Ageless Oblivion: Penthos

Rulebook-trashing Brit-death scamps return with a vengeance

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While most of the so-called ‘modern’ death metal scene reduces everything down to a calculated and soulless exercise in pinning interchangeable riffs to a ProTools grid, bands like Ageless Oblivion are worth their weight in toxic gold.

Expanding on the boundary-shunning invention of their remarkable Temples Of Transcendent Evolution debut, these young Brits have fulfilled their early promise and delivered a second album that bulges with ingenuity, subversion and gleeful nastiness.

Precise and destructive when in flat-out attack mode on opener Wolf’s Head, they’re also masters of the kind of slow-burning wall of sound beloved of Neurosis and their post-metal acolytes. The difference here is that everything is executed with DM’s snarling aggression whacked violently into the red, so even something as excruciatingly morbid as 12-minute fever dream Where Wasps Now Nest connects like a knuckle duster to the eye.

With a surfeit of riffs, atmosphere and intelligence, Ageless Oblivion are one of the most fascinating and exciting metal bands in the UK right now.

Dom Lawson

Dom Lawson has been writing for Metal Hammer and Prog for over 14 years and is extremely fond of heavy metal, progressive rock, coffee and snooker. He also contributes to The Guardian, Classic Rock, Bravewords and Blabbermouth and has previously written for Kerrang! magazine in the mid-2000s.