The Arcane Order
The Machinery of Oblivion


3.5
great

Review

by Adam Gola USER (41 Reviews)
May 24th, 2014 | 13 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Something for everyone who thinks sumeriancore shouldn't have the monopoly on spacey/sciency mood in their music.

Creating really good music in general requires three things: the ability to utilize harmony, rhythm and melody; the ability to take what others have done before and mix it in new, creative ways; songwriting. Most bands that create really good music fulfill all of these criteria, but in case of The Arcane Order and the album "The Machinery of Oblivion" especially the part about copying others' sounds and making it their own seems to stand out.

Indeed, on their debut album these Danes seem to have made it a point to cram in as many influences as they possibly could. And yes - they succeeded. Not only that in fact - the interesting part is that they have managed to do it in a way where it neither jeopardizes songwriting quality, nor comes across as blatant plagiarism. And that is something not many bands can do.

The sound on this album, which they have departed from heavily on their next album in favor of black metal, is modern melodic death metal built upon a thrash metal framework. Sounds familiar? Well, obviously: early Soilwork comes to mind. Many riffing and drumming patterns do indeed heavily mirror the Swedish band's early style, yet the use of ambient electronics and symphony is much more prevalent and tasteful than Soilwork could accomplish even in their finest years, being more reminescent of older Scar Symmetry. The riffs also bring Arch Enemy and Carnal Forge to mind on more than one occasion. The overall mood, though, is closer, though not identical, to what the band Divinity plays, while the thrash element is in my opinion handled better than the neo-thrash band Sylosis does it - "The Machinery of Oblivion" offers a sound that is really heavy, very melodic and thrashy, yet with that spacey, sciencey ambience that not many metal bands care to try to accomplish these days - and if they do, they either have hardcore influences or are doomed to obscurity. It is also worth mentioning that this album is from the year 2006, so it in fact preceded most of the more-known metal bands that sound similar, without being any worse in terms of quality. Saying that The Arcane Order inspired the younger artists is definitely a stretch, but they might as well have.

It's fortunate that bands such as The Arcane Order, Allegaeon and Divinity still spring up every now and then and promote the modern, futuristic sound which at the same time preserves all the rightful intensity of metal and achieves the mood only through subtle touches rather extensive symphony and electronics like Sybreed. "The Machinery of Oblivion" keeps the synths firmly in the background, where they are audible yet never overbearing - they serve to enhance the mood, yet don't lead in creating it. There is plenty of fun to be had with the aggressive riffing, very good guitar solos and slight futuristic touches that this album offers.

Since The Arcane Order's following album, "In the Wake of Collisions", departs rather heavily from the sound found here - while also a fantastic album in its own right, the reviewed album is your only option with this band if you like pronounced thrash metal influences in your melodeath. And if you like that kind of songs well-written.

Rating: 3.7



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XfingTheSullen
May 24th 2014


2822 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Another missing review hunted down

FrozenVain
May 24th 2014


2482 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeh this album is cool. Great review, dude. Pos'd.

titanslayer
May 24th 2014


2107 Comments


"The riffis also bring Arch Enemy and Carnal Forge to mind on more than one occasion"
you mean the *riffs



titanslayer
May 24th 2014


2107 Comments


This is probably either really good or terrible

XfingTheSullen
May 25th 2014


2822 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks for pointing out the error. I was really tired when I wrote this, gonna make the corrections.

It definitely isn't terrible, it's almost a 4 actually

titanslayer
May 25th 2014


2107 Comments


Cool I'll have to check it out, stuff like this I'd always really hit or miss with me

FrozenVain
May 25th 2014


2482 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hey, Xfing! Have you heard their new songs?

XfingTheSullen
May 26th 2014


2822 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I think not. Not anything newer than ITWOC.

FrozenVain
May 26th 2014


2482 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

They have released two new tracks that are really sick. You should check them out on thier facebook or
something.

XfingTheSullen
May 27th 2014


2822 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I think I'll wait till the entire album comes out. For some reason I don't like spoiling a few songs for myself before the entire thing is out - I've had bad experiences regarding this with Scar Symmetry, haha

FrozenVain
May 27th 2014


2482 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

If you talk shit about the Scar you die. Nah but yeh I get ya.

XfingTheSullen
June 7th 2014


2822 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

They used to be my favorite band, mind you! I defended them the most of everyone after Dark Matter Dimensions etc... but I seriously hope their new album will be an objective 4 at least.

FrozenVain
June 7th 2014


2482 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I doubt it even though I too hope so. Me rating it a 4 is inevitable though.



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