Beneath Oblivion - _Beneath Oblivion_
(The Mylene Sheath, 2008)
by: Quentin Kalis (7.5 out of 10)
This vinyl EP consists of two tracks of doom metal in the vein of Sun O))) and Rwake. "One year of Deprivation" starts with some feedback before launching into a tattoo accompanied by a heavy and fuzzy guitar, later joined by incessantly clashing cymbals and near-incoherent growls, interrupted only by a brief melodic intermezzo, before returning to form. "No Man or Deity" is a slower and less intense track that takes a while to find its stride, building up incrementally before finding its pace about two thirds in. Side A is clearly the more aggressive stomper, whilst side B is a broodier, more downbeat number. (Incidentally, I preferred the latter, but the two songs are on a par.) It's a nice teaser, but where's the full-length?

[As an aside, buyers will be entitled to a free digital download, an increasingly common practice by vinyl vendors -- even though LP fanatics are probably the most vehement critics of digital music formats!]


(article published 21/5/2009)

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