The Verdict: Most metalheads will live comfortably without Obłęd. For black metal fanatics, however, the record will feel like a long, lost friend.
Outliar - Provoked to Anger (2012)
By utilizing a hearty helping of modern rock and metal, North Carolina's Outliar present an interesting case in the music world with a blend of chunky, grooving riffs. The biggest draw, Nickelback-like vocals, trade off with harsher graveling to create a contrast few bands have attempted for fear of alienating popularity. For this four-piece, however, the style mix works remarkably well and their first full-length, Provoked to Anger, demonstrates an attentiveness to writing, with a focus on smooth transitioning between verse/chorus sections. Neat artwork seals the deal.
The Verdict: High marks for something different, but there is the lingering thought that following records will crush Provoked to Anger. Take note of "Coffin Text."