Ageless Oblivion
Temples of Transcendent Evolution
Style: Death Metal
Release date: 7 February, 2011
Playing time: 45:39

If Gojira, Nile, Suffocation, Napalm Death and Morbid Angel get together and start to jam, it probably would sound like Ageless Oblivion. After the threatening exciting intro "Monument", the first song opens with a grunt 'out of his toes' of vocalist Steve Jones. He has got a rasping, unforced and mature sounding voice.

"Time of the Empty Throne" opens like a Suffocation track, fast tempo, growling and roaring vocals and unparalleled drumming. The fast tempi get alternated with slower kind of grooving parts. With the knowledge that this is just their debut, it is almost unbelievable that the members have such technical skills. They easily switch from very fast parts into slower grooving pieces and back. After all the metal core bands I listened to lately, this is as welcome as a glass of water in the desert. It's been a while since I last listened to a death metal band with such potential. They sometimes use influences of Neurosis and Cult of Luna and melodic and doomier elements. They are using these parts more and more in the second half of the CD; slower kind of serene melodic parts with grunting vocals on top.

In the last over 13 minutes lasting track all elements of their music are put together and pass us by. It could be described as a summary of their style. The most impressing fact of this long track is that it doesn't get boring. An impressive debut record that can not be neglected by the general death metal fan, who appreciates a bit variety and technical skills.


01. Monument

02. Reclamation

03. Time of the Empty Throne

04. Detachable Faceplate

05. Drone of the Nychomist

06. Unhallowed Domain

07. Mycora

08. Temples

Label: Siege Of Amida Records
Distribution: Plastic Head Music
Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: 28 January, 2011