Rounding out the second full week of tournament play, death metal veterans Obituary go up against relative newcomers, the upstartish sludge metal of Baroness. Obituary's "Darkest Day" is a solid album with infectiously nod-inspiring riffs, sounding at times like Coroner or Pestilence or other blasts from the past. This album is a bit of a grower, a good middle-of-the-road piece of work that delivers exactly what you'd expect it to deliver.
Which is what helps make Baroness' response so devastating. While initially hard to get a read on, "Blue Record" was an absolute grower. Catchy and energetic as hell, and sounding at times like the Jesus Lizard, Mastodon, and Fleet Foxes, this album sounds like a new kind of metal/rock/swamp sludge... and it works. Baroness wins, and moves on to the next round!
That's it for this week. The Arsies resume on Monday, with prog metal competing against a cartoon.