AFTER OBLIVION
Death Metal • Bosnia and Herzegovina

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AFTER OBLIVION is a technical/progressive death/thrash metal band from Bosnia and Herzegovina. Since their formation in 2006, they've released two EP's and a split album with NO BLEST.

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Stamina
Death Metal 2012

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The Carnal Form
Death Metal 2007
.. Album Cover 3.25 | 2 ratings
Vultures
Death Metal 2011

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AFTER OBLIVION Stamina

Album · 2012 · Death Metal
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"Stamina" is the debut full-length studio album by the Bosnia and Herzegovinian death metal act After Oblivion. The album was released through Metal on Metal Records in November 2012. After Oblivion was formed in 2007 and have released a couple of EPs and a split before releasing "Stamina". They have been active much longer than that though as they were known as Path Beyond Serenity from 1999 - 2007.

On "Stamina" the band play a technical death metal style highly reminiscent of "The Sound of Perseverance (1998)"-era Death. Actually the music on "Stamina" is so much akin to the sound of the last Death album, down to the sneering high pitched and über processed vocals, that it´s almost eerie. After Oblivion are a very well playing act and the sound production on the album is professional and well sounding too, but the fact that the band are content to mimick the sound of their heroes, instead of trying to compose original sounding material, is a bit of a turn-off to me. Judging from their technical skills it´s not beyond their ability. At 31:30 minutes "Stamina" is a short and "to the point" kind of release, and it works in the album´s favour that After Oblivion don´t let the tracks drag on for too long. The songwriting is on a pretty good level, but generally lack the catchy hooks of the best material by their heroes.

"Stamina" is an album for people who miss the sound of Death and are content with listening to a band that sounds as much like a clone as it´s possible. Maybe "death metal karaoke" is a bit too strong (and negative) a description, and isolated seen "Stamina" is both a powerful, well produced and well played album, so I guess a 3 - 3.5 star (65%) rating is fair.

AFTER OBLIVION Stamina

Album · 2012 · Death Metal
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Stamina is the debut full-length album by progressive/technical death metal act After Oblivion. The band comes from Bosnia and Herzegovina, which isn’t the most common of places for metal bands to come out of so I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect of the band, which I hadn’t heard before Stamina. The album was released in 2012. Previously After Oblivion has released a demo (which was also released as a split with now defunct Brazilian death metal act No Blest) and an EP. Only one track out of their older material is absent from Stamina, leaving room for one a few tracks that hadn’t been released before.

Despite being unsure what to expect from a band out of Bosnia and Herzegovina what I actually find in Stamina is something which to be completely honest I’ve heard before. Listening to After Oblivion on this album is exactly like listening to the legendary death metal act Death, most specifically later day Death when Chuck Schuldiner was getting ever technical and progressive with his writing. Every detail is pretty much exact, right down to the vocals. It’s fair therefore to say that After Oblivion are a clone act, but fortunately for them they do the sound convincingly enough that although they do sound like an imitation they don’t come across as a cheap imitation, which I feel is a key difference to note with acts like After Oblivion.

They are probably helped of course by the sad fact that because of Chuck Schuldiner’s untimely death in 2001 that there hasn’t been a Death studio album since The Sound of Perseverance (1998). I’m sure After Oblivion aren’t the only death metal act out there following Chuck’s template, but I can’t say I’ve personally come across any that nailed Chuck’s vocal style as well as After Oblivion’s Adnan Hatic does on Stamina. In my view that gives the album a bit of extra value for anyone looking for something to fill the void left by Death, although After Oblivion has a long way to go I think before they could be considered Death’s equals, they do pay more than satisfactory homage.

Stamina isn’t a long album, only just passing the half hour mark, but it gets the job done. If I ever had a problem with Death themselves it’s that Schuldiner’s unusual high pitched vocal style could grate after a time but there isn’t really time for that to happen here. Stamina may be a heard it all before album with no originality to speak of, but the more important thing to consider at the end of the day is that it is actually quite enjoyable. A great album tier rating is deserved, but I would like to hear what After Oblivion could be capable of if they started to throw more of their own take on Death’s sound rather than doing it by the book.

79/100

(originally written for Heavy Metal Haven (http://metaltube.freeforums.org))

AFTER OBLIVION Vultures

EP · 2011 · Death Metal
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"Vultures" is an EP release by technical death metal act After Oblivion. The EP was self-released in March 2011. After Oblivion originates from as exotic a place as Bosnia and Herzegovina and was founded in 2007. They have actually been active much longer though as they were known as Path Beyond Serenity from 1999 - 2007. On this release After Oblivion are a two-piece act consisting of Adnan Hatic (Vocals, Guitar, Bass) and Damir Sinanovic (Drums).

On the 3 track, 11:20 minutes long EP, After Oblivion play a strongly Death (90s) influenced technical death metal style. They are an extremely well playing band, but the clone factor is almost too obvious for comfort. The drum patterns, the high pitched processed growling vocals, the way the tracks are structured and the way the riffs are composed and played. Hell! even the solos sound almost exactly like Death´s solos did in the 90s.

"Vultures" might prove to be an interesting release for fans of Death, but as an independent artistic statement I think After Oblivion cross the fine line between taking inspiration from their idols and imitating them. So while the quality of the release deserves a 3.5 star (70%) rating I´m gonna go with a 3 star (60%) rating for now. When karaoke hour is over I´d be interested to hear what original material these guys can bring to the table. They certainly have the technical skills to pull off something great.

AFTER OBLIVION Vultures

EP · 2011 · Death Metal
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Bosnia and Herzegovina isn't a nation known for having a particularly large death metal scene, but After Oblivion should turn some heads towards the country thanks to their latest release, Vultures. This short, 11-minute EP is one that should satisfy anyone who craves for technical, melodic death metal in the vein of late-period Death. Vultures may not be the most groundbreaking effort out there, but it's an exceptional EP that promises a bright future for After Oblivion. I'm certainly looking forward to hearing what these guys have next up their sleeves.

After Oblivion plays a style of technical death/thrash metal with heavy influences from Florida-based acts like Atheist, Cynic, and Death. Expect death metal with tons of technical twists and progressive overtones, but with the raw edge that categorized the genre's pioneers. The vocal delivery from Adnan Hatic especially reminds me of Chuck Schuldiner or Kelly Shaefer - his throaty delivery is just top-notch. As a matter of fact, the musicianship across the board is spectacular. The drumwork is complex, the bass is prominent and commanding, and the guitar playing is outstanding. After Oblivion is surely a talented group, and their compositions clearly reflect this. The production has a very similar sound to that of The Sound of Perseverance by Death, which is obviously a good thing. The sound is extremely clean, but still powerful enough to convey all of the emotion in After Oblivion's music.

Vultures is a spectacular EP from After Oblivion that all technical death metal fans should further investigate. After all, the band has offered it for free in various locations (on their Myspace page and on the Death Metal Invasion blog). I'm looking forward to hearing a full-length album from these guys in the near future. For this highly-impressive (though by no means groundbreaking) EP, I'll give out a recommendable 3.5 stars.

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