In Oblivion – Memories Engraved In Stone

Of the three releases offered by Endless Winter in this part of 2018, In Oblivion‘s is the most canonically close to funeral doom, even if the Texans have several digressions such as the black-like accelerations that disfigure opener Wreathed In Gloom. Memories Engraved In Stone is the debut full length, which follows the self-titled ep of 2015 from which are taken both the aforementioned Wreathed In Gloom and the title track: the Austin quintet tries with some success to cloak their sound with a dark and impenetrable veil, and there is no doubt that things are certainly better when everything becomes more rarefied and atmospheric. The opener is a very good song that, even if maybe still a bit immature, presents remarkable ideas, but it’s in An Eve In Mourning that the band aims to the big target, risking something of their own with the reprise of the well known sounds of the Funeral March; tackyness in fact always hangs over operations of this kind, but In Oblivion cleverly escape from it, abandoning after about two minutes the Chopin’s schemes (which will be recalled again in the finale) to elaborate, in fact, their own sounds with a dramatic and evocative rate not indifferent. It’s here that Justin Buller’s terrifying gasp blends wonderfully with the slow melodic unravelling of the track, demonstrating the American band’s ease in dealing with the material. The title track is even darker, at times solemn, with some references to the Russian school (Comatose Vigil, Abstract Spirit) in the keyboard work, while in the final and longest track of the lot, In Perfect Misery, In Oblivion allow themselves several minutes of breathing space before raging again and definitively on the listener’s shaken nerves. Asking a band that plays funeral music for a greater synthesis could seem bizarre, but in fact In Oblivion, for now, lacks the innate talent to find the right emotional outlet to the various good intuitions on show (the end of In Perfect Misery is emblematic in this sense, and one wonders why such a nice melodic cue was not exploited in a more generous way). The competence is there, the attitude is there: the presence of these two elements makes us think that in a short time In Oblivion could give us something really important; for now, however, this is good.

2018 – Endless Winter