Believer – Sanity Obscure (1990)
Bordering on death/thrash, Believer’s second album was a real heavy-hitter!
Technical but still infused with riffs that crushed as well as confused, Sanity Obscure may well have been an ‘obscure’ album but it was also a minor classic….and should appeal to any fans of the wildly experimental and progressive stylings of Death, Voivod, Sadus and Atheist.
The all encompassing chaos throughout Sanity Obscure‘s 8 furious tracks was punctuated by dissonant riffs, unpredictable stop-start rhythms and arrangements so complicated they must have been a bugger to perform live!
Without sacrificing that all important moshability, Sanity Obscure impressed most with it’s sheer unconformity, accomplished musicianship and tortured vocals courtesy of vocalist/guitarist Kurt Bachman.
Believer’s cover of U2’s “Like A Song” may have been a slight mis-step but when balanced with the exquisite and completely bonkers “Dies Irae (Day of Wrath)“, the relentless “Stop The Madness” and the progressive masterpiece of the title track itself, Sanity Obscure should be considered nothing less than an utter thrash triumph!