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Review: Ancient Obliteration - Destruction from the Past
Ancient Obliteration
Destruction from the Past

Label: Independent
Year released: 2009
Duration: 19:44
Tracks: 10
Genre: Death/Thrash

Rating: 2.75/5

Review online: November 7, 2009
Reviewed by: Nahsil
Readers Rating
Destruction from the Past

Rated 3.27/5 (65.45%) (11 Votes)

These Canadians play "Powershredding Deathened Street Metal" according to their Myspace page. That's probably an accurate a description as any, given the chaotic, somewhat unfocused nature of their music. Imagine a rougher, more amateur Atheist, with limited studio quality production values. There's work to be done, but the active rattling bass of Leslie Hurteau and the sometimes creative riffing of Jacob Absolon do a little bit to set this band apart. The style varies from Thrash to Death, sometimes pausing in the realm of Black Metal for a quick breath. There's also a trace of Canadian melody patented by bands such as Quo Vadis and Neuraxis in the workings. Though Ancient Obliteration are far from luminaries in this domain, there's promise in their songs. Occasionally a riff shows up that tries to get you to forget these guys aren't veterans, like the opening metallic section of "Shogun". There are instances of good ideas, however undeveloped and shorthanded, throughout.

The five untitled interludes could have been left out. They're short enough to not be incredibly bothersome, but they do present a break in continuity, consisting of strange ambient noises. I haven't mentioned the vocals or the drumming because they're both adequate and nothing more. Take a guess as to the vocal range and you're probably right, high-pitched shrieking and a deeper throat growl that doesn't quite have enough bottom to it.

Iron the edges, instill a little more creativity, and these four British Columbians might have something.

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