From Oceans To Autumn
Oath Of Eternals


3.5
great

Review

by Magnus Altkula STAFF
May 21st, 2012 | 40 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Post-metal lite

From the ethereally captivating "Beyond a Thousand Years" up until the very end of this hour-long disc, From Oceans To Autumn’s third LP is one solid collection of instrumental atmospheric metal/rock songs. Striking a fine balance between the dynamics of post-metal and the airiness of atmospheric rock, the members of From Oceans To Autumn have crafted something that can be referred to as light post-metal – a style which will most probably appeal to both folks from the post-metal camp and also to those who find the gruff delivery and oppressing soundscapes of sludgier post-metal acts (think: Neurosis, Isis, Year of No Light) a little too much. The key to such an appeal lies in the fact that while the music on Oath of Eternals is airy, somewhat upbeat even, the guitar punch that we associate with post-metal is still there. It’s not as in-your-face as is demonstrated by the aforementioned bands, but walls of sound do still occur and the record is heavy enough to warrant a atmospheric metal tag, rather than a atmospheric rock one. As for any complaints, the spoken word samples, though luckily seldom used, don’t add anything to the full package, and the record as a whole could benefit from having a few more epic moments, even if its smooth delivery is consistent. The instrumentation itself is fine, though. The question from here on out for these guys is whether they can elevate their game to the next level and become as great as one of their main influences, Rosetta. They definitely have the talent for it, they just need to push their compositions further and experiment more; bring more twists and turns into their formula. For now though, Oath of Eternals is a perfectly solid piece of atmospheric metal that shouldn’t go unnoticed.



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Crysis
Staff Reviewer
May 21st 2012


16410 Comments


NICE SOUNDOFF

Digging: Blut Aus Nord - Memoria Vetusta III ? Saturnian Poetry

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
May 21st 2012


8368 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Soundoffing my way to the ranks of staff ;)

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
May 21st 2012


16410 Comments


the adam thomas method, very nice

scissorlocked
May 21st 2012


3510 Comments


this is how sputniks' reviewing should evolve- no more 5-paragraph philosophizing essays


HSThomas
May 21st 2012


668 Comments


Sputnik's turning into AllMusicGuide. Hopefully none of the Staff will develop a fear of ranking anything non-mainstream above a 3 or develop an irrational hatred of Burzum.

Also good Adam Thomas review. Pos'd. Stylin' hard as always I see.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
May 21st 2012


8368 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Haha, thanks Thomas and you know me, stylin' is what I do.

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
May 22nd 2012


10211 Comments


Dat album artwork be so purty.

JohnFire
May 22nd 2012


193 Comments


Anybody else thought of From Autumn To Ashes reading the band name?

LoneWanderer
May 22nd 2012


180 Comments


I love the ambiance in this...We Were Immortal is lovely and it has an insane video on youtube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVv6lZ9CTI4&feature=related

SlightlyEpic
May 22nd 2012


5780 Comments


That is one of the most uninspired band names I've come across

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
May 22nd 2012


8368 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

@ Slightly
The band name actually has a deeper meaning for the band members themselves. I'll see if I can find the article/story where they explain it, I know I saw it a while ago.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
May 22nd 2012


8368 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Here it is: http://fromoceanstoautumn.tumblr.com/post/10688828679/spiritual

LoneWanderer
May 22nd 2012


180 Comments


I guess the name makes more sense now...blue ridge mountains indeed

Photon
May 22nd 2012


1292 Comments


Review has convinced me to check this out. pos

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
May 22nd 2012


8368 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Mission accomplished then ;)

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
May 22nd 2012


8368 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

You know what I was striving for, dammit, haha.

AtomicWaste
Staff Reviewer
May 22nd 2012


1997 Comments


This sounds pretty cool.

YetAnotherBrick
May 22nd 2012


4453 Comments


post-metal lite? hm, sounds kinda boring haha

Acanthus
May 22nd 2012


9543 Comments


this is how sputniks' reviewing should evolve- no more 5-paragraph philosophizing essays

No.

Nice review, if I was in the mood for some post-metal atm I'd definitely check this out .

Digging: Falls of Rauros - The Light That Dwells in Rotten Wood

Dimor
May 22nd 2012


1762 Comments


Ill check this out, Sounds quite cool.



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