Barrows released their album Obsidion on May 26, 2017. The Los Angeles based band recently toured promoting this new album all over the U.S. This instrumental album is said reach into the depths of consciousness – and let me tell you, it sure as hell does just that.
Each track on Obsidion is going to present you with a different sound. The first track, “Telekin”, opens the album up with a creepy vibe – it definitely had chills running up and down my spine for a second when what sounds like a scream filled the air. “Entrada” reminds me of a more retro sound, enticing foot tapping and side to side head movement. “Obsidion”, the track sharing the album name, presents another eerie sound to start (is that a heavy liquid sound? Maybe the sound of blood moving? Are my ears playing tricks on me?) before slow drums kick in to bring you back to reality and your thoughts back from the worst. “Cocoon” presents another frightening sound of liquid moving, accompanied by a piano or keyboard sound – a beautiful sound, when used correctly, can enhance fright by making it beautiful. “Zenith”, the track wrapping up the album, ends your journey with more guitars and slow drumwork, a slow melody – the perfect way to wrap Obsidion up.
Obsidion is not an album for the faint of heart – this album is creepy and in its creepiness, it is glorious. For music alone to make your hair stand on end, the musicians have to be talented and able to manipulate thoughts with their sound alone. Barrows has accomplished that in one fell swoop. I know I’ve said before that I was never the biggest fan of instrumentals, but dammit, if we keep receiving albums such as this to listen to and review, I may just become a convert.
Jim Leonard, Richy Epolito
Ryo Higuchi (Live Guitar)
Brock Haltiwanger (Live Bass)
Bloodrock Rating: 5.0 out of 5.0 axes
Written by Har-Lena Quinn for Bloodrock Media on July 2, 2017
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