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Oathean - Fading Away Into The Grave Of Nothingness (4/10) - South Korea - 2005

Genre: Black Metal
Label: The End Records
Playing time: 55:51
Band homepage: Oathean

Tracklist:

  1. Distant Requiem Buried Within
  2. Wandering Soul
  3. From The Depths Of Despair
  4. The Origin
  5. A Life Of Suffering Craving The Darkness
  6. Voice Of My Soul/Beyond
  7. The Memories I Lost >mp3
  8. Scent Of Longing
  9. Road To.
  10. In Fear With Shiver (Live)
  11. The Money From The Tobacco Pouch
Oathean - Fading Away Into The Grave Of Nothingness

Now here's a first. A Black Metal band out of Korea that plays melodic in the vein of newer DIMMU and every other band out of Finland. Right off the bat, when I see a title such as this, I know that I am already in trouble because not only is the name long, but it tries too hard to be depressing and evil. Subtract a shit load of points right there.

 

After the usual instrumental intro, "Wandering Soul" is our first glimpse into the band. It's not bad, but we have already heard this style played to death (no pun intended). The growly vocals are grim while they are wrapped around neo classical keyboard work that tries to be elegant and fancy. The drums are fast at times going into blast beats as well as playing at a mid tempo range and beyond. The guitar work is catchy and the solos aren't bad, but it doesn't sound like Black Metal by any stretch of the imagination. It has more of a progressive feel for some reason. The sad thing about this album is that you could skip several tracks or fast forward and stop at random and you wouldn't be able to tell the difference because each track sounds the same.

 

Look, I hate to rag on a band this bad, but it's all been done before and there is nothing fresh here to offer. For Korea, this may be fine, but they are about five years too late with these compositions. The band does have talent, but it doesn't work here. I guess if you are new into the genre and want to start somewhere this may be ok at best, but there is much better out there because the riffs offered here are just too happy for me. (Online May 31, 2005)

Joe Florez



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