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Face of Oblivion – Cataclysmic Desolation

Face of Oblivion
Cataclysmic Desolation
by Jean-Francois Poulin at 23 April 2017, 6:05 PM

This is the second full-length release from the guys from Minnesota. I read a bit about the band before listening to anything. I like to acclimate myself with the facts and the buzz around the band. I heard they were a very technical Brutal Death Metal band and that they were making the rounds in the Gopher State. Not very well known band but I have read a few articles on them on saw some of their stuff on YouTube.

Well, I think they don’t sound very technical; it’s basically Brutal Death Metal to be perfectly honest. I had trouble finding some technical elements in the songs. There is nothing fancy about the genre; I still feel it’s past its heyday. I don’t have any problems with the genre itself, but I will admit the vocals sometimes escape me.

There is a strong energy and a raw passion about their music, it’s still very good stuff considering my relative ambivalence towards the genre, it definitely isn’t innovative by any means. I still enjoy the unbridled energy and just pure chaos of Brutal Death Metal. You just want to run around and hit something. It does get you in a better mood and you just headbang until you can’t no more. That’s the style, that’s its purpose in a way. You have some ferocious drumming and some righteous guitar work on this release. The production values aren’t the greatest but I wasn’t expecting anything outstanding, The genre does not need clean drums or computers to adjust the sounds of the instruments. FACE OF OBLIVION just has that blistering speed about them and they play like it was their last night on earth. Their live material on YouTube is pretty awesome and I have been telling alot of people that Brutal Death Metal is much more enjoyable in person. You can feel every note and the energy that the band has in front of you. On CD or MP3, well you don’t really sense much of it. Is it stripped down to its bare necessities? Not necessarily but you will enjoy it more if you can feel it in your bones.

Most songs on this album are interchangeable; nothing really stands out in my mind. Everything is brutal and unrelenting and the order of the songs wouldn’t have changed a thing. It’s an ode to the forefathers of the genre, they may have been copycats but they keep the basics from bands like CANNIBAL CORPSE or early ORIGIN.

Songwriting: 6
Originality: 6
Memorability: 6
Production: 6


3 Star Rating

1. Embracing Damnation
2. Seismic Anomaly
3. Cataclysmic Desolation
4. Aokigahara
5. Futility
6. Walls of Flesh
7. Irreconcilable Differences
8. Scaphism
9. Paradoxical Undressing
10. Debridement
11. Descent
12. Shroud of Hypocrisy
Cole Gunther  – Bass and Vocals
Jesse Watson – Vocals
Eric Baumgard – Drums
Chris Hensley – Lead Guitars
Brandon Bohlman – Rhythm Guitars
Record Label: Comatose Music


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