Crematory – Oblivion (ER)

Metal such as a music genre exists for some years, and logically overcome some changes, bring us many groups, and also some legends. Alike in the case of gothic band Crematory from Germany. Band, which was born in 1991, and we can still enjoy new materials from them.

Everything begin with the dramatic, almost soundtrack intro with significant name Expectation. After expectance is time for salvation- Salvation such as a first song, and also pilot single of Oblivion, which introduce band in a newer, and perfect form. Gothic metal combined with industrial sound, supported by two guitars, massive keyboards, and with some orchestral elements. Concurrently, we can hear alternation of vocals- growl with clean woman and man vocals. Great beginning, which overcome all my expectations. Strong, full of energy, intelligent. Especially, I will pick up work of newer members of group- guitarists Tosse and Rolf, who created high-grade and robust sound. This element is the most significant in the catchy refrains. Apropos, when I speak about catchy melodies and energic bombs, this trend last for the whole album, with the one exception. This clause is song with the number 7. called Stay With Me. According to the title of it, we can hear slower, and quite romantic song. This tune is followed with the For All Us – one of the hardest song on the whole record, and mainly Immortal. Unambiguously, the best song on the whole Oblivion for me with the biggest industrial influence. Another pieces, which I will pick up is penult Blessed, with perfect refrain where Katrin rules everything with her voice, and the last song Demon Inside, which present the hardest music in the Oblivion.

So, together we can hear 1 intro + 12 songs, without some deviation of quality, because all of them are simply great. According to Markus answers in interview, Crematory focus on many details in studio, what result into perfect sound, production and instrumental side of every member- guitars, bass, drums, keyboards, that all is on a very high level. Also vocalist done their job perfectly, with great contrast of clean vocals and growl. One, of the newer thing beside the two guitars is also bigger usage of orchestral elements, which also enrich whole music. But maybe the biggest difference is fact, that all songs are in English. But I don´t  see any problem in it, because German language is too hard for me. 🙂

Oblivion is very interesting album. In spite of some differences, this album present strong moment in discography of Crematory. And personally, I say, that one of the best.

Lineup:

  • Felix Stass – vocals
  • Rolf Munkes – guitar
  • Tosse Basler – guitar
  • Jason Mathias – bass
  • Markus Jüllich – drums
  • Katrin Jüllich – keyboards

Tracklist:

  1. Expectation
  2. Salvation
  3. Ghost Of The Past
  4. Until The Dawn
  5. Revenge Is Mine
  6. Wrong Side
  7. Stay With Me
  8. For All Of Us
  9. Immortal
  10. Oblivion
  11. Cemetary Stillness
  12. Blessed
  13. Demon Inside

Year of Release: 2018

Label: SPV/Steamhammer

Youtube teaser:

Links:
http://www.crematory.de/
https://www.facebook.com/CREMATORY/
https://www.youtube.com/c/CrematoryDe

Score: 6/6

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