“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.

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. They 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 song 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 the cards right they will go down in the ranks of great progressive metal acts.

Track Listing:
1. Splintered Visions
2. Embraced By Desolation
3. 3 Dimensional Aperture
4. Beginning Of The End
5. Point Of Uncertainty
6. Spiraling Into Depression
7. Isolation
8. Buried In Oblivion
9. Black Sea Of Agony
10. Morose Seclusion

Official Website: http://www.intoeternity.net

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