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The Rising Tide of Oblivion (Metal Blade Records)

By: Mike SOS

Taking its name from a Greek mythological woman sold into sexual slavery only to be allowed to buy her own freedom back, the German metalcore clan Neaera make a solid run for the gauntlet on the group's 13-track debut. Sounding somewhat like how At the Gates would if merged with Unearth, songs like the staccato savagery of "Broken Spine" seem all too familiar to the ardent headbanger, yet these guys do exhibit a knack for churning out some extreme metal chops with ferocious fluidity and a touch of darkness brought on by adding some orchestration on tracks like "From Grief--". Add on some voracious drumming, some textbook Swedish death metal fretwork, and tight breakdowns (namely the one in "Where Submission Reigns"), and you've got a sturdy release on your hands. Only problem is that the style in which Neaera plays is overwrought with many of the same bands employing similar tactics, which may steer some away, but if you've hadn't had enough of the sounds of Scandinavian metal yet, THE RISING TIDE OF OBLIVION is yet another disc worth checking out.
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