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- Mirrors Of Oblivion - Claudia Ehrhardt - 7 stars

Mirrors Of Oblivion
(BEE Records - 2008)

Oblivion is a young band from Germany (Saarland) and was founded in 2004, but as many young bands they had to go through some changes. Finally they found the right line-up and in fall 2007 it was time to enter the studio to record their debut Mirrors Of Oblivion.
The youngsters kick off slowly and very melodic with a keyboard intro called Shades Of Oblivion. They really start off with Cold Winter Nights which is a mid-paced tune with heavy riffs. The voice of Tobias Schmitt is quite unique, but personally there is something in his voice I don't like. But that's a matter of taste. The speed up a bit for Frozen Smiles. After a break they slow down and singer Tobias almost whispers and so creates a different atmosphere. The special something the song gets from the catchy guitar melody which was there in the beginning and which they pick up again and again. On Devils Grimace their sound reminds me a lot of the 80's heavy metal, but they vary the speed and add some other elements. With Here I Am they have an anthem-like fast rocker which isn't your typical metal hymn. At Dark Sun vocals and music don't work well, in my opinion, but I can't really tell what's the problem...
The songs vary, the guys know how to play, but my problem is the voice of Tobias Schmitt. Even if his technique is good and I like the way he sings Last Hope, but still... Musically they are obviously based in the 80's metal and the vocal lines fit to the songs. So it comes down to the vocals - and that's a matter of taste. So, check them out at their website and make up your mind.

7 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt


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