As the newest recordings prove, it was still not the end for their lookout of the optimal combination in Metal, and hell knows if there is gonna be the end as we know it at all. Recently OBTEST sound has gone even more purified and closer to traditional Heavy Metal than ever before, not forgetting about the fast intense riffing and thundering rhythmics. Lyrically the band was always very loyal to Heathen, historical, war and mythological themes, in spite of the musical changes. According to them, the concept is the running force for any devoted band – when you have a clear vision, sooner or later it materializes into something greater, music in this case. Written and sung in native Lithuanian, lyrical part of the band is always translated internationally, as OBTEST consider it very important for others to know what they are signing about. A very important characteristic: the band refuses to use any other musical means to perceive the Heathen ideas, except a standard Metal resources: vocals, guitar, bass and drums. For 15 years now OBTEST is a fully charged live band too – that must be enough when speaking about the whirlwind they create during their shows.
And far from only locally: OBTEST has taken part in three European tours as well as many local and foreign open air and indoors festivals in entire European continent and USA, performing along with other great collectives of the similar kind, shattering the stages of Germany, France, United Kingdom, Ireland, Portugal, Finland, Netherlands, Slovenia, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Belorussia, Russia, USA, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Year 2007 has begun on a very high note – for the first time Lithuanian metal band has visited USA and performed at a famous pagan music festival “Heathen Crusade” in Minnesota, as well playing a unique gig at an Indian reservation in South Dakota. In April OBTEST have started recordings of their new album in a notorious Hertz studio, Poland, and even if this work on new songs has taken much more time than expected, “Gyvybės Medis” opus was finally unleashed in April 2008, debuting for notorious OSMOSE Productions. Meanwhile in summer 2007 OBTEST, with a massive fan support, have been carrying Lithuanian flag at few important open air festivals at home and abroad: “Kilkim Žaibu” near Joniškis, Lithuania and “Hard Rock Laager” in Estonia in June, as well as prestigious “Roko Naktys” near Plateliai, Lithuania [5000 visitors] and “Brutal Assault” in Czechia [10000 visitors from all over the world] in August. Late 2008 and 2009 showcased the band furthering their live routes to “Cernunos” pagan music festival in Paris, France, prestigious “Devilstone” festival in Lithuania, “Rock For Roots” festival in Eastern part of Germany, “Perunica” festival in Slovakia as well as single performances in Moscow, Russia and Minsk, Belarus.
OBTEST have also contributed on a punk/hardcore compilation album “We Don't Give A Fuck”, released by Kuravilu Productions in Chile, with a cover of seminal Lithuanian band Sa-Sa. Both Baalberith and Sadlave also appeared on the recent full-length of Russian heathen metallers Arkona, with a guest vocal contribution to a song called Na Moey Zemle. Diskografie : * Oldness Comming Demo (1995) * Live at Poltergeist VHS (1995) * Prieš audrą Demo (1995) * Tūkstantmetis MC (1997), CD (1999), LP (2003) * 9 9 7 EP (1998) * Prisiek Picture-EP (2001) * Auka seniems dievams LP/CD (2001), MC (2002) * Dvylika JuodVarnių Picture-EP (2003) * Tėvynei Video-CD (2004) * Iš kartos į kartą LP/CD (2005) * Prieš audrą Mini-LP (2006) * Gyvybės medis LP/CD (2008) Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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