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Oblivion – Called To Rise (Unique Leader)


You can naturally deduce that Oblivion is filled with rage. That’s easy to come to a conclusion because it’s obvious in their music. But there is something more substantial going on in Called To Rise. The band presents a fireside sermon to rally the troops into a heightened sense of warfare. Who is the enemy here? The mundane? The uneducated? A war against the gods?

Whatever it may be, you cannot deny that “Oblivion Part 1: The Chant of Tyrants” is just a teaser to what is seemingly the greatest extreme metal debut you will get your hands on.

The music goes almost beyond technicality so it is a good thing to get used to these names: bassist Ben Orum, vocalist Dr. Nick Vasallo who is a professor of music and internationally acclaimed modernist composer, guitarists Ted O’Neill and Victor Dods. Dod is currently completing his PhD in mathematics all to be joined by drummer Luis Martinez, who was trained by jazz funk great Ndugu Chancler.

So what does all of this really say about the release? Expect nothing but a tightly-woven blitzkrieg of sheer intensity and well-crafted sonic metal. “Black Veils of Justice” spin quick transitions and subtle distractions, but never takes away from the overall drive of the song. “Binary Souls” tramples with a two-tier monstrosity; Martinez moving in double time, with the rest of the band stomping with a slow motion yet concise precision. It reminds me of a Voivod song if the band ramped up the adrenaline.

Don’t expect any epic songs that stretch into infinity, the band builds these fist clenching songs from a pop album perspective, keeping the songs three-to-four minutes in length on average. Once Oblivion stakes their claim, they give you no time to look back. 

In a non-perfect world, this album is as close to extreme perfection as you can get. The tyrants should be shaking in their boots.




Andrew Duncan
Dug out from a pile of zines and hot sauce, Andrew Duncan has contributed to many publications through the years, including Chord and work with the ever so spunky Readyset...Aesthetic! He now resides deep within your membrane.

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