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Into Eternity: Buried In Oblivion

Into Eternity's 2001 outing Dead Or Dreaming hinted at something fascinating––a hybrid that imagined the marriage of progressive and death metal. Although a strong effort, you couldn't help but get the feeling that it might take Into Eternity an extended stretch of time to realize the full potential obvious in their music. Two, maybe three albums? So it was a great surprise to hear the opening moments of "Splintered Visions," on this album, to listen to the guitar duo of Tim Roth and Rob Doherty trade neoclassical licks that raced by at unbelievable speed, before the whole band launched into a gnarling, complicated tune that highlighted both the naked brutality and well-dressed finesse of this Canadian quintet to the max.

Here, much more so than on Dead Or Dreaming, the band manages to travel the full spectrum of sound better than some acts with four times the experience. Best exemplars of the band's range? "Beginning Of The End" hits hard, hard, hard, while the title track adds softer and deeper touches that place progressive deep into progressive metal.

Buried In Oblivion won't force the genre's elder statesmen into retirement (yet) but it should serve as a wake-up call to those chugging along the tracks, searching for direction.

Track Listing:
1. Splintered Visions (4:56)
2. Embraced By Desolation (4:08)
3. Dimensional Aperture (4:47)
4. Beginning of the End (4:39)
5. Point of Uncertainty (3:45)
6. Spiraling Into Depression (3:36)
7. Isolation (4:59)
8. Buried In Oblivion (4:00)
9. Black Sea Of Agony (5:21)
10. Morose Seclusion (3:21)
Total Time: 44:07

Added: April 11th 2005
Reviewer: Jedd Beaudoin
Score:
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Into Eternity: Buried In Oblivion
Posted by Ken Pierce, SoT Staff Writer on 2005-04-11 18:37:47
My Score:

If one were to take the technical skills found in music such as Dream Theater and combine them with the type of harmonies typically found in Yes you would get a very interesting band. Now when you take these principles and not only speed them up but include a skillfully placed use of death vocals you have the Canadian band Into Eternity. Their CD Buried In Oblivion is a non-stop ride of Progressive Metal power from start to finish. I was very impressed with the technical ability of these musicians across the length of the CD and I am happy to report that this is the same level of play one sees in a live performance. In addition to this skill each of the band members sing backup and also provide the dark vocal lines. This tends to make this both a powerful and yet moody piece of music. As I mentioned, the musicianship is very technically based both in guitar riffing and drumming. They work well together and showcase the influences of Progressive forerunners on their playing. The themes covered in the music are not at all based in the brighter side of life; instead they focus more on despair and oblivion. It is effective for the bands musical thoughts as they come to life on the CD.

The lineup on the CD is as follows: Jim Austin - Drums, Scott Krall - Bass, Rob Doherty - Guitar, Tim Roth - Guitar and Chris Krall - Vocals. This is quite a solid lineup with each member working off of one another very effectively. There was so much power on this CD that it bears a little trouble describing as more than a great listen. As I am a fan of progressive and power metal more than any other genre I can only recommend this piece with the highest of numbers possible. Among the favored tracks I found on the CD would first be the title track "Buried By Oblivion". Starting off slow it shows the diversity of the group before it kicks into part two of the track entitled "Black Sea Of Agony" which is heavy and shows the prog side of the band. "Embraced By Desolation" has such a great vocal line and employs those traits described earlier. I found myself humming the chorus even after the CD had finished. Never a bad sign when that happens. The band seems to have made sure a lot of work was done in order to get you this CD and have it done the right way. It remained fresh for me on each and every listen

The 12 page glossy booklet contains some cryptic imagery as well as lyrics to the songs and a band photo. If you are musician you will be captivated by the abilities they showcase on the CD and the vocals will most assuredly find you singing along at choruses. I look forward to this bands future and feel if they play their cards right they will go down in the ranks of great progressive metal acts

Into Eternity: Buried In Oblivion
Posted by Duncan Glenday, SoT Staff Writer on 2004-02-20 17:53:42
My Score:

Three and four part power-metal-like vocal harmonies. Progressive metal with all the complexities and dexterity of the best in the business. Three and sometimes four people trading lines of death metal growling. Ballads and mellow songs played on acoustic guitars with a skill and musicianship way beyond your garden-variety death metal band. Buried In Oblivion is a wonderful 10-track 45-minute showcase for Into Eternity's musicianship.

The Canadian band's debut CD was a 3-man home-produced piece that – through a twist of record-label fate, launched them in Europe. They met small success there and toured, and played ProgPower Europe. Only then were they picked up by American label Century Media, where they completed their second album – which was a USA release. Buried In Oblivion will be released worldwide, so many people will consider this to be their debut in worldwide metal – and what a way to launch a career!

The signature sound of Into Eternity is the vocals. Three-part harmonies that blend perfectly, and migrate seamlessly in and out of death metal vocals grunted variously by 2, 3 and 4 singers (grunters?) The guitar work is excellent and you'll hear solid riffs and rhythms at the backbone, masterfully embellished by two lead guitarists who share the limelight. This is pure metal, but listen for the progressive elements – complex polyrhythms and changes in time signatures, key and tempo changes, interesting chord constructs, and the overall finesse. These songs are played the old fashioned way. A 5-piece metal band that rehearses exhaustively and refines their technique on stage in the public's eye and plays the songs from start to finish.

A particular favorite is the 3-piece triptych than closes the album. The death metal is at a minimum, and the three pieces – a ballad followed by a heavier piece then another ballad – were written to be played as one. Think of them as one 14-minute epic.

You heard it here first:
There is a new sub-genre called progressive-death-metal. And Into Eternity are among its pioneers.

Duncan Glenday




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