XIII Minutes – “Obsessed”

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Apr 042019
 

The tragic tale of Cain and Abel is vividly told on XIII Minutes’ “Sibling Rivalry”, off their April 5th debut release, “Obsessed”. It’s a modern sound that reminds me of Soilwork, a great melodeath band from Gothenburg, Sweden. Prepare yourself for an aural onslaught, as the band are quick out the gates on “Victim-Less”. A dual vocal attack is sometimes a gamble in this genre, but here it works well. Mike Rowley does well to pull off both the growl in the verses, as well as singing in the choruses. The guitars are gravelly and aggressive, and the overall impression is of precision. The bass rattles in the middle of the mix, and I’m impressed by its presence. Wait a minute! The bio lists Aaron Smith on guitars – no mention of bass. Is it that he plays all the guitars (incl. bass guitar), or are they like alt rockers The Early Years who ditched the bass altogether?

An off-kilter “Self Portrait” is a nod to the peculiar Mr. Bungle, and here it sounds like they double-tracked Michael Rowley’s deep growl, the bottom register an ominous presence on this track. In their biography, they make mention of several dichotomies that include darkness/light, evil/good and sin/redemption. The voice embodies these opposites very effectively. The title track is killer. The guitar is strident, and Jamie Kucinski’s drumming injects the song with manic energy. Ah, and now there is no question! The bass is definitely present and accounted for. So, another question. With one vocalist, how do they do the trading off of screams in the climax? In my view, it’s testament to quality production work in the studio. Continue reading »

Apr 022019
 

The long awaited blazing collection of XIII Minutes’ modern metal/rock hits, will be released on April 5th, 2019 via Rottweiller Records. This cd is is all killer, no filler. – The official album teaser can be streamed below.

The first single ‘Obsessed’ was released on 16 feb. 2018, watch the lyric video below. Vocalist Michael Rowley commented:

“I believe that ‘Obsessed’ – the song and the video – show the growth of this band on a sonic and visual level. This song has also been a great hit live, always spurring our audience to join into what makes a live show memorable: singing the chorus, “I’m Obsessed.” It makes me smile each and every time.”

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Mar 142019
 

The long awaited blazing collection of XIII Minutes’ modern metal/rock hits, will be released on April 5th, 2019 via Rottweiller Records. This cd is is all killer, no filler.

Check out the lyric video for ‘Obsessed’ below, which was released 16 feb. 2018 Vocalist Michael Rowley commented:

“I believe that ‘Obsessed’ – the song and the video – show the growth of this band on a sonic and visual level. This song has also been a great hit live, always spurring our audience to join into what makes a live show memorable: singing the chorus, “I’m Obsessed.” It makes me smile each and every time.”

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Feb 172018
 

Tulsa, OK metal band XIII Minutes have released a lyric video for their track ‘Obsessed’ the track comes of their latest digital ep “Obsessed & Fragile”. The video can be seen below.

Vocalist Michael Rowley told HM magazine:

“Wow. One year with Rottweiler Records. So many great things have transpired for this band as a direct result of our partnership, and we couldn’t be happier to call them home. I believe that ‘Obsessed’ – the song and the video – show the growth of this band on a sonic and visual level. This song has also been a great hit live, always spurring our audience to join into what makes a live show memorable: singing the chorus, “I’m Obsessed.” It makes me smile each and every time.”

“We have ONE final To-Do on our list before our full length drops mid year. You get ONE MORE Digital 45 release. The art is amazing and we might just surprise you a little with the songs.” Continue reading »

Oct 072017
 

Tulsa, OK metal band Thirteen Minutes is proud the premiere of the lyric video for ‘Machaira’ the track comes of their new digital ep and can be seen below.

Thirteen, this number conjures up several images depending on who is observing it. Every thirteen minutes, one American will take their own life. Every thirteen minutes, someone in America dies in a motor vehicle accident. Every thirteen minutes, a woman dies of breast cancer and thirteen minutes is the time the warning sirens give before a tornado hits.

Insert Thirteen Minutes, the metal band from Tulsa, OK taking on the significance of thirteen in the spiritual realm. Thirteen Minutes is the time it takes every day to be spiritually fit. Thirteen is the number of great blessing. The number thirteen is the number of new life. God’s number (seven) together with man’s number (six) = Thirteen. The number thirteen is the difference of what man can do and what God can do. Continue reading »