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Oblivion Myth - Oblivion Myth

Gods of Metal? - 100%

DJMcBaine, March 26th, 2007

One word...amazing! Amazing! Simply amazing!

Oblivion Myth's debut self-titled album comes as a suprise to most. It's a hard hitting, unstoppable force that few refuse to bow down to. While the production may not be top-notch, there is no doubt that each member's perfomance and the overall performance of the band as a single unit is outstanding. From start to the magnificent conclusion, Oblivion Myth as a solid power metal force never lets up. From the fast paced Kreator-esque riffs to the melodic Accept-style riffs, this album and more importantly this band never lets you rest. Most notably, Nickell's drumming never lets up and always fits picture-perfect with the music at any given moment of the album. Smith's vocals, while a little shaky at a few points, provide an excellent addition to this already powerful masterpiece.

Ultimately, Oblivion Myth has created a power, amazing, technical masterpiece. This debut album presents some of the most mindblowing technical performances in centuries! If you haven't heard Oblivion Myth yet, go do so right now!

In closing, is Oblivion Myth the future of power metal? I believe so; however, more importantly, Oblivion Myth is the quintessence of performance, skill, and power metal in general. Are they the Gods of Metal? Without a doubt, YES!!!

A bit hit or miss - 68%

Noktorn, March 25th, 2007

My complaint about prog metal has always been that I don't feel like it's a fully realized genre. The idea of 'prog' has no specific, or even general stylistic guidelines; just this vague idea of being 'progressive', which, when you get down to it, only means reasonably technical instrumentation in practice. It's just as obscure a label as 'avant-garde', which implies what exactly? Being unusual? 'Progressive' just always seemed like an excuse for 'we can't decide what to do'.

So naturally, I'm a bit leery of any band with the 'prog' label. Luckily, I've found that power/prog bands are among the best of such so-called 'progressive' bands, so I was more interested in normal to check out Oblivion Myth, despite the prog label. What we have here is a fairly traditional breed of power/prog; think Nevermore but replacing the thrash with Dream Theater. This isn't quite as overpoweringly epic as other power/prog bands like Symphony X or Evergrey; it's rather more USPM in nature than Euro, so influences from artists such as Jag Panzer are more readily present than Rhapsody. So, does the mixture work out in this case?

Yes and no. Certain elements of the band are very good, while other tend to be mediocre. First off: the instrumental performance of this band is top notch. There's not a complaint to be found in the roles of any band member. Drummer Patrick Nickell is deserving of special commendation: his performance never fails to fit the music perfectly and it technically flawless. The riffing here is not have bad either; generally in power metal/trad/hard rock style, the sounds are traditional but effective and evocative of the strange atmosphere that this disc provides. On that note, the atmosphere is particularly hard to describe. I would almost equate it with the fantastic visions of Lykathea Aflame, though channeled in a very different way.

Production, though the band has stated is not flawless, sure seems to be. All the instruments are clear (though the bass is a bit buried), and everything appears to be on relatively even and proper levels. So what's hurting this album? A couple things. Keith Smith's vocals, while not bad, feel somewhat timid and unsure. Come on, Kevin! Bitch-slap that microphone into submission! A lot of times, it feels like he's not entirely sure of his performance; and if you're not sure, you aren't, and if he would just belt out his lyrics a bit more, they would be many times more effective. He also does not quite yet possess the range required for some of the songs, such as on 'Dimensions', where he's just not able to hit the necessary high notes. However, when he's on, he's on: his performance on a track such as 'Twilight Dementia' is great, despite being still a tad unsure. It just goes to show you how reining in the range and pushing out the words a bit more can work wonders for vocals.

As far as the songs go, they're fairly good for the most part; the album gets a great deal better at 'Knightserrant', where the songs seem to get significantly ballsier and more powerful overall. I have a feeling that Oblivion Myth is a power metal band trapped in a prog body; the best parts here are the most intense, Hammerfall-esque power metal sections, so perhaps a greater omission of the traditional prog sections would be to the band's favor. 'Twilight Dementia' harnesses the 70's style prog and fuses it with power metal wonderfully, and more songs of this style would be a great move for the band.

Despite these flaws, Oblivion Myth is still a solid band, developing its own sound and finding its place in the metal scene. Their debut, while not flawless, is a solid piece of power/prog that fans of the fusion would want to check out; I'd say it's only a matter of time and conviction for these guys to come into their own.