The Eye Obscene
Label: KEMADO RECORDS INC
Though they claim to be inspired by speed metal's early giants and flaunt the negative production values to prove it, these Oakland, California throwbacks rarely keep their tempos fast for long -- not even in the drum-rolled "God's End," which enters whiplashing like 1983 Metallica. But they can stomp. "The Eye Obscene" and instrumental "Earth's Possession and Death's Procession" are seven-minute wonders of moon-cave ooze; "To the Grave Possessed" tops hearty '70s rock riffs with a manly chorus. Then "Walk to the Light" finishes it all by scaling Power Metal Mountain.