Obsessive Compulsive – ‘Dreams Of Death And The Death Of Dreams’ (Vociferous Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Matt Phelps   
Sunday, 25 April 2010 06:00

Obsessive_Compulsive_DreamsObsessive Compulsive have been busily plying their dark edged, punk-souled brand of alternative rock since their inception back in 2003. Having already wheeled out two well received EPs, 'A Demon For Every Occasion' in 2004, and 'The Corpses Of Thought' in 2007, the Ob-Com Crew are gearing up to start swinging their way into 2010 with the imminent release of the clenched fist ferocity contained within their long awaited debut album, 'Dreams Of Death And The Death Of Dreams'.
For the past seven years Obsessive Compulsive have been successfully navigating their own self plotted course through the treacherous waters of the music business, guided only by their own dogged determination and D.I.Y ethics. Careful not to be swept sideways onto any rocky shores of record label interference they've even gone so far as to have recently launched their own label, Vociferous Records, in order to put out their own material free from outside influence and unwanted compromise. 'Dreams Of Death...' is set to be the first release on the label and will hopefully be followed by many more from like minded bands that are focused on staying independent and undiluted from the influence of suit and tie guys with more money than rock 'n' roll sense.
Fresh from recording this past December at Parlour Studios with Russ Russell (Napalm Death, New Model Army, The Exploited), at the controls, the Manchester four piece have built up a debut album to put many an established band to shame. Drawing from an astonishingly  wide spectrum of influences from Tori Amos to Black Flag, and stopping off to shake hands with Bjork and Danzig along the way, Obsessive Compulsive have ended up with an instantly attractive deluge of sounds pouring forth from the speakers to create a seductive pool of seething, emotionally charged, passionate rock that won't just have you dipping your toes, it'll have you diving straight in.
While hauntingly entrancing and poetic at times (see the hypnotic 'Hell Is A Circle' and the melancholic sway of 'The Decay Of Hope') the album also revels in the anger and disaffection of the modern age, with the likes of 'Spit The Medicine' and '27 1/2' twisting and spitting their way back and forth between antagonistic dislocated Pitchshifter styled beats and classic Therapy? inspired riffage courtesy of Giz's gifted guitar work. Vocalist Kelii's voice is instantly likeable and equally addictive. Nestling somewhere between the smoother airwave tones of Cerys Matthews and the more venomous spit of Donita Sparks it reels you in Siren like towards a resplendent drowning pool of sound, with fellow band mates Pete and Dani (bass and drums) filling out the background through a solid crunching rhythm section pulsing with pent up aggression. 

'A Cocktail Of Toxins' and 'Future Closing In' are both slow burners and the defiant "I may be lost but at least I'm fucking free" incendiary laden rage of 'Man Vs Machine' all get gold stars in the best in class (war) awards. Three outstanding highlights of brooding power and socially aware lyrical deliverance on an album where even the filler (if you can find it) is all killer. 


Full of anger, intensity, passion and heart-on-sleeve honesty 'Dreams Of Death And The Death Of Dreams' hits electronic shelves (and select physical ones) on May 10th, so stamp a boot shaped memo into your Rock 'n' Roll Filofax right now and say "To hell with the election, Obsessive Compulsive are getting my vote!"