Into Eternity
Buried in Oblivion


2.5
average

Review

by OllieS USER (19 Reviews)
April 6th, 2009 | 15 replies | 1,910 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: And people say their most recent album is bad...

Since the revolutionary Black Sabbath in 1970, Metal has undergone quite the large amount of expansion. First it was the harder, heavier thrash, then the flashier, catchier glam, then the denser, more sophisticated prog. Nowadays, abound with seemingly hundreds of subgenres, it's almost impossible to keep track of everything happening to the kernel Metal sound. One band who like to mix Metal's vast subgenres is Canada's Into Eternity. Mixing death, power and progressive metal elements, Buried In Oblivion is their third album, which, despite being very unique, is a monolithic mass of wasted potential.

The songs on Buried In Oblivion generally follow verse-chorus formula, with the verses having the harsh characteristics of death Metal and the choruses having the melodic characteristics of power Metal, while the two occasionally cross over. No songs are genuinely progressive (although 'Black Sea of Agony' comes close), but there are progressive touches throughout; technical guitar work for example. While the song structures remain clear enough, it's the jumbled individual aspects of the band which really render this album helpless.

It's clear guitarists Tim Roth and Rob Doherty are talented, but the guitar work on this album is vastly sub-par. The production gives the guitars a thin, feeble sound, making the 'death Metal' (heavy) parts of this album not work like they should. Also the 'heavy' riffs aren't actually very heavy (excluding a few instances); a prime example of this is the verses of 'Embraced By Desolation'. The solos on the other hand are very disappointing: shredding is awesome, but on this album it lacks any sense of direction, climax or even melody - we're talking Slayer style here. They often go on for way too long (20 seconds is bad enough, but many extend 40); in fact the only solo that doesn't overstay its welcome is the one in 'Three Dimensional Aperture', which is pretty nifty - the only cohesive solo on the album.

The rhythm section is hit and miss. The bass pretty much epitomises this album's severe lack of direction: when it's audible, it plays very lush, technical grooves, but they don't fit in at all with the riffs or drum patterns at hand. That's not the biggest problem though - it's only audible about a third of the time, meaning it comes in for these random grooves, then just retreats back to being buried in the mix. Just...pointless. The drums are very complex, but essentially unmemorable. While the double bass, blast beats and speedy fills are executed very well, they're thrown around at complete random, leaving the foundation of the album very thin (see the final chorus of 'Point Of Uncertainty where the blast beats make the already thin chorus have NO foundation at all - it becomes background noise). There is definitely some creativity (see the sweet ride/hi-hat swapping in 'Spiralling Into Depression'), but the drumming is overall pretty poor, and the kit's thin tinny sound and overly loud hi-hat doesn't help.

In a unique arrangement, all five members of the band contribute vocals to this album - four of them harsh vocals, three of them cleans, with two on double duty. The harsh vocals are incredibly weak - the death growls are the total opposite of powerful. Compare the second verse of 'Three Dimensional Aperture' with any work of Tomi Joutsen of Amorphis and you'll see just how tame the death vocals on here are. A thin black Metal rasp in the vein of Agalloch is occasionally used, while not bad, feels mildly out of place. The clean vocals are perhaps the only strength of the album: they're smooth, have lots of vibrato and are catchy as hell (you'll have the album's choruses in your head after just one solitary listen). The vocals are besmirched by the lyrics on this album however, as they're complete trite. If you didn't guess by the song titles name dropped throughout this review, they deal with many negative concepts, such as despair, death and depression. The main problem is the lyrics are terribly written and a million miles away from being genuinely emotional ("F*ck you and your snub perception", "Misery, another life is taken, recall the spirit breaking through"). Also, the clean vocals (which make up half of the album) are in the vein of power Metal, being insanely catchy and uplifting, thus when chorus lines such as "Can't take no more desolation, self-murder, revelation!" come in, they're impossible to take seriously, making the chorus(es) awkward. The lyrics are very full on, which raises yet another point: why are the lyrics trying to be so emotional while the music is more in the vein of Dream Theater than a band such as Daylight Dies?

