I remember back when I found this band when I was looking on the internet for CDs at cheap prices. I checked the band out to find out that this was something I was looking for. I found their MySpace page and then played a song, the song was "O' Hail Glorious Death", which I found out was the first track on the album, "Lost to Antiquity". I listened to the song with an open mind and gave me time to think about "is this song worth the money if the rest of the album is bad". Well, it really was that worth.
The album starts out with "O' Hail Glorious Death", which I think is a very solid album opener. It starts out with some very fast apocalyptic death metal riffs and a lot of blast beats, which really gives a feeling about what this album is going to be. After a very strong intro, the song turns more into a more black metal-like song. There's a lot of good things going on in this song, it's not one of those album openers you want to skip when you're waiting for your favorite track. After a good start, we get the second track, "One Above All". It starts with a great riff and fast double bass drumming, until Nihilist gives us a very hateful scream, then we get some blast beats and more screaming. The song continues like that until the middle of song, then it turns more melodic and slow. Some good drum work in the song. After two very strong songs, we reaches the third track, "Beneath the Endless Ocean", the shortest and probably the fastest song on the album, besides that, it's a pretty good song. "Discipline" is another fast track, a little bit like "Beneath the Endless Ocean", the only difference is that this is about two minutes longer. The song might be a little boring at times, but has some very good bass work which you can hear very well if you have a good headset or something. Now we comes to the best part of the album, "Erosion" is by far the slowest song on the album, there's not that much going on in this song, but it has some very nice and heavy doom metal riffs that keeps the song very interesting and enjoyable. One of the best tracks on the album. The last song until the album closer, "The Awakening" might be the most death metal inspired song on the album. It has a very beautiful melody at the end of the song, played by a clean guitar, which has been stuck in my mind for a while now (when the clean guitar is done, you then hear another melody comes up, which is the main melody of the final track). And now to the final track! When I heard this for the first time, I was completely blown away by the main riff in this song, and I still get blown away when I listen to it. Nothing could had been a better album closer than "In Memorium", this is without doubt my favorite song on the album, and one of my favorite riffs of all time. It starts with a clean guitar playing the melody of the main riff, while a keyboard plays the melody at the same time, it adds a very great atmosphere. After a long intro, the song turns into a chaotic black metal mess, which keeps you wanting more after such a long and great intro. The intro is played again as the outro, and well, this might sound a little boring and repetitive, but trust me, it's not. "In Memorium" has a length on almost ten minutes, but it feels shorter everytime you listen to it, ...and still as good as the first time.
As you see, my views on "Lost to Antiquity" are very positive, but due to it's lack of originality and bad production, it will for me not be a "superb", and the review will for me sound overrated if it was a "classic", but without doubt, a very great album.
This is a must have for a black metal and death metal fan, if not, it's worth checking out!
Best to worst:
1. In Memorium 5/5
2. The Awakening 4/5
3. Erosion 4/5
4. O' Hail Glorious Death 4/5
5. One Above All 4/5
6. Beneath the Endless Ocean 3/5
7. Discipline 3/5