Hoth
Oathbreaker


4.3
superb

Review

by Thompson D. Gerhart STAFF
June 16th, 2014 | 64 replies


Release Date: 05/20/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The tragedy of the fall is ushered in by the true keepers of the anti-prophecy.

Oathbreaker is a bleak journey through the saga of the rise and fall of a should-be hero corrupted into the right hand of darkness and destruction. With immensely powerful instrumentation that rips from the fast, vast, and heavy darkness that surrounds the prophecy and the so-called messiah's dark deeds to the folksy acoustic passages and echoing, etheral concert hall pianos, orchestral arrangements, and latin chants, Hoth create a cinematic experience that pulls you down along the spiral into madness our protagonist is born into.

While we all know the name of the character this album was designed for, the lyrics Hoth have crafted for Oathbreaker remain both beautifully timeless and intensely grizzly with anger, hatred, fear, and power. The story of the anti-hero wasn't invented in the '90s (or even the '70s), and the lyrical content here strikes a good balance in distancing itself from its source material and remaining relevant enough to paint the same twisted fall all while drawing up images of countless other legends of a messianic hope for salvation turned to blight upon the face and soul of humanity.

But let it be known, this is no children's tale. Embarking on a harrowing journey from the first step, Oathbreaker plays on dense yet fast black metal guitar rhythms with plenty of crunch and blistering drums to frame the cinematic tone of the album with fraying black curtains. The symphonic nature of Oathbreaker's leads establish it as a theater affair, while its melodic guitar leads bring it back to the icy chill of the group's namesake planet and emphasize the power our fallen hero manifests.

All of these elements are tied together exceedingly well by seamless transitions from the more magical folk elements and eye-widening symphonic components to the power and bombast of the record's core blackened death metal infrastructure. With a production that emphasizes all aspects of this sound with proper clarity and balance without losing the fetid bite brought to the album's forefront by the duo's growls, Oathbreaker is instantly satisfying and offers plenty of instrumental and lyrical depth for follow-up listens. But more than that, Oathbreaker simply brings us a tale long known but never done justice. By dousing the gleaming special effects of Hollywood in rage and darkness, Hoth have brought a true and natural taint of evil to the tale of the black knight. But, more than that, they've finally forged that necessary visceral connection between legend and listener through the emotional power of their sound.

It is for their demonstration of fear, sorrow, anger, rage, and power that we bend the knee and accept the legend of the Oathbreaker.




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AtomicWaste
Staff Reviewer
June 16th 2014


2043 Comments

Album Rating: 4.3 | Sound Off

Take a shot every time you notice a Star Wars reference.

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fromtheinside
June 16th 2014


19148 Comments


hahaha is this a coincidence

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AtomicWaste
Staff Reviewer
June 16th 2014


2043 Comments

Album Rating: 4.3 | Sound Off

Actually, I'd been planning to review this since it was first released, just been busy. Found time today ;)

Believe it or not!

Relinquished
June 16th 2014


25919 Comments


metal

fromtheinside
June 16th 2014


19148 Comments


oblivion is cool and the opener has it's moments but i just couldn't get into this. wasn't feelin the production mostly

CaptainDooRight
June 16th 2014


30334 Comments


infrastructure's hard, well, kinda

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
June 16th 2014


21801 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

awesome job, album rules

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NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
June 16th 2014


7127 Comments


Was thinking your first comment even before I finished reading.

BMDrummer
June 16th 2014


9918 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sounds cool, lots of great music coming out lately

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
June 16th 2014


7127 Comments


Lol, #releasedatesareforpussies

ProjectFreak
June 16th 2014


1443 Comments


Sounds like I could dig this

emester
June 16th 2014


4376 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Played KOTOR while jamming this. great stuff

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Wizard
June 16th 2014


19641 Comments


One of my favourite Star Wars movies.

Great review dude! Sounds cool, gonna jam.

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NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
June 16th 2014


7127 Comments


Nice dig Wiz : ]

Wizard
June 16th 2014


19641 Comments


It's more or less the same as their debut.

I've been rocking out a lot to Tangerine Dream lately. I've pretty much gone through their entire discography and love everything.

Edit: rocking out to Tangerine Dream isn't an ideal description, more like mellowing out.

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
June 16th 2014


19064 Comments


dude i got ricochet on vinyl a couple of weeks ago ive been spinning it non stop

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PortalofPerfection
June 17th 2014


624 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Fantastic review. You sir are staff for a reason. Love what I've heard from this so far.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
June 18th 2014


6339 Comments


Great review man, gotta check the album thoroughly at some point.

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tempest--
June 18th 2014


14615 Comments


need to listen

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
June 18th 2014


13453 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

so is this summer jams



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