Genre: Death Metal
Label: Comatose Music
Let’s get this right out of the way: Yes. James Lee is the vocalist for this band. And no, Face Of Oblivion is not an Origin clone. Why would it be since James is the vocalist and doesn’t oversee the songwriting on that level? Geez. The things you have to do to keep the stupid question from rolling on in…
And since I’m being frank, I’ll just come out and say this too: Face Of Oblivion plays death metal that’s so generic that it’s almost physically painful to think about. Don’t get me wrong, it’s good death metal. It gets the blood flowing and the head a-bangin’, but it’s also just so bland and the sense of metal deja vu hits you so hard that you’ll undoubtedly be done with it after you get about four tracks (which are honestly the best tracks in the album).
Yeah, James Lee does his thing with extreme prejudice and that’s great and all… but goddamn it, man cannot mosh on vocals alone! As far as the guitars go, there are some pretty good, albeit short solos, but there’s not a whole lot in between them. Most of the riffs are either recycled, inverted and/or repeated ad nauseum. So, not a lot of hope in that department. However, the drumming is pretty damned impressive with enough rolls to feed a nation and then you could turn around and destroy it with the atomic blast beats that plow though the whole album.
Lyrically… fuck. Do you even really need me to tell you? Standard death metal bravado with those tired “beaten and bloodied” themes. Drowned In Blood. The Dissection. Torture Harvest. Etc… The Embers Of Man is a negative zone for originality.
Overall: The Embers Of Man is a serviceable album. It gets the job done if you’re in some sort of a jam where there are absolutely zero death metal or death metal-like albums to be found and you MUST listen to some good ol’ DM or else the world will end or something. I’ll still be holding on to my copy of The Embers Of Man, but that’s just in case an end of the world scenario does pop up…
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