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BURIED IN OBLIVION

Into Eternity

 

Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

4.14 | 44 ratings

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AtLossForWords
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4 stars Buried in Oblivion is a release that showcases an extreme band under the influence of Dream Theater.

The first statement sums up the style of the album. This album is the Extreme Metal link to Dream Theater. Though this album is Progressive Death Metal, it takes much less influence from European bands like Opeth and Edge of Sanity, but makes up for it with the American Progressive Metal influence from bands like Dream Theater. The vocals match the current style the band is playing. The band goes from tones so heavy they could outweigh an elephant to tones that showcase the virtoso skill that Progressive Metal is known for. Fans of heavier Progressive Metal bands will find this a very interesting listen.

The vocal arrangements are quite interesting, but I would be unjust to mention anything other than the guitars first. Tim Roth and Rob Doherty are two guitarists that have some of the finest skills in Extreme Metal. The unison arpeggios and trades of solos make these guys who they are. The rythymn work is quite complex, where they show the funk-styled Dream Theater style.

Now to the vocals. A piece of identity for this band is the vocal variation. All but one member of the band sings. Most members sing only Extreme vocals, but the lead vocalist Scott Krall sings both styles quite well. While his clean voice may be a bit aggressive, it perfectly fits the style of the band. The other vocalist really make this album and interesting listen when the listener has grown more familar with the album.

The drums are powerful, they never miss a beat. The fills are often and appreciated. The bass drum is variant where the Extreme Metal blast-beats are replaced with the Progressive influenced syncopation.

The bass is in the background for the most part. During the unison guitar arpeggios, the bass does some really fancy work with the rythymns underneath. The playing isn't outstanding, but the bass does not play an important role in Extreme bands, so the listener will most likely get what they expect.

The production is great for and Extreme Metal band. The guitars are much clearer than more typical bands of this style. The drums have exceptional clarity too. Once again I have to complain about the bass not playing an important enough role in the mix, but it fits the style. This album is not a perfect release, but it approachs topic quality from shear musicality.

AtLossForWords | 4/5 |

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