Thursday, June 30, 2011

OBSESSOR - Obsession EP review

OBSESSOR - Obsession EP
Genre: Crossover
Rating: 4/5

Brandon "The Obsessor" Ferrell is probably the most widely known individual in the underground music scene of Richmond, Virginia. Well according to my friend, Big Jon, he is since Brandon runs the punk rock label No Way Records as well as Vinyl Conflict Record Store. More so he's been in such notable bands like DIRECT CONTROL, GOVERNMENT WARNING, WASTED TIME as well as MUNICIPAL WASTE. Now Brandon is following in the same footsteps as Joel Grind from TOXIC HOLOCAUST. His latest endeavor is OBSESSOR a one man crossover/punk machine. Obsession is just two short but raw sounding cuts which definitely remind me of that short period in time during the late 80s when hardcore was just getting slightly metallic. Of course the term is "crossover" but I'm not talking about when the major labels went on a feeding frenzy of US band signings. The music Brandon is making sounds like the cool underground stuff from late 80's England as well as other parts of the world. This is just a taste of what's to come in the near future. Hmmm, a neo-crossover revival? Bring it on! I still have all the cassettes from my tape trading days.


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