Into Eternity
Buried in Oblivion


4.5
superb

Review

by Mike Stagno EMERITUS
February 10th, 2007 | 107 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist


Today, Into Eternity might not be one of Canada's biggest music exports in the metal world. They're slowly moving towards that position, and it's possible that they might reach such heights in the future, but they aren't quite there yet. In 2004 they certainly weren't anything more than one of the numerous bands trying to make a name for themselves. Up until that year, the progressive metal band from Regina, Saskatchewan had released two albums, Into Eternity and Dead or Dreaming, the former generally ignored and the later met with positive acclaim. Into Eternity's third album, Buried in Oblivion garnered itself a similar reaction from critics and fans alike, and is even regarded as the band's strongest by some. Before 2006's The Scattering of the Ashes I would have probably agreed with those sentiments, as Buried in Oblivion is indeed a very solid album.

Into Eternity's musical direction takes on several different forms. Throughout each moment in the 10 track album, there are several different, yet interconnecting elements. The most unique of these elements is the vocal harmonies that four of the band's five members contribute to. Into Eternity's new vocalist (at the time) Chris Krall is the centrepiece of this combination, and does an excellent job providing a lighter, depressing edge to the band's aggressive riffing. While the melodic harmonies and harsh screams are not quite as impressive here as they are during new vocalist Stu Block's performance in the band's latest album, The Scattering of the Ashes, the combined efforts of the band members is very infectious, especially after numerous listens. Of all Into Eternity's albums, the vocals found in Buried in Oblivion are probably the most difficult to get into, specifically the vocal harmonies, but if you give it a chance, it shouldn't take away from the quality of the album. Musically, the Canadian's are also very competent. Fusing progressive metal and death metal, the band has created quite an interesting, unique sound for themselves. Their guitarists fluctuate between technical melodic leads and heavy chugging riffs quite frequently, almost as often as their vocal styles change changes between growl and harmony. And similarly to their singing patterns, said progression is quite effective in creating the angry/bitter musical themes which the lyrics stress.

In terms of actual songs, what can listeners expect? A handful of energetic, exciting, and surprisingly fresh songs, ten to be exact. Of these ten, my favourite would be the heavy hitting 3 Dimensional Aperture. This track probably epitomizes Into Eternity's sound the most. Perfect for new fans of the band, it incorporates everything Into Eternity does well into a concise 4:47 offering. The frequent fast paced riff and death metal growl sections create quite an epic atmosphere which is one of the album's highlights. Also impressive are Buried in Oblivion and Black Sea of Agony, two tracks which segue into each other. The former, the album's title track, is the calmest off the album and almost entirely makes use of clean guitars and lacks drums or bass. The guitars are quite similar to Crystal Ann off of Annihilator's Alice in Hell album or Mine Is the Grandeur off of Dark Tranquillity's The Gallery album, though not quite as flashy. The follow up is not especially heavy, especially when compared to the likes of 3 Dimensional Aperture or Embraced by Desolation, but it remains an aggressive track none the less. Its interludes and bridges and varying time changes should impress fans of the more progressive characteristics that the band employs, as it is very well written and performed.

The only aspect of Into Eternity that I don't really enjoy is the lyrical element. The band focuses almost entirely on depressing subjects and themes, making it somewhat difficult to listen to at times. And with song titles like Spiralling into Depression, Embraced by Desolation, and Splintered Visions, it isn't difficult to spot such an emphasis. While such writings fit the musical elements of the song writing very well, it can become a bit much to listen to as the album progresses. To be honest, I'd like to hear a less negative song from Tim Roth, but whatever floats his boat.

Overall, while not Into Eternity's best (The Scattering of the Ashes takes the cake here), it is still a superb offering. Combining strong vocal melodies with guttural death metal screams and proggy, melodious guitars with aggressive, thunderous riffs, Into Eternity has carved themselves a nice little musical niche from which they should only improve on. While the lyrics could definitely use some work, the musical qualities to be found here vastly over shadow the rather whiny, juvenile lyrical messages. For those looking to get into Into Eternity, this would be an excellent place to start, as it places emphasis on all of the important characteristics of the band's technique and performs said techniques at high level. I've never seen this in stores, however, so you'll likely have to order online, or something of that ilk. And if you're looking for a younger metal band with potential that can combine prog influenced metal with death influenced metal, and do it well, then don't look any further than here.

Recommended Tracks:
3 Dimensional Aperture
Buried in Oblivion
Black Sea of Agony
Embraced By Desolation
Beginning of the End



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Mikesn
Emeritus
February 10th 2007


3709 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I'm not sure how I feel about this review. But it took a long time, and I always seem to question my reviews which take a long time. Whatever.

Otisbum
February 10th 2007


1912 Comments


I've heard some songs from this band, I'm gonna pick up TSoA soon.

EDIT: Finished reading the review, great job and congrats on 120.This Message Edited On 02.10.07

Angmar
February 10th 2007


2689 Comments


This is a great album and the review is top notch as well. Keep up the frequent reviewing and u might make it to ranking #1....

Altmer
February 10th 2007


5652 Comments


I hated TSoA, probably won't like this either. Good review though, I'll vote.

Dethtrasher
February 10th 2007


2211 Comments


In the intro, is it suposed to be ''in the metal word'' instead of ''world''?
Anyhow, good review, I have been thinking of getting this since I didn't liked Scattering Of Ashes

Tyler
Emeritus
February 10th 2007


7926 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This and Scattering are both wildly different and completely alike that you should at least listen to this to figure out what the fuck I'm talking about.

metallicaman8
February 10th 2007


4677 Comments


Nice review. Those two songs up there are quite good.

any14doomsday
February 10th 2007


679 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i really liked tho vocals on this album, people seem to knock them sometimes but their probably my favorite from any of their albums.

Mikesn
Emeritus
February 10th 2007


3709 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

In the intro, is it suposed to be ''in the metal word'' instead of ''world''?
No it's supposed to be world, thanks for catching that.

i really liked tho vocals on this album, people seem to knock them sometimes but their probably my favorite from any of their albums.
Same here.

Thanks everyone.

Doppelganger
February 10th 2007


3124 Comments


This is a great review. Good work.This Message Edited On 02.10.07

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
February 10th 2007


17946 Comments


Their newest album is pretty terrible. Haven't heard this though.

Sweet review.

Tyler
Emeritus
February 10th 2007


7926 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

A lot of people love this album and loathe the new one. I like them both though.

Mikesn
Emeritus
February 10th 2007


3709 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

As do I.

Wizard
February 10th 2007


19650 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

A nice solid review once again Mikesn. I totally agree with your statement about this album being fresh and energetic. I cant say what album by these guys is my favourite. Their album previous to this is mediocre at best.

Digging: Horseback and Locrian - New Dominions

Confessed2005
February 10th 2007


3314 Comments


Spiraling Into Depression has awesome vocal harmonies.

Great review mike!

Shattered_Future
February 10th 2007


1541 Comments


Well done. Puts mine to shame.

I like this one better than TSOA. TSOA is more consistent, but this one just has better songs.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
February 11th 2007


16504 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Good Review, this album is a masterpiece. However, I'm one of those people who don't really care for their new one. I think this will always be their crowning achievement.

Mikesn
Emeritus
February 11th 2007


3709 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Spiraling Into Depression has awesome vocal harmonies.
Werd.

TSOA is more consistent, but this one just has better songs.
I prefer the TSOA songs, but I agree that some of BIO's songs are a bit stronger.

Tyler
Emeritus
February 11th 2007


7926 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The main difference is TSOA is a more organic album, whereas this one has 5-6 part vocal harmonies. One is more of a live album, while this is definitely a studio effort.

Thor
February 11th 2007


10202 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Either way, they're both fantastic, but I think I like TSOA a bit more.

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