Additionally, long time influences from 70s progressive rock and electronic/ambient music began to manifest. This transitional, formative state, is where Into Oblivion recorded their independently released debut album in 2008, after a number of rehearsal tapes and one demo. Notable to one who had heard the band from inception would be a growing interest in black metal melodicism and more complex song structure, while still maintaining the raging chaos of the earlier works. Lyrics revealed an anarchistic bent of dissatisfaction with the modern world, contempt for the manipulated and hatred of the manipulators, and celebration of society’s destruction and all true strength and power.
The album was youthful, exuberant, passionate, but perhaps premature, riddled with mistakes, and poorly produced. Come 2009, Into Oblivion had begun writing 20 minute compositions, entirely unintentionally, and was being referred to constantly as a black metal band. Live performances revealed 40 minute sets often composing of 3 or 4 songs at most, while the band was surprisingly gathering a following with this unique and uncharacteristic sound. Around this time, friend of Roman’s and Toronto scene veteran Kaveh Afshar (of Necrodios and Valkyrie’s Cry fame) took a growing interest in the bands’ music, noting how the work would sound fuller with a second guitar. Only a few months later, he himself was offered to join the band as second guitarist.
With this came the ability to flesh out compositions harmonically, which greatly accentuated the empowering melodic flow that was developing in the sound at the time. Older tracks took on a much more solid and fierce presence live as well. Finally, after a year of working on the material, the work Creation of a Monolith was recorded. It stands a work in six movements, with two instrumental pieces framing four testaments to inner overcoming and thirst for cosmic knowledge in an amoral non-dualism. More than ever before, a stormy Wagnerian/Brucknerian presence is manifested, synthesized in seamless perfection with metal’s parallels: Celtic Frost, At The Gates, Averse Sefira, Immortal, Morbid Angel, Graveland, Summoning, and Burzum.
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