Band Line Up
Emily Low – vocals
Mike Low (INFERI) – guitar
Todd Harris (BATTLE PATH) – guitar, backing vocals
Andrew Wampler (OPHIUCHUS) – guitar
James Turk (ENFOLD DARKNESS) – bass
Greg Vance (ENFOLD DARKNESS) – drums
1. A Pale Innocence
2. The Curse
6. The Raven’s Lullaby
8. The Passage
One good thing that comes from listening to and reviewing albums, apart from discovering new bands and their music, is that you expand your vocabulary, especially within the death and black metal scene. For instance, Oubliette is a secret dungeon with access only through a trapdoor in its ceiling; not part of my everyday usage, but a word worth knowing, in case you are in the market for a Transylvanian castle and need a secret dungeon.
Tennessee-based melodic black metal/death metal outfit Oubliette release their second album, “The Passage”, through label The Artisan Era. This is a follow up to their well-received debut album “Apparitions”, also released by the same label in 2014.
Four years and several lineup changes since releasing “Apparitions”, “The Passage” comes to life and was recorded and mixed by Oubliette’s own Mike Low. Mastering duties were handled by Zak Denham of Anagnorisis.
Oubliette return in fine style with “The Passage”, 8 tracks of perfectly weighted melodic black metal. A well produced and well-written piece, stand out tracks are Elegy, Emptiness and Barren. Well, in fact all the tracks stand up to scrutiny, but on those tracks specifically they step out of the metal confines and float into a transcendent rock sound. Mixed with ethereal vocals, Oubliette move away from their black metal moniker and create some surprising moments: this is not just a thunder and fury band. When you have a vocalist who can sing different styles, it allows them to shine, and shine they do. They are beguiling with their serenity: if you are expecting a one-dimensional black metal album then you will be left wanting, as their songs have a subtly and space that naturally complement their more traditional black metal musicianship.
David William Hatton