..and so it begins with Brad Bliss' thunderous & marching kick driven opening riff in 'Rise Above' and vocalist Kane Stuckey's heartfelt call to the world, the recipe for a tasty escape anthem & a compelling choice for track 1 on this 10 track album from Obsidians Curse entitled 'From The Ashes'.
The following flurry of bass hits to the abdomen sets the listener up for a multitude of visits to sub genres of hardcore, metalcore & shades of electronica throughout the 38 minutes, with a sprinkling of softer rock ballad style croons, where Stuckey's cleaner vocals shimmer.
Track #4 - 'What I Would Give' is a carefully written & thought provoking piece that brims with emotional lyrics from Stuckey, reminiscent of Brent Smith from Floridian hard rockers Shinedown.
Jason Hamilton's synth contributions paint the scenes for the tracks 'Speed of Light', 'Way Home', 'Fallen Two' & 'I am Human'. With a shredding hardcore pumper of a riff taking over in 'I am Human', it just proves that string section Richard McLoughlin & Jason Parker are no strangers to finding & producing the precise chemistry & dynamics needed to pull off such an arrangement. There were plenty of top shelf songs to choose from, but 'I am Human' is my pick as the best track on the album.
The production of 'From the Ashes' is nothing short of excellent, hats off to Thomas Wilson at BadAnimal Productions in the OC boys' home town of Mount Gambier SA, a stellar effort that truly represents the talents of this refreshing metal act.
A welcome addition to your heavy playlists, Obsidians Curse - From The Ashes is available online now: