[25 October 2013]
Doom-metal maestros Obelyskkh are here to rock your world, or if not to rock it exactly, then at least to melt it into a puddle of steaming, acidic sludge. Listeners who find that image appealing will want to check out Hymn to Pan, an appropriately pagan-themed slow-burn of a record that wastes little time grinding its way to the core of one’s soul (assuming one has a soul, which is an open question at this point). Outstanding 10-minute lead track “Hymn to Pan” sets the tone with its air of menace and layers of molten, slow-moving distortion, but Obelyskkh are not simply repetitive chord-bashers; they spice up their sounds with unexpected bits of keyboard and spaced-out interludes.
Standout track “The Ravens” sees a tempo shift into something verging on the upbeat—that being a relative term, of course—while the epic closing track “Revelation: The Will to Nothingness” sees fit to stretch on for more than 23 minutes of oozing doom, with occasional interludes of string-bending and keyboard noodling. This is a strong album overall, and it’s recommended for listeners in search of a soundtrack to the pagan apocalypse.