Fading Away Into the Grave of Nothingness
(The End Records) Enslain Magazine Volume 2, Issue 1 Once you've started to believe that everything has been done before, Oathean pulls a couple tricks from their sleeves, ranging from Asian-folk influences to the lovely sound of violins overtop of brutally fast riffing. Keys are a prominent instrument on this release, whether creating a symphonic background, a pianic interlude, or the vibe of violins. Real violins may have given extra strength to the songs, but this sound is definitely what makes them so original.
The intro is delicate like an ominous little fairytale. Each of the next few songs is melodic death of the typical Scandinavian sort, entwined with lush backgrounds and intermittent violins. This is perhaps the most melodic thing I've ever heard come from Eastern Asia, this one being from South Korea. Without the presence of the keyboards, this would sound a lot more like fast, brutal death metal - the entire mood is softened because of it's influence. At times the synth/piano/violin sound a little forced, but I think it is also what makes this album stand out, and it's why The End saw something special in them.
"Fading Away…" is a very easy album to listen to, and it keeps your attention throughout. "Scent of Longing" for example, begins with female vocals sung in their native tongue, almost resembling a sad ending song you'd hear on a Lunar RPG - until it turns heavy. Oathean is one of those bands that really renews your appreciation in music and it's breadth, as it neglects to consider the conventions of the genre, and instead creates a masterful release combining beautiful elements that others would hesitate to incorporate.