Continuing in the label’s tradition of reissuing obscure metal gems extracted from the Eastern European underground of the 1980s and 1990s, Nuclear War Now! is proud to announce the vinyl LP release of Oberon’s “Течен метал (Techen Metal/Liquid Metal),” a fourteen-song collection of demo and rehearsal tracks recorded between 1991 and 1993. Oberon (ОБЕРЪН) was a short-lived trio from the slums of Sofia City, Bulgaria, whose style of black metal was in part influenced by their European ancestors in bands like Venom and Sodom. At the same time, their music was also thematically inspired by the atrocious conditions of life in the post-Communist ghettos of their homeland. Comprised of Svetlyo "Thrash" (sinister bass and screams), Ivo "Snake" (chainsaw and axe), and Simo "It" (iron thunder from hell), Oberon’s output was characterized by the desperation of its historical and political context as well as the teenage aggression of its members. The first four songs presented on this release are studio recordings from late 1993, which represent the band at its evil zenith, prior to its imminent dissolution. The fifth track, “Измамник,” is the earliest pre-Oberon recording from 1991, when the band went by its original moniker of Стомана (Steel). The remaining nine tracks were recorded at a rehearsal in a community center in March of 1993. Whereas certain songs, such as “Деца на дявола (Devil’s Children),” demonstrate the more conventional, thrash-oriented influence of the previously-mentioned Sodom, others are much more primitive and unorthodox and are actually somehow more reminiscent of the unique Colombian sound developed by the likes of Parabellum, Reencarnación, and Blasfemia in the late 1980s. In an effort to remain consistent with the spirit and aesthetics of the band, the cover art on this reissue is the very same goat/demon visage pencil-drawing that adorned the original cassette demo, which perfectly reflects the evil austerity of the music itself. As a result, this reissue highlights and once again makes available an artifact of Eastern European metal history that must not be forgotten.
- C. Conrad
released December 15, 2017
Oberon - "Liquid metal" demo 1993
1. Devil's children
2. Hell awaits you
3. Liquid metal
4. Guts of death
6. Tiara (intro)
8. Liquid metal
9. Philosophy of the serial killer
10. The nine circles of hell
11. Severed head
12. Guts of death
14. Devil's children
Svetlyo "Thrash" - sinister bass and screams
Ivo "Snake" - chainsaw and axe
Simo "It" - iron thunder from hell
Tracks 1-4: Recorded in "Graffitti" studio during October-November 1993.
Track 5: Recorded in "RTM" studio on 23.11.1991 with the previous band monicker - Стомана (Steel).
Tracks 6-14: Taken from the "Деветте кръга на ада" (The nine circles of hell) unreleased rehearsal, recorded March 1993 in community center "Пламък" (Flame).
All tracks restored and mastered in 2016 by Alexander Ivanov.