It will be hard for me not to be too enthusiastic about this release. We are still at the beginning of the year, but I may have already found my album of the year! For sure, there is still lot of releases to come during the year, but I’m pretty sure nothing will come up as good as INTO ETERNITY latest album “Buried In Oblivion”.
Right at the beginning of the first track, you know that the listening experience of “Buried In Oblivion” won’t be like usual. What INTO ETERNITY had already started with the first album is in this third effort, is here perfected at its best. The perfect blend of Death and Progressive Metal shines greatly here. This ability that they have of going from harsh, heavy parts to a softer, multiple vocal harmonies part still amaze me at each listen, like if it was the first time I was discovering the sound of the band.
I’m pretty sure this band will help rallying Death and Progressive Metal fans. Indeed, both of them will find what they need into INTO ETERNITY’s music. I really like this kind of hybrid bands, even more when it is done that well. It is not just because you play some flute on a cheap keyboard that you can be called Folk Metal. Strong riffing, amazing guitar skills, a rhythm section that slays and some of the best soft melodies in Progressive Metal are the elements that await you with “Buried In Oblivion”, all that perfectly mixed and produced.
INTO ETERNITY plainly deserves the overgrowing success they are having right now. Like PAIN OF SALVATION, WOLVERINE and SOILWORK to name a few, they are helping the Metal scene to evolve with their originality. (Online February 24, 2004)