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“The Scattering Of Ashes” by Into Eternity

Artist: Into Eternity
Title: “The Scattering Of Ashes”
Label: Century Media Records
Release Date: 10/3/2006
>Genre: Progressive Black Metal
Rating: 5/5

Into Eternity’s new album is finally here and I am amazed that they were able to find time to record it for the band has been on tour almost non-stop, with the exception of an early 2006 pause to hammer this release out. Many supporters of the Metal effort realize this because the band had opened for a literal who’s who in Metal since late 2004. “Buried By Oblivion” was the focus at most of these appearances and now with “The Scattering Of Ashes” we find them taking the next step in their musical journey. The group had a couple of lineup shifts and this recording finds original drummer Jim Austin returning to the fold and providing insane levels of percussive expression to the album. All guitar shredding is handled by Tim Roth who is showing more and more that he is probably the new shooting star on the horizon. His technical displays on the axe are dizzying to listen to, and just try to figure what he is doing in concert. Bassist Troy Bleich firmly holds this all together while also offering some of the needed Black Metal growls as well as harmonies for you see Into Eternity is not a band that sticks to one form. Instead they choose to mix it up quite a bit and this album shows that their recording return has a purpose and a renewed focus on pushing the expected limits. Traditional views on how one can deliver Progressive Black Metal go right out a the window here and songs like “A Past Beyond Memory” blister by you yet slow down enough to have an almost Classical music feel to it. “Surrounded By Night” begins with something more akin to Kansas than a Metal group before it takes off to the skies. Kudos have to go to lead singer Stu Block who while a member of the band in the touring sense for some time, has never recorded with them until this album.
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“Buried In Oblivion” by Into Eternity

Artist: Into Eternity
Title: “Buried In Oblivion”
Label: Century Media Records
Release Date: 2004
Genre: Progressive Metal
Rating: 8/10

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.
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