Obsolete – Riven


“Why?” you ask. Why indeed. “Why is this on a website called deathmetal.org?”. Because to promote ideals, what must be avoided must also be examined. Obsolete gives us plenty of material to work with in this respect. It has the gimmicky over-emotional vocals and the string unrelated catchy and head-bob-inducing┬ásections that would not be out of place in a Coheed and Cambria record.

With the all-too-common excuse of being a progressive band, Obsolete give little thought to whether the ideas they are pasting together actually make any sense as a whole. Not only is the whole unconvincing but the individual ideas are also echoes of the past in a series of bland reincarnations of alternative rock voices. Often voicing social protest in Latin American music, this style of music is used by Obsolete to speak of plain and obvious things as if they were the most mysterious enigmas of the universe. Such is the power channeled by this music.

Riven represents the lowest common denominator for the casual music fan. By definition, there is no shortage of these, so that this album is sure to find a substantial audience ready to talk about how deep and emotional this music and its lyrics are.

The reader can help themselves to this profound music here.

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5 thoughts on “Obsolete – Riven

  1. Richard Head says:

    “… to promote ideals, what must be avoided must also be examined.”

    This is false. Examining garbage just reveals details about the garbage.

    Examining quality music provides insight into what gives the music its quality. With that in mind, you can easily detect garbage because you can tell when the aspects of quality are absent.

    It is a dark day when DMU features something that is aptly compared to Coheed and Gaymbria.

    1. It would be a dark day if DMU praised something that is aptly compared to Coheed and Cambria.

      1. Richard Head says:

        I’m saying that music like this is better ignored rather than criticized. This is really beyond constructive criticism. Hating on it might be fun for some but most of your dedicated readers here are used to passing by stuff like this without a second glance.

        1. trystero says:

          It seems to me you are confusing two issues, critical examination and aesthetic enjoyment. Poor music requires examination as David mentioned, it needs to be ignored when it comes to aesthetic pleasure. Study bad art, but dont consume bad art in a bid to be `fair`or to malign.

          Nevertheless I concede that despite appearing to be examination, an exercize like this can easily just be hating disguised.

          1. Richard Head says:

            I did not mean to say that this review was hating in disguise. I stand by my original contention which is that bad music need not be studied or examined. It is not necessary to learn how to do music wrong if you spend enough time learning how to do it right. There are a million mistakes that can be made; it’s a waste of time to pore over individual examples when there are the rare cases of success available to us for analysis.

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