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Oathean - Fading Away From The Grave Of Nothingness - 2005 - The End Records

Track Listing
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
7. Beyond The Memories I Lost
8. Scent Of Longing
9. Road To...
My initial impression of Oathean was that they were another run-of-the-mill symphonic black metal band. Symphonic BM is probably my least favorite style of this subgenre, due to the fact that every novice act that attempts this style invaribly trod the well worn path that Dimmu Borgir and COF trailblazed throughout the mid & late 90s.

I won't say that Oathean are in that unique, but at least they have the good taste to not resort to the musical shorthand that most bands of this ilk fall back on. Of course, I'm again referring to the vocabulary that Dimmu and Cradle have already well established. In fact, this album sort of reminds me of three unheralded melodic black metal masterpieces, Midvinter's "At The Sight Of The Apocalypse Dragon", Sacrementum's "The Coming Of Chaos", and Sigh's "Infidel Art". What these albums have in common isn't stylistic similarities; it's their individualistic take on the basic melodic black metal template. If nothing else, this album is an entertaining foray into an almost forgotten strain of melodic/symphonic black metal.


--Timmy D. 04.09.05
Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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Fading Away From The Grave Of NothingnessOathean
2005
Timmy D4/29/2005


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