I had already been vaguely familiar with Regina natives INTO ETERNITY when I decided to see for myself if all the hype was warranted. Having come across countless positive reviews, I went and picked up 2004's "Buried In Oblivion", not quite sure what to expect. Upon first listen I was thoroughly impressed by the tremendous musicianship of each member but was not quite sure if these guys were as ground-breaking as advertised. Not to be deterred I kept listening, determined to crack the code that would (hopefully) lead me to the musical utopia I had heard so much about. After several focused, concentrated spins, it all started making sense.
The Power Metal catchiness, the Death Metal aggression, the Progressive Metal flair, this album was exactly what I had hoped it would be, and much more. In hindsight, I can easily understand why it took time for this album to sink in when one considers just how many quality, worthwhile ideas are crammed into this album's less than three quarter's of an hour timeframe. While concentrating on a soaring vocal harmony (performed by newly acquired Chris Krall), you could just as easily have directed your attention on the blistering drum fills, crushing riff work or shredding solos taking place at the same time, which is where this album's minor flaw (if you can even call it that) comes through. With so much going on in terms of genre shifting, it wouldn't be unrealistic to see some Death Metal fans being turned off by the clean vocal harmonies and catchy riffing, just as a Power Metal fan would be deterred by the blasts and growls. That being said, I doubt this will have any real negative affect on INTO ETERNITY's fanbase, as the fact that numerous genres are touched upon could easily have the reverse affect to that which I just described.
A quality Metal release of the highest order, don't be surprised to see this album garner INTO ETERNITY numerous year end awards and accolades. Proving that there is no substitute for hard work, "Buried In Oblivion" is easily one of the most impressive albums of 2004, bandwagons be damned. (Online July 4, 2004)