Obscene Beings is located in Texas and has so far played two shows in Dallas and Denton while also releasing their very first EP Penumbra. For a first effort, it’s a truly impressive and showcases their raw potential. This first release was recorded, mixed and mastered in Brenden Owen’s house using pro tools 12, a focusrite scarlet 2i2 and 2 microphones. This EP was recorded over the course of five days, but it sounds far more intricate than most albums crammed into the space of a working week.
The eight-track EP opens with “Shadow.” As the title suggests, this opener is dark, ominous and shrouded in twisted sounds. A reverberating synth dances in the background behind a punchy, concise drum beat and a crunchy, biting guitar riff. It is the Tools/Incubus-esque vocals, portraying raw power and energy which gripped me on this track, however. They carry above all the electrifying, dark, dissonant noise as they wail that “Maybe this is all a dream.” The outro was also a particularly head-bang-worthy moment as the guitar descended into rhythmic chaos and explosive drumming.
“Semblance of Order” opens with a bass rhythm and a distorted guitar arpeggio dancing up and down the fretboard. It’s slow-paced, but addictively catchy and still packed full of the raw energy the opener boasted. The song is entirely instrumental, but there isn’t a single moment of filler, as it’s packed full of instrumental diversity. Funky, infectious bass riffs give way to screeching, electrifying guitar solos and brutal, full-frontal blasts of power chords. This is rock n’ roll at its finest, but it doesn’t overuse tired, worn-out clichés of the genre. It does something interesting with its influences, and I appreciate that in an independent band.
“Stutter” was a surprising change of pace. A stuttering synth chord progression warbles above a slow, straightforward hip hop beat and buzzing, meaty synth bass. It’s all very The Doors-esque, but it has a funky, joyous, young flavor. The vocals return on this little track and they’re in full force. This time, the vocalist is far more emotive.
This track is another testament to the eclectic tastes of this band which does not seem to be phased by the challenge of tackling any genre or any sound within their music.
I’d be very interested to see what Obscene Beings could achieve in the future as they progress onward as a band and as individuals.
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