Obtest


Obtest
Baalberith (Vocals), Enrikas Slavinskis (Guitar ex-Fata Morgana (LTU), ex-Stone's Lament, Soul Stealer, Loosers, Crossroad, Degradatonia), Artur Gusev (aka Demonas) (Bass ex-Zalvarinis, Burying Place), Evaldas Babenskas (aka Sadlave) (Guitar ex-Burying Place, Fanarai, Eyetofuk, Abhor (LTU), Anubi, Agyria, Trolis, Notanga), Insmuth (Drums), Bestial (Drums ex-Misopsychia, Dissonance(LTU), Anubi), Edvardas (Bass ex-Andaja, ex-Ugnëlakis, Eudine Seythe)

The group was established in 1992, and ever since has been looking for new ways to express their ideas, despite current trends and opinions of others.

Started with a rough metal music in the early days, going through very heathenish and folklore inspired creation later on, and arriving to a much more personal and more genres involved composing, today. Lyrics, written entirely in native Lithuanian, deal with heathen, historical and mythological themes, combining them with personal experiences, feelings as well as view of the world. The group 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.

They have also built a strong fan base in many of these countries and not only: heathen music admirers in both Americas, Australia, Singapore, Japan, Russia constantly express their sympathies commenting the records, thanking for the music, and hoping to see the band perform in their countries one day as well. 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. .

Lithuanian pagan metal


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