Obskuria- Discovery of Obskuria
(World in Sound WIS 2003)

From Aural Innovations #39 (May 2008)

Wow.. .this is one hell of a CD… A mixture of blues, space rock, metal, and funk-soul. It was recorded over 4 days in the summer of 2007 in Germany when the guys from La ira de Dios met up with some of the guys from the Treacle People and Tom Brehm (Dragonwyck). Besides some really cool spacey and quite heavy at times jams, they also do covers of the Dayglo Abortions, Misfits, Beatles and Metallica, but in their own interesting and often psychedelic way. I Am My Own God (Dayglo Abortions!) starts the CD and they play it a bit slower than the original (which is a great song), but the heavy organ really adds a new dimension to this song. For Whom the Bell Tolls is next and I would have to say that I probably liked this better than the original. The band have taken the track and with the addition of the organ and a great spaced out part have really taken this song to a new place, which is what you should do if you are going to cover a classic song. Cool… I See, is one of the spacey originals and really cool stuff. The spaceness of La Ira de Dios mixed with the kraut influences from Treacle People. Perfect. Come Together by the Beatles follows and it is not as successful as the other covers. It is a blues version…Breakfast Suite is next and instrumental. The jam is not that good but it holds your attention with the focus on the piano. Gets pretty spaced out towards the end. Forbidden Look is next and quite a heavy spaced out piece. Sounds like La Ira with an organ player. Intense. Essence of it’s Own is the long 19 minute and very very cool space rock track on this CD. They really found the groove on this one! Fucking cool. Turn your Face is a pretty average psychedelic blues jam. The title track is next and is 12 minutes long and features a heavy guitar from La Ira main man, Miguel, and a lot of organ jamming as well. Space rock jamming…. Next is a Misfits cover, Die Die my Darling, with trading vocals between Miguel and guest female vocalist Kristin Shey. The short soul-funk track, the World is Gone, ends the CD. Really cool track. The band will record another CD when La Ira de Dios returns to Europe in the summer of 2008.

Check out the record label web site at: http://www.worldinsound.com
Check out the band web site at: http://www.obskuria.com/

Reviewed by Scott Heller

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