Darkstar
Marching Into Oblivion


4.0
excellent

Review

by BrxxnAngxlRxsnxr USER (40 Reviews)
May 30th, 2010 | 19 replies | 5,739 views


Release Date: 1996 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Dark against the sky, yet shining regardless.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Progressive music, much like stars have always been an interest of mine. Did I also mention that I like the dark? Why does this matter? It doesn’t really, however the progressive/metal band who call themselves ”Darkstar” have released an album entitled, ”Marching Into Oblivion”. Like most experimentally interesting music I have found “Marching Into Oblivion” seemed to be an album to discover rather than find me through the radio waves. Either that or sunny California isn’t very fond of the immensely dark ambience that this album seeps from the pores.

To inform you before hand, this album does not feature any standard vocals. In place of the usual vocals are samplings and small sequences from movies. This is readily apparent with the title track in which small clips are taken from the movie, ”Aliens" (1986). The track starts off with a glimmering, spacey feeling before launching into expertly woven bass play, each pluck of the four stringed instrument propelling the song forward. A guitar slides and soars, winding and squeaking its way alongside the masterful bass work. A very “middle eastern” feeling guitar progression breaks the surface towards the last half of the song while a static ridden radio portion is added to the mix. Confusion on a Grand Scale thrusts the album forward with meaty guitar riffs and quirky movie lines placed throughout such as, ”I am Jim Jones attorney!”. The sampling while certainly on the lines of being rather weird is actually quite pleasing and thoroughly interesting. The drumming, while keeping a steady pace for each song, falls into the category of “basic”.

Ominous tracks like, ”Out There”, paint a cloudy painting with moody piano sweeps placed occasionally throughout. Adding to the dreary mood of the song is the creepily high pitched guitar progressions that are executed superbly. While the song doesn’t go through a large amount of mood shifts it’s apparent that the steady, gloomy atmosphere is what the band was going for. "Alone" (as the title suggests) continues this pungent vibe but with a very intricate guitar opening that slightly recalls the video game ”Columns” (Sega Genesis). For those unfamiliar it sounds as if vibrant puzzle pieces are electronically falling in on themselves. The bass on the song is the simple work of a genius, the muddy plucks impelling the track with each hammered note. Also adding interest is how some tracks seems to combine a “middle eastern”/”space exploration” type listening experience. While I’m not sure if this was the bands intention it definitely holds your attention as the majority of the songs go on past the five minute mark. The albums closer, ”Alien Christ”, absolutely screams the 80s. The drum fills are swifter and more noticeable here and a strange, alien like language plays at the background. The soft chants mixed in are just enough to make you think of things such as ”Halo”, or some type of dramatic space scene.

Marching Into Oblivion is not for everyone. It’s quirky, slightly pretentious (as is a lot of progressive style music) and makes you feel like you’re listening to a space drama type television show. At times the songs do grow slightly repetitive as there is the apparent lack of vocals. If however you’re looking for something a little more experimental and laid back in a cloudy fashion, listen to this. The bass playing is strikingly well played, something I always look for in well structured music. The guitars soar and wind all the while creating that very, “space exploration” vibe the album excels at. The drumming, while obviously not the main focus is consistent and fitting. So if the thought of moody aliens and gloomy space ships scare you, stay away. If however you are like me and enjoy that type of vibe, hop aboard ”Marching Into Oblivion”.

Recommended Listening

"Confusion on a Grand Scale"
"Alone"



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Foxhound
May 31st 2010



4570 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROTAe77gKzw

"Alone"

Foxhound
May 31st 2010



4570 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VakfmETthvo

"Confusion on a Grand Scale"

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
May 31st 2010



30904 Comments


Pours = pores

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TheSpirit
May 31st 2010



17205 Comments


You've been a reviewing machine lately. good work and listening to links.

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Dryden
May 31st 2010



12928 Comments


i love you Foxhound

Foxhound
May 31st 2010



4570 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Sorry dev, hoped you liked the review though.

Foxhound
May 31st 2010



4570 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

And I love you too Dryden.

pizzamachine
May 31st 2010



12571 Comments


“Marching Into Oblivion” seemed to be an album to discover

Pretty much agree there. Well written review.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
May 31st 2010



5921 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

omg where did you remember this?

This band was a project found from Psychotic Waltz guitarist Dan Rock and Siggi Blasey with whom they were involved in another prog metal project band called End Amen.

I think you should have mentioned somewhere in the beginning that the sound of Darkstar owes a lot to Psychotic Waltz, but i assume that you haven't listened to PW yet.

Other than that, very good review.

this album is very very hard to find in CD format nowadays.

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Foxhound
May 31st 2010



4570 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I saw the cover of the album art and typed it into Youtube and listened, pretty much how I found them.

Dryden
May 31st 2010



12928 Comments


thats insaine

Foxhound
May 31st 2010



4570 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I know, I just really liked the cover.

And no I haven't listened to PW yet but I will.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
May 31st 2010



5921 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

You will like Psychotic Waltz for sure, if you liked Darkstar.

Willie
Moderator
May 31st 2010



15894 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is an awesome album and one that is worth owning on CD. The booklet for this is amazing. Each song has its own art section in the CD book and they're all awesome. The artwork was done by Travis Smith (Nevermore, Anathema, Katatonia, etc).

Also, I second the PW rec. I'd start with Bleeding and work backwards. I'm from San Diego and got to see PW live quite a few times. They put on an awesome show. The drummer, Norm, owned and operated a CD store called Blue Meanie Records - he introduced me to a lot of cool bands in that place.

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Foxhound
May 31st 2010



4570 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It's been just recently that I've been getting into music like this and I plan on getting some PW
stuff. Thanks again for checking out my reviews too.

Listening to PW on youtube, definitely great.

pizzamachine
May 31st 2010



12571 Comments


5 of 6?! What fool would neg this review?

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
May 31st 2010



5921 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The drummer, Norm, owned and operated a CD store called Blue Meanie Records - he introduced me to a lot of cool bands in that place.

Willie, if you are still in touch with Norm or Dan Rock - who is also a fair citizen of San Diego as far as i can remember - tell him/them that in Hellas the Hellenian fans still talk about them when discussing about metal and that they await for a PW concert.

They will cut at least 2000 tickets both in Athens and Thessaloniki.

Tell Norm to quit Cage, put all possible differences aside with the other PW members and start recording new shit under the PW name.

The crazy Hellenic fans await.-



As for this record, the PW material is much much better when compared to this imho.

Foxhound
May 31st 2010



4570 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Well that's good cause I thought this was really good.

Foxhound
July 21st 2010



4570 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

thanx whoever =)



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