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Now Hear This: Obsidian Kingdom | Meat Machine

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THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Obsidian Kingdom is devoted to exploring the boundaries of rock music. The Barcelonian band defies classification to this very day, drawing equally on progressive rock, post-metal, alternative and electronic music. However hard to pigeonhole, it remains consistent with delivering exciting content that never fails to surprise its audience.

Forever on a restless journey to find its true identity, the quintet has been dubbed “the masters of every genre” by the media. Featuring a heavy and intense sound with plenty of contrast, its main features are the ability to portray a wide range of emotions through the use of multiple sonic resources, a deep interest in aesthetics and the sombre quality of the lyrical topics.

After a four-year silence, Obsidian Kingdom is back with Meat Machine, a frantic attempt at self-discovery through a head-first plunge into the anxiety derived from sexual frustration, the absurd of reality and the inherent cruelty of a mechanized world. This demanding album features an abrasive and overwhelming sound, and entails an emotional rollercoaster that is bound to leave its passenger excited, confused and awe-struck.

A rough drop into a nightmarish world of forbidden desires, frustrated sexual urges and the dark realms of the subconscious mind, Obsidian Kingdom’s distressing new observation offers a violent and nihilistic depiction of the universe, abject and stentorian like a love letter from a school shooter.

This third release sees the band reaching new peaks of aggression, while retaining the versatility that made their debut famous. Crushing industrial rhythms and biting guitar arrangements intertwine with funky beats and disco synths, generating a turbulent ambience that leaves the listener wondering whether to start dancing or go postal.

A pummeling sound pervades the whole album, bringing together topics as diverse as the appetite for death, the acknowledgement of one’s most twisted impulses, and the impact that imagining the world has on its materialization. Meat Machine conveys all of these themes through raw emotional communication that often feels like a kick to the gut.”