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CA based Death Metal Juggernaut Oblivion have returned with their third album the self titled "Oblivion." This album, a sequel to last year's release "The Path Towards" expands on Oblivion's vision of a world run amok by artificial intelligence. Although lyrically the subject matter is a continuation of "The Path Towards" this effort is stylistically different and, if anything, sonically closer to their debut "Called To Rise."
Following their first two critically acclaimed albums , this third installment aims to build from the momentum of their previous works. Speaking about the direction of this album, Oblivion Founder Ted O'Neill said, "One of the hallmarks of the Oblivion sound has been the blending of many styles of extreme music. Encompassing elements of Black Metal, OSDM, Technical Death Metal as well as Classical music that may be thought of as Modern Chamber Music. Nick Vasallo's background as a PhD in music theory and his experience as a classical composer gives us a huge boost in creating our material. So, for this album we really wanted Nick to go all the way with it and do what he does best. He is tremendous at creating tension, counter point and brutal arrangements while maintaining a structure that is still accessible. On that same note Ben Orum is a great writer in his own respect. Ben brings to the table the ability to create crushing rhythms and massive chord progressions that create the backbone of many of the songs. Luis "The Human Drum Machine" Martinez is just a unique talent with an eclectic style that blends perfectly with what we do. So, the idea was to really have everyone bring to the table their best skills and blend it all together. I think people are going to love this album. It's very diverse but doesn't lose focus. It's brutally heavy throughout but not fatiguing. It's dark and in spots bleak but not depressing as it is LOADED with hook after hook and tons of groove."
Both their debut "Called to Rise" and sophomore release "The Path Towards..." received album of the year consideration citing this eclectic ability as one of the bands great strengths. This release takes that element even deeper into the blending of styles as Oblivion push even further into the extreme.
The album's opener "True Awakenings" is a blending of the great classic sounds while not losing integrity of the modern style of death metal. Tracks 2 and 3 (Fear What is Unknown, Forgotten Brotherhood) display memorable riffs showcasing the fact that death metal, even when employing technical elements, can still have distinctive style, deep hooks and groove. The album pushes forward with "Witnessing a Glorious Dawn" and "Insurrection" meshing classic OSDM vibes with a decidedly modern approach. The instrumental "Alien Among Us" and the songs "Threshold" and "Expand the Hive" push to a level of darkness, foreboding and horror that Oblivion has only dabbled with in the past. The album closes with the black metal influenced "Negative Mass", the sequel to "Multiverse" which closed their debut album "Called to Rise."
Says O'Neill, "We hope you enjoy this album and see our vision. With the mountain of great music out there today we believe we are unique and deserve a listen. I believe this to be our best effort to date, we look forward to getting this release out and in the hands of our fans and future fans!"
Focused on crafting music to transcend time and genres, OBLIVION features a compelling lineup with internationally-acclaimed composer and Antagony founder Dr. Nick Vasallo on vocals and bass, All Shall Perish and Antagony founder Ben Orum on guitar, thrash metal veteran guitarist Ted O’Neill, and drum virtuoso Luis Martinez (formerly of The Zenith Passage).