Genre : Mystic Monster Battle Metal
Website : http://ancientobliteration.ca/
Location : Canada
Release title : A Menacing Reality
Release type : Full-Length CD
Release year : 2010
Label : independent
Buy : http://ancientobliteration.bandcamp.com/
2. Radiated Overlords
3. Look Inside Yourself
4. Seeking The Slimegod
5. Professor Of Black Magic
7. Giant Devilfish
8. Lust For The Curse
9. Pagan Rape
10. Hunted And Deranged In This Bleak Zone
Ancient Obliteration bring to mind a bipolar brother of Acid Witch, A.O. being the more extroverted and mouthy one...Whereas Acid Witch's vocals are more sparse and somewhat understated, A.O.'s are shouted, yelled, bellowed, and gutturally-hissed in a constant vocal trade-off between members Geoff Olson and Leslie Hurteau. Ancient Obliteration's music is more speed-driven and pummeling whereas Acid Witch's is slow, creeping, retroactive Doom Metal/Acid Rock. Ancient Obliteration rather is a mix of technical Death Metal and unbridled Thrash. The common thread between the two (completely unrelated) bands is the evocation of a Horror comicbook-esque atmosphere in their music and associated imagery, stimulating my childhood recollection of obsessively poring over underground Horror comics and mags like Vampirella, Eerie, and Famous Monsters of Filmland.
The fun of such outrageously grisly and unabashedly horrific musical visions cannot be denied. On "A Menacing Reality", their second release following 2009's "Destruction from the Past", Ancient Obliteration focus on a nihilistic perspective on Man's parasitic effect on its own planet, even the very cities and towns the species chooses to populate. A morbid sense of deliberate self-poisoning permeates the smog-ified air, just as the black smoke-belching factory chimneys of the cover illustration would suggest.
A.O.'s vocalists spew forth rage and indignation like mutated life forms who once were healthy, now hopelessly diseased. The band unrelentingly pounds the listener with its own brand of absolutely degenerate Metallic overtures, sinking deeper and deeper into a putrid cesspool of toxic sludge. With songs like "Seeking The Slimegod", "Radiated Overlords", "Giant Devilfish", and "Hunted And Deranged In This Bleak Zone" you get the idea! "A Menacing Reality" is certainly a very musically-successful indie Metal release, and utterly entertaining and engaging. It does not falter for one second of its 35:42 length! Ancient Obliteration is an uncommonly original independent Metal act and one to watch out for. I wish them total Metal success as "A Menacing Reality" proves they deserve it.
- Vile Ent