The only thing worthwhile on this album is the song 'Spiralling Into Depression'. Being a single song it avoids the pointless, cluttered technicality the rest of the songs have (there's no solo, yay!), and the chorus is highly catchy and fun. Besides that, there's no reason to want to come back to this album.

Buried In Oblivion is simply everything wrong with modern Metal. Everything is so disorganised and directionless, it leaves the album totally unmemorable (besides some of the stupidly catchy choruses, but hey, catchiness =/= substance). I'll go back to my Iron Maiden now.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
OllieS
April 6th 2009


2031 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

sorry Hawks

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
April 6th 2009


8357 Comments


neat review man! I have never heard anything from Into Eternity although I've planned to. What's their best album to start with?

fireaboveicebelow
April 6th 2009


6837 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I think you pretty much nailed it, but when you're concluding try not to use typical words like "overall" or "in the end..." etc

also try to reword the sentences were you used "I" so you keep out personal ideas because we already know what you think since you're writing the review

Mixing death, power and progressive metal elements, Buried In Oblivion is their third album, which despite being very unique, is a monolithic mass of wasted potential.
also you need another comma after "which"
Also, the clean vocals (which make up half of the album) are in the vein of power Metal, being insanely catchy and uplifting, thus when chorus lines such as "Can't take no more desolation, self-murder, revelation!" come in, they're impossible to take seriously, making the chorus(es) awkward.
and this sentence reads strangeThis Message Edited On 04.06.09

lauriej
April 6th 2009


1711 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i can't really agree here, you've basically said every aspect of the musicianship is sub-par (rhythm+lead guitars, bass, drums, vocals) which isn't really fair. but still, it's well written for a negative opinion review - we all know they're the toughest so well done.

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fireaboveicebelow
April 6th 2009


6837 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I don't think he said the musicianship is sub-par but rather they ways they utilize it

OllieS
April 6th 2009


2031 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Thanks for the feedback guys. To be honest, this was pretty hard to review - every time I listened to it something just never clicked (at all), and obviously I can't just write 'it doesn't click' for the review. I tried to point out what was wrong, which was well, everything collectively...

AtomicWaste
Staff Reviewer
April 6th 2009


1992 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's a good review, I just can't agree.

This album is prime Into Eternity (well, as far as a mixture of production and sound goes - if you can go sans production I probably like Dead or Dreaming better).

Part of it, I think, is that they're not really going for incredibly hard as hell smash your balls out sounds - vocally or instrumentally. The vocals get harsh enough that you get the point and they don't ruin the throats of the band members.

I can see where sometimes the songs get a bit too long and repetitive, but outside that, I really love this album. For me, it's not a serious listen - it's a fun listen.

Willie
Moderator
April 6th 2009


15964 Comments


Not bad. I feel basically the same way about this album except it doesn't affect me as negatively.

Digging: Necropoli - I

fireaboveicebelow
April 6th 2009


6837 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

The vocals get harsh enough that you get the point and they don't ruin the throats of the band members.
if it ruins your throat you're doing it wrong

OllieS
April 6th 2009


2031 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Yeah look at Tomi Joutsen, he has some of the most powerful growls you'll find but also can sing clean beautifully

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
April 6th 2009


8357 Comments


yaah Tomi is an awesome vocalist. His growls give me chills in a very pleasant way.

AtomicWaste
Staff Reviewer
April 6th 2009


1992 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

if it ruins your throat you're doing it wrong


Just making a quip.

Hawks
April 6th 2009


35824 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

sorry Hawks

It's not ok.

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Wizard
April 6th 2009


19383 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Why do you capitalize 'metal' throughout the review? Review is well done though.

Other then that, album is the only thing these guys have ever done worth listening to.

Hawks, this aint that good hahahaha. Jeez a 5?

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OllieS
April 14th 2009


2031 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Upped to 2.5 after hearing The Incurable Tragedy



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