their sophomore effort, The Scepter of the Ancients, is hailed by many as a Death Metal essential. However let us start off on the right foot; Ob(Servant) is not another Scepter. By this I do not mean the album lacks in quality, be assured there is plenty.

Stylistically Ob(Servant) is closest to it’s immediate predecessor. The riffs rely much less on inhumanly fast picking than previous albums; where the further you go back in their catalogue, the more prominent this style becomes. Let’s get the negatives out of the way…there are a couple noticeable detractors from the music, the most obvious being the ambient moments/industrial sampling. There are a few moments on the album (usually at the very end or very beginning of a song) where there is roughly one minute of ambience. While these do provide nice a nice halt from the breakneck pace of the album, they seem unnecessary.

Less noticeably, there are rare instances in which guitarist Joe Haley lays down very slow, chordy riffs, reminiscent of those you are likely to hear during Arena Rock verses. Not only does this damage the pacing of the album, but normally when such “riffs” are applied to music, something interesting is happening with the vocals, or another instrument, and that just isn’t the case here.

One of the biggest complaints I kept hearing about Symbols of Failure was that vocalist Jason Peppiatt more or less never shut his mouth throughout the entire album. Individuals who felt this way will be relieved to know that his presence is slightly less perpetual on this album. There is also a substantial decrease in the amount of lyrics; which it is important to note that Psycroptic lyrics are not your run-of-the-mill Death Metal lyrics. They are mostly philosophical and are actually pretty good (drummer Dave Haley writes them). Back to the vocals, Peppiatt’s screams certainly aren’t the most brutal ever, which might serve as a turn-off to some of you hipsters out there. The man is not a groundbreaking vocalist like Chalky, but he surely doesn’t detract from the music.

As for guitarist and main songwriter, Joe Haley gives his all-around best performance on Ob(Servant); where there are less really great riffs on the album, (one being the one at 4:38 in Slaves of Nil) there is more consistency with the riffs, and slightly less variation. Haley tends to stay on riffs for longer periods of time on this album (and actually returns to some of them) as opposed to the frenetic riff-changing that Psycroptic fans are accustomed to. This does add a sense of completion to the songs and makes them feel more…songy.

Dave Haley, brother of Joe Haley, relies much less on blastbeats than most Death Metal drummers out there, which unfortunately is a discerning quality. Obviously this alone doesn’t make him a great drummer, but it’s more than common knowledge to anyone familiar to anyone familiar with the band that he plays well. It’s safe to say he gives just a good performance on this album as any.

Overall Ob(Servant) is a very good effort from one of the forerunners of Technical Death Metal. There aren’t necessarily any standout tracks like their previous records have, but this could be due to the consistency of the record. Here are my favorite tracks from the album however:

Ob(Servant)
Slaves of Nil
The Shifting Equilibrium



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Anthracks
November 14th 2008



3670 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

My first review of anything ever, so constructive criticism would be greatly appreciated.

DBlitz
November 14th 2008



1690 Comments


I dunno, this album might need to grow on me or something, I agree about the ambiance/industrial minute long stuff, also last time I listened to this I remember wearing the same little wanky riff or a very slight variation of it in every song. Maybe I don't like it because its not Scepter

Review is good, some errors, I think there should be a space after the "..." and the bass "paragraph" seems very unnecessary, you could try to incorporate that into another paragraph or just get rid of it altogether. Also should've made a new paragraph for the list of favourite songs. Every time you mention a genre is it supposed to be capitalized? idk, don't think I see it often.

badtaste
November 14th 2008



824 Comments


Welcome to the site, pretty nice first review.

What DBlitz has offered is spot on.

rasputin
November 15th 2008



14520 Comments


I want to hear this to see if it's worth seeing them when they play here next month.

charlesfishowitz
November 15th 2008



1794 Comments


yeah me too

Zoo
November 15th 2008



3759 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This album was decent but sub par compared to their past works.

jingledeath
November 15th 2008



7104 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

the album is okay.the vocals on the previous albums were 10 times better.Slaves of Nil is definitely my favorite track off the album.

Wizard
November 15th 2008



19248 Comments


Let’s get the negatives out of the way…there are a couple noticeable detractors from the music, the most obvious being the ambient moments/industrial sampling.


Best moments on this album dude. I think you have this backwards though hahahaha jk. This is simply just generic, wank crap. Good first review. I've seen you around this site for awhile now.



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AvictimOfSociety
November 15th 2008



71 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Listening to this at the moment. So far I'm really enjoying it. He does seem to have a hardcore type voice almost.

needledeathpunk
November 15th 2008



44 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah on this one he does, the older stuff is a lot more to the brutal side.

ThyCrossAwaits
December 29th 2008



3048 Comments


^true. this is technically better but Epoch of the Gods pwns anything here.

Dethtrasher
February 7th 2009



2211 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Kickass album but the vocals are quite annoying at times.

jingledeath
February 7th 2009



7104 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

vocals ruin it, everything else is fine.

FenixZero
March 30th 2009



382 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I thought this was one of the best albums of 2008 even though it came out towards the end. I like the harsh array of vocals he displays throughout the songs. Compared to a lot of metal you can understand the majority of it even though its a lot screaming.

ssgongon7
April 6th 2009



98 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This is a nice album, but way too long.

nevertoolate
May 21st 2009



79 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Excellent review. This is a very solid album, drumming is awesome but the vox take a while to enjoy.

Supernaut456
July 12th 2009



7 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I think this album is growing on me........so I definitely gotta get their previous two cds

InHumanForm
September 23rd 2009



316 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

these vocals...there really irritating.

Vano
December 22nd 2009



94 Comments


The vocals suck..sure..but how about those triggers! They make my teeth grind

Zadok
April 2nd 2010



5 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

One of the best albums ever. THE technical death metal album.



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