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.
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