Obzidian – British Thrash Metal from the Home of Metal since 2001….
Obzidian goes back to the founder’s high school days when Baz (guitars), Paul (drums) and Jeffsy (bass) formed the basis of the band in 2001. Having added a couple of further members in the formative years, by early 2005, the line-up was stripped back to just one guitarist, Baz, whilst Matty J was added as frontman and vocalist, and the band’s current groove-laden sound was conceived.In March 2007 the band signed with Casket Records and went on to release their self-titled debut in 2007 and “Damned Eternal” in 2012. They played extensively in support of these two releases building a solid reputation across the UK, sharing the stage with the likes of Sepultura, Crowbar, Il Nino and Arch Enemy.
Obzidian are: Barry Foster (guitars) | Paul Hayward (drums, vocals) | Matthew Jeffs (bass) | Matthew Jenks (lead vocals)
In 2014 they unleashed their 3rd full length offering “Concrete Psychosis” which was released on 8th September on Rocksector Records. Mark Appleton, label manager at Rocksector says “We first saw Obzidian playing live in Manchester and they immediately impressed. Later when we heard the early mixes of the album we were struck by the extraordinarily tight brutal sound which is clear, concise and immense. They’re an exciting prospect for the label and we relish the opportunity to work with them”.
2015/2016 had been a great year and has seen the band go from strength to strength and build a lot of friendships and partnerships within the local music industry. The band are currently in the studio in between live shows to write and record new material for "Obliteration Process". Live shows further afield, including mainland Europe are on the cards along with some festival slots in the coming months. Keep an eye on social media and the official website for more info.
Now in 2016, the band are finishing up work on their 4th release "Obliteration Process" due for an Autumn/Winter release and have recently signed up with Bearded Monkey Promotions. 2017 is looking to be the busiest and heaviest year to date for the Thrash Groove band from the Midlands and they are excited at the prospects that await them.
What the press say:
“A touch of Sabbathy doom and a hint of death metal violence” -Kerrang!
"A set which ends with ‘Vile’ which is probably one of their slowest numbers but still managed to entice the crowd to head bang till the end." - Get Ready To Rock (SOS Festival review)
"Easily one of my favourite releases this year." - Midlands Metalheads
"All I know is that Obzidian are brutal. It took just 3 songs for me to go mob the merch stand." - Metalmouth
Obzidian's upcoming shows
No shows booked at the moment…..keep checking back for updates